By LISA SCAGLIOTTI
In a single groundbreaking last fall, Shelburne looked both forward and back as plans came into focus to build an entirely new Pierson Library while at the same time renovating the 91-year-old Town Hall building.
As we combed through the 2018 archives to share highlights this week, we took note of the transitions that marked the year. In many cases, thoughts of the past and future went hand-in-hand.
As this new year begins, there are new key figures on Shelburne’s public stage: new Town Manager Lee Krohn is working with a Selectboard led by a new Chair Jerry Storey; Aaron Noble is starting a second year as Shelburne’s new police chief.
Voters in Shelburne cast ballots three times in 2018 – the general election had record turnout – but the electorate was content with re-electing incumbent Democrats Kate Webb and Jessica Brumsted to the Vermont House of Representatives.
After damaging spring storms, summer sunshine was abundant to the delight of summer concert-goers, boaters, farmers market vendors, Little League players and everyone who strolled the grounds at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms and nearby orchards and vineyards.
The pristine LaPlatte wetland that’s popular with hikers and kayakers got stronger protection from the state. Meanwhile, residents and legal experts from the town and Vermont Railway were forced to wait patiently as the legal process put a lid on the simmering dispute over the controversial two-year-old road salt storage sheds along Route 7.
While first responders raced to many fires, accidents, and rescue calls, they also managed to take part in parades, make pancakes for pint-sized soccer players, and enjoy the sounds while working at outdoor summer concerts.
The year 2018 saw steps taken to look after members of the community who might need a helping hand: the new Community Outreach effort with police and first responders strengthened the safety net for those struggling with addition or contemplating self-harm; Harbor Place added new staff to help those looking to get back on their feet; residents at Lakeview Mobile Home Park took the leap to make their neighborhood their own.
At CVU High School, Principal Adam Bunting was singled out as an example for the entire state. Ironically students there may have learned more outside of their classrooms than in them last year. Some found their voices at demonstrations against gun violence both at CVU and in Washington D.C. Many dove into frigid Lake Champlain to benefit Special Olympics. Others rallied for classmates battling sickness and comforted each other in grief when friends were lost.
We’re eager to see what 2019 brings.