Tax reform spurs Citizens Financial Group to give out $1,000 bonuses to employees

In the wake of new federal tax-reform legislation, Citizens Financial Group recently announced that it will distribute year-end $1,000 cash bonuses to approximately 12,500 employees. Based in Providence, R.I., the parent company to Citizens Bank said the investment will cost the company $12.5 million and will cover more than 70 percent of its workforce. Company… Read More »

Local pet food entrepreneur gets national recognition for freeze-dried dog meals

A South Burlington entrepreneur has been recognized by Pet Business magazine for the development of freeze-dried bland diet pet products. Kyla Sternlieb is founder and president of Under the Weather. She said her efforts were recognized by the trade publication, which highlights a handful of innovative new products each year. “We are honored to be… Read More »

Phoenix Books makes a New Year’s resolution: no more plastic bags

Michael DeSanto’s New Year’s resolution for Phoenix Books is to make the business a plastic bag-free zone. As of Jan. 1, the Vermont-based independent bookstore chain – with locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester – has quit handing out plastic bags at their checkout counters. The alternatives are recycled/recyclable paper bags or reusable totes… Read More »



Professor John W. Hennessey Jr, age 92, of Shelburne, Vt., and formerly of Hanover, N.H., died of natural causes on January 11, 2018 at the Wake Robin Continuing Care Retirement Community. A much beloved and respected professor and administrator, John Hennessey was a scholar, a feminist, a democrat, and an ethicist, with an exceptional academic… Read More »

Shelburne ice rescue training

Shelburne ice rescue training

Photo by LEE KROHN Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department members practiced ice-rescue training last week. Above, Capt. Andrew Dickerson holds a rescue device during instruction, along with Asst. Chief John Goodrich off to the right. On page 1, Lt. Dwight Mazur observes as safety tech while probationary firefighter Hunter Anderson is in the water as a… Read More »

School board answers questions about budget

Champlain Valley School District Board of Directors Dear CVSD community, Happy New Year! In response to input and questions about the budget, we developed a list of frequently asked questions. You are also invited to check out our web page at or email us at Budget Q: How will my local school budget… Read More »

Teacher shares expedition details in “The Polar Frontier”

Teacher shares expedition details in “The Polar Frontier”

Union Elementary School teacher Susan Koch traveled to the Arctic Circle aboard National Geographic’s Explorer for an arctic educational expedition. She’s now sharing what she learned in a talk on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. In “Images and Impressions from the Polar Frontier,” Koch will share visuals and stories from… Read More »

VSAC scholarship Feb. 16 deadline is nearing

The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. reminds high school seniors and returning college students to apply now for any of the 126 scholarships administered by VSAC. Scholarships – like grants – are financial aid that you do not need to pay back. Scholarships are offered by many different groups, organizations, and even individuals for a variety… Read More »


Megan Brown of Hinesburg was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. Quincy Chandler of Shelburne was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the State University of New York at Potsdam in Potsdam, N.Y. Alexandra Hameline of Shelburne was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list… Read More »

Shelburne Police, Fire & Rescue

Oct. 24 8:10 a.m. Police were called to a Shelburne Road apartment for a report of an intoxicated woman “wrecking the place.” Officers found the glass pane on the door into the residence broken, as well as numerous household items. Sharon Brailsford, 49, was cited to appear Nov. 21 in Vermont Superior Court-Criminal Division to… Read More »