Pups sickened by possible pot poop on Mt. Philo

By Chea Waters Evans Mt. Philo in Charlotte is usually a happy hike for local walkers and their pets. On any given morning, dozens of dogs and their owners hike up the mountain road or wooded trails. But last week, at least four dogs became violently ill after ingesting something near the road as they… Read More »

Shelburne students walk out and talk it out, too

Shelburne students walk out and talk it out, too

Much like the national movement in the background, the scheduled walkouts that took place at local schools as part of National Walkout Day were student-driven. A snow day last Wednesday meant that students in the Champlain Valley School District couldn’t easily participate in the national March 14 walkout, but Champlain Valley Union High School, Charlotte… Read More »

Snow postpones school walkout; students still determined

UPDATE: The student walkout at CVU has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. Friday, according to students and school officials.  Across the country on Wednesday, students participated in mid-morning walkouts to protest school shootings and raise awareness of the need to make changes to gun laws. At 10 a.m., students left their schools, congregated outside, and… Read More »

Bear wakes up, pays early visit to Shelburne neighborhood

Bear wakes up, pays early visit to Shelburne neighborhood

The wild weather this winter has brought an unusual cold-weather visitor to Shelburne. Last week, Kim Douglas noticed that the bark on a cedar tree in her backyard was shredded. She knew it wasn’t the work of an overly ambitious squirrel, so a call to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and some further investigation… Read More »

CVU students named finalists in State of the Union essay contest

Six Champlain Valley Union High School students were named finalists in U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ eighth annual State of the Union essay contest. The contest asks Vermont high school students to describe issues they would prioritize if they were president. This year, 585 students from 47 Vermont high schools submitted essays, according to Sanders’ office.… Read More »

New high school club addresses difficult issues

New high school club addresses difficult issues

By CHEA WATERS EVANS The topic of sexual assault and harassment has dominated the news over the last few months, involving everyone from the president down to local high school students. Although the subject isn’t always comfortable for teens or adults to discuss, a group of Champlain Valley Union High School students is working toward… Read More »

Recycling post-holidays: Regift, reuse, recycle

The holidays are over, and after the flurry of present-opening is complete and the last drop of spiked eggnog has disappeared with auld lang syne, many a household is left with a pile of wrapping paper, dead batteries, bum string lights, and broken toys. Regift what you can but most of it needs to go.… Read More »

Holiday gift guide for the last-minute Santa

Four shopping days are left and if you’re like me, there still are names on your holiday gift list that aren’t checked off. No problem – there’s still time to match that special someone with a present and some of the best gifts are right under your nose. Now stop freaking out and go get… Read More »

Community rallies for Bread and Butter Farm

Community rallies for Bread and Butter Farm

Beloved for its burger nights and well known for its beef and vegetable CSA shares, Bread and Butter Farm on Leduc Farm Road in Shelburne is a community hub. Supportive of their neighbors in many ways, the proprietors of the farm, Corie Pierce and Chris Dorman, are now feeling that support come back to them… Read More »

Five towns, six schools, one budget process begins

Five towns, six schools – the newly formed Champlain Valley School District is a $75 million enterprise. At its first budget meeting as a unified school board, school director representatives from each town, parents, educators, and community members from the five towns came to hear a presentation about the budget, then broke into smaller meetings… Read More »