Wake Robin team wins 2019 ChampBot Challenge

Wake Robin team wins 2019 ChampBot Challenge

MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer They say age is but a number, but for local robotics team “Geezer Bot,” age provided the experience necessary to win an aquatic robot competition. With a combined age north of 260 years, Wake Robin residents Ed Cobbs, Jim Wick, and Steve Silverman, as well as their teammate Brook Martenis, were… Read More »

New life for revered Talent Skatepark

New life for revered Talent Skatepark

MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer Skaters rejoice! Talent Skatepark, formerly located on Williston Road in South Burlington, will begin anew after closing its doors last summer. In August 2018, Talent Skatepark owners Hannah Deene Wood and her husband Dave Wood were sure they had heard the final click-clacking and rumbling of skateboard wheels in their indoor… Read More »

Whitaker to retire as farmers market manager

Whitaker to retire as farmers market manager

MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer When many people are sleeping in or leisurely munching their morning cereal, Tod Whitaker is busy running the Shelburne Farmers Market. He’s hardly had a summer Saturday off in over a decade – but that’s about to change. After helping create the market, then volunteer as its manager for 14 years,… Read More »

Deceiving the beavers: Device to thwart beavers installed in Munroe Brook culvert on Webster Road

Deceiving the beavers: Device to thwart beavers installed in Munroe Brook culvert on Webster Road

MADELINE CLARK and LISA SCAGLIOTTI  Leave it to beaver and you’ll end up with a mess. That’s why a Beaver Deceiver was installed near a culvert along the Munroe Brook on Webster Road last Friday, Aug. 23. The Shelburne Selectboard, residents and a Vermont-based nonprofit are hoping it’ll do the trick to humanely deter beavers… Read More »

Mix of peace and justice groups gather to protest F-35 fighter jets

Mix of peace and justice groups gather to protest F-35 fighter jets

MIRANDA JONSWOLD Correspondent MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! The F-35 has got to go!” “Bernie, Leahy, Welch, and Miro: don’t make Burlington Ground Zero!” Wielding their shields and donning their capes, the self-proclaimed “Guardians of Peace and Planet” cast the power of protest in a demonstration Sunday against the F-35 fighter jets.… Read More »

Local father-daughter duo to lead ‘Adventure for Rhinos’: Peter and Tara Hetz of Charlotte begin quest to protect rhinos

Local father-daughter duo to lead ‘Adventure for Rhinos’: Peter and Tara Hetz of Charlotte begin quest to protect rhinos

MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer  Be quiet and walk downwind. That’s what Tara Hetz had to do as an armed ranger led her to see a rhinoceros up close and personal in Laikipia, Kenya. Rhinos, she said, have terrible vision but an incredibly strong sense of smell.   “It’s almost like a dinosaur. It’s just unbelievable, it’s jaw-dropping,… Read More »