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 »

Wildlife bill stopped in its tracks

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent A bill before the state Legislature to ban in Vermont the trade of items made from 14 endangered and trafficked wild animals has failed to make it out of committee this session. There was vocal support from youngsters in Shelburne for S.29 and H.99 – identical versions of the proposed legislation. Students… Read More »

Putting Shelburne’s best foot forward: Selectboard retreat eyes pedestrian safety, town plan goals and changes to dog park

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent Pedestrian safety and ideas for “a walkable, bikeable Shelburne” took center stage early this week when the Shelburne Selectboard met for its annual retreat. A public meeting with an agenda, this annual exercise is intentionally somewhat informal, and the board opted to gather away from its usual municipal offices meeting space. It… Read More »

Big-ticket decision ahead on wastewater

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent Town officials have an important decision to make soon regarding how Shelburne handles its wastewater into the future. At its meeting Tuesday night, the selectboard got a refresher from Water Quality Superintendent Chris Robinson on the options and potential costs of each. The discussion comes as South Burlington is beginning to plan… Read More »

Shelburne fire/rescue station project gets rolling

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent The committee charged with pursuing a public-private partnership to build a new Shelburne fire and rescue station got down to work this week mapping actions to take through the end of the year. At a May 6 meeting, the committee heard from Joe Weith, a former South Burlington planning and zoning director… Read More »

Local student wins Youth4Youth grant

MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer Lena Ashooh doesn’t see age as an obstacle to activism. At 15, the Shelburne resident and Champlain Valley Union High School sophomore has written a grant application and was recently awarded funds to launch summer writing workshop that will help migrant youths share their stories. “It’s not something that you need… Read More »

Fellowship of the Wheel goes from rogue to Rogue One

Fellowship of the Wheel goes from rogue to Rogue One

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer When the Fellowship of the Wheel started, it was a loose association of friends who would mountain bike and build trails – unsanctioned, rogue trails. Now the organization is responsible for over 130 miles of mountain biking trails around Chittenden County. They were the one of the first mountain biking clubs… Read More »

Board discusses school, town meeting relations

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter After some discussion, the school board approved the same Champlain Valley School District calendar for next year that has been used for the past 15 years. At the school board meeting on April 16, Superintendent Elaine Pinckney said that they discussed three different scheduling options concerning Town Meeting Day, one of… Read More »

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