Local students disconnect devices for National Day of Unplugging

Local students disconnect devices for National Day of Unplugging

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN and MARIA VALIENTE Local schools participated in a district-wide digital detox last Friday in different ways, replicating the National Day of Unplugging on March 1. Though not mandatory, at Shelburne Community School many staff members and students unplugged, stashing away their laptops, phones, and other devices. For some, eliminating technology from their routine… Read More »

Community, former employees react as Pizza Putt prepares to close

By MARIA VALIENTE Correspondent With the closing date for the South Burlington arcade and entertainment center Pizza Putt quickly approaching, the local community is coming out in spades to give the family hangout a proper sendoff. The entertainment center and restaurant has been packed since the March 4 announcement, with nostalgic adults, families and children… Read More »

A world traveler lands in Shelburne

A world traveler lands in Shelburne

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Her career with multinational company Unilever took her around the world – the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Nigeria, United States and the United Kingdom – but Hanneke Willenborgs chose to come back to Vermont when the company had a job opening in the state. “I’ve been in the company for 23… Read More »

Area churches go green with Vermont Interfaith

Area churches go green with Vermont Interfaith

By MARIA VALIENTE Correspondent When people think about fighting climate change and saving the environment, religious groups may not immediately come to mind, but Vermont Interfaith Power and Light is doing just that. The group recently awarded matching grants for energy efficiency projects through the Katy Gerke Memorial Program to three local churches, St. John… Read More »

Appeals court rules ordinance does not apply to salt facility

By LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent Once again, federal laws that exempt railroad development from local review and control have protected Vermont Railway Inc.’s Shelburne salt facility from local regulation. In a decision issued late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City ruled that a Shelburne ordinance enacted in… Read More »

Erasing hate in dramatic fashion at Champlain Valley Union: CVU students present “The Laramie Project”

Erasing hate in dramatic fashion at Champlain Valley Union: CVU students present “The Laramie Project”

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Engrossed in the fall musical last October, director Candy Padula wasn’t paying much attention to the news. She often listened to the “Legally Blonde” soundtrack on repeat as she commuted to Champlain Valley Union High School. However, one day she listened to the news, right around the 20th anniversary of… Read More »

Talking tolerance: Taking the race conversation beyond CVU

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Race and privilege have been at the forefront of Champlain Valley School District’s thoughts. This year, students created the Racial Alliance Committee, which meets in the library on Wednesday mornings. At the past few school board meetings, students from the committee have asked the board to allow the group to… Read More »