Students praised by governor for refugee outreach efforts

Students praised by governor for refugee outreach efforts

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin praised two South Burlington High School students today for their efforts in helping Syrian refugees stay warm this winter. Students Lena Ginawi and Kiran Waqar were featured on Vermont Public Radio for their efforts to collect fleece blankets and warm clothing for those affected by the violence in Syria. Both are… Read More »

Angels aglow at local Christmas show

Angels aglow at local Christmas show

Mater Christi School’s Mustasa Semic is one of the few people in Vermont pleased about the lack of snow. He helped the drivers of about 200 cars find places to park as they gathered for the Mater Christi School second annual Memorial Tree Lighting ceremony and the K-4 choral concert on Dec. 10. The mild… Read More »

The many gifts of John Penoyar

The many gifts of John Penoyar

John Penoyar’s Burlington office overlooks the Winooski River. The comfortable space includes a desk, chairs and art work on the white walls. The work area gives a hint of Penoyar’s profession as a psychologist, but there’s little inkling of his life as a musician-singer. A Hinesburg resident for 29 years, Penoyar’s musical career was born… Read More »

Vermont has high percentage of women farmers

Vermont has high percentage of women farmers

By Lettie Stratton Farming may have long been a male-dominated industry, but that is changing—especially in Vermont. USDA data on farming shows that Vermont has one of the highest percentages of women farmers in the country. Thirty-nine percent of Vermont farmers are women—that’s nearly 5,000 female farmers, and more than 22 percent of those women… Read More »

Glycol leak causes evacuation at nearby school

Glycol leak causes evacuation at nearby school

Charlotte Central School was evacuated for the day Dec. 9. Students were brought by bus to the Charlotte Congregational Church after an initially unidentified smell, that was causing some students and staff members to become lightheaded, was discovered coming from the boiler room. In a recording sent to parents, Chittenden South Supervisory Union Chief of… Read More »

Locals set off on western ski adventure

Locals set off on western ski adventure

By Andy McClellan Just after final exams end at UVM, Tim McClellan of Shelburne and six others will set off on a ski adventure via a converted school bus that will take them across the country in search of powder in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and perhaps British Columbia. McClellan, a senior at UVM and… Read More »

Season kicks off with signs of love, peace and camaraderie

Season kicks off with signs of love, peace and camaraderie

Hello again, Santa Claus. Children scampered to the green in front of Jamie Two Coats Toy Shop, an apropos station for the merriment to commence in Shelburne. Town Manager Joe Colangelo was there, with his family in tow, to kick off the traditional Holiday Stroll on Dec. 4. Selectboard Chair Gary von Stange was there,… Read More »

Fluoride under attack in some towns, while Shelburne Community School has lowest prevalence of tooth decay

By Cameron Kovach In 1999, the Hinesburg Selectboard unanimously approved the installation of a sodium fluoride saturator to the town’s water system. Fluoride, when added to drinking water, has the beneficial effect of preventing tooth decay. Despite broad scientific support of the safety and effectiveness of properly fluoridated drinking water, anti-fluoridation activists have some Hinesburg… Read More »

Great expectations met through Hands to Honduras-Tela

Great expectations met through Hands to Honduras-Tela

In October, Hands to Honduras-Tela leaders Linda Gilbert, Al Gilbert and Dave Jonah traveled to Tela, Honduras to participate in the opening and dedication of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Tela Hospital, the second of three major projects the group has tackled with its long-range Maternal Child Health plan. These major projects… Read More »

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