Vermont State Parks 2016 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge has begun

It’s time to get out there and get your park on; the 2016 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge started April 1. The challenge is a statewide outdoor scavenger hunt where participants earn points by completing outdoor activities. Completing the tasks earns Vermonters free entry to Vermont State Parks for this year and all of next. Participants… Read More »

Staycation in Shelburne

Staycation in Shelburne

These Shelburne business owners are offering a Staycation Passport, available for spring break (or beyond) for those who aren’t leaving town, but need to get away. The Passport includes a five-class card from Yoga Roots, a 1 hour Thai or table massage from Kristin Borquist, a one-hour Eminence facial from Rachel Ahari of the be.Skin… Read More »

The LaPlatte Watershed: Why it Matters

The LaPlatte Watershed: Why it Matters

Roberta Nubile Water matters. This is an obvious statement to anyone who values drinking clean water from the lake and private wells, swimming at our beaches, paddling, and fishing for river and lake trout. This was also the message of a timely presentation organized by Lewis Creek Association (LCA), Responsible Growth Hinesburg, Voices for the… Read More »

Exploring future of energy generation

Exploring future of energy generation

When Richard Smardon and Marshall Webb were students at Shelburne Village School, they were good friends, and visited one another’s homes to play and for sleep overs. It is certain that words like ‘renewable energy’ and ‘climate change’ never entered their pre-teen conversations. Fast forward several decades, and they find themselves deeply engaged in subjects… Read More »

Historic Shelburne Farms meets new energy

Historic Shelburne Farms meets new energy

The south-facing roof of the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms, above the Children’s Farmyard, has 192 solar panels that were installed in 2010-2011. The panels generate about 47,500 KWH of electricity a year, enough to power about four homes, or nearly a quarter of Shelburne Farms’ electricity needs in the Farm Barn for the cheese… Read More »

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

By SCS 4th and 5th Graders Rae Kanarick, Gabe Nelson, Amelie Scharf, Zoe Klein, Parker Lemery, and Sophie Madden This year in guidance we learned that you should not judge people by how they appear, and that it really matters what’s on the inside, not the outside. We’re all the same in different ways! On… Read More »

Backyard sugarer strives for the big prize at this year’s Vermont Maple Festival

Backyard sugarer strives for the big prize at this year’s Vermont Maple Festival

They don’t always have the flashiest operations in town, but backyard sugarers often make the best syrup. Louis Hanlon has been making syrup from the fifteen taps on sugar maple trees in his yard for the past ten years, and, he said, “It’s like something you’ve never tasted before.” Making syrup at home takes the… Read More »

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