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 […]

Mystics with Mortgages: Your own worst enemy?

Elizabeth Flynn Campbell, Wind Ridge Publishing columnist “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. So often, it’s easy to miss its radical message. I imagine that most of us, religious or not, spiritual or otherwise, believe we shouldn’t just give in to our hatred and even […]

Farm-to-school program growing at CVU

Farm-to-school program growing at CVU

By Victoria Tamas, Contributing Writer Last month, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture awarded the Champlain Valley Union High School a Farm-to-School planning grant of $2,500 as part of a $70,000 total awarded to ten schools around Vermont. The grant program, in its ninth year, has so far reached 101 schools, impacting 27,000 students. What is […]

Bridging the generation gap with a selfie and some smiles

Bridging the generation gap with a selfie and some smiles

Though there was a noticeable lack of duck lips, and no one ended up posting their hottest picture on Instagram, selfies were the main scene last week at Wake Robin in Shelburne. Thanks to Carly Stine and the Champlain Valley Union High School students who volunteer with her through the nonprofit Technology for Tomorrow, sixteen […]

Pioneering the Vermont growler movement

Pioneering the Vermont growler movement

Ever since the early days of Vermont’s beer boom, beer lovers around the state have been passionate about their growlers. As local craft beer brewing became a full-blown craze, those 64-ounce jugs of deliciousness have become more popular with local drinkers as well as beer tourists, who come to Vermont specifically to get a taste […]

New bicycle and pedestrian map proposed for Shelburne Town Plan

Marc Gamble, co-chair of the Bike and Pedestrian Paths Committee, accompanied by committee member Rocco Antinozzi, appeared at the Planning Commission’s March 10 public hearing to discuss their new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure development map. The map lists 21 planned projects, including the inter-community connector along the rail line, and one project in the village. […]

Save the date! Green Up Day will be on May 7

Save the date! Green Up Day will be on May 7

Now in its 46th year, Green Up Day has made Vermont a model for civic involvement in the service of environmental cleanliness and beauty. Join volunteers this May 7 to help remove litter from Vermont’s roadsides. Help keep Vermont green and clean! Now on the Vermont Income Tax Return, line 29, taxpayers can choose Green Up for a […]

Birds love Vermont maple syrup!

Birds love Vermont maple syrup!

Steve Hagenbuch, Audubon Vermont conservation biologist If there was one word to describe this winter, unpredictable would be a good choice. Although Vermont can’t seem to buy a good ol’ fashion snowstorm and the temperatures are all over the map, one thing we can be assured of is another excellent crop of the world’s best […]

Annette’s First Annual Community Pasta Dinner success

Annette’s First Annual Community Pasta Dinner success

Andrea Sambrook, Annette’s Preschool and The Clubhouse director/owner The First Annual Community Pasta Dinner held at Annette’s Preschool on Feb 20 was a great success. The Insider’s String Trio played as community members of all ages shared in a delicious meal, face painting and an exciting raffle of local restaurant gift certificates. A total of […]