CVU Board to consider future of soggy fields

By Mal Boright A cold spring with a late departure of accumulated snow has left the Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) clay-based athletic fields in, well, less than optimum condition. Nevertheless, following some 12 postponements and cancellations plus many parking lot practice sessions, the games are going on pending rainy weather. “This spring definitely… Read More »

Actor Forest Whitaker honors Vermont award winners

Academy award-winning actor Forest Whitaker congratulates Michelle Dreimann, 16, of Stratton Mountain and Richard “Tré” Diemer, 13, of Shelburne on being named Vermont’s top two youth volunteers for 2014 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Dreimann and Diemer were honored at a ceremony on Sunday, May 4 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural… Read More »

Vermont Legislature adjourns, tax increases stay

Well, the Vermont Legislature adjourned last Saturday but not without leaving us with two significant tax increases. The 2015 General Fund Budget grew by 5.6 percent over a year ago which means state spending is increasing about twice as fast as revenues. The Education Fund grew 4.4 percent (to $1.5 billion) while the number of… Read More »

Tsk, tsk, Toxic Substances Control Act

In light of recent Vermont Senate activity, I’d like to thank Senator Ginny Lyons and Representative Kate Webb for leading the passage of the Toxic Free Families Act (S.239), and here’s why: It’s hard to imagine in a state such as Vermont, prided with its natural beauty that anyone might be at risk for exposure… Read More »

Middle school Wind Ensemble travels to Montreal

By Scott Stanley, SCS eighth grader On April 10, the Shelburne Community School (SCS) Wind Ensemble went on tour to Montreal. The band played at the Alexander von Humboldt School, École Joseph-François-Perrault, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. The trip was very exciting with all of the venues and culture of Montreal. It was exciting for… Read More »

Shelburne Dines Out makes return May 15

By Janet Franz Here’s an easy way to help local children and enjoy a delicious meal without cooking or washing dishes: dine out in a Shelburne restaurant on Thursday, May 15. Participating restaurants will donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to Shelburne Nursery School (SNS), a nonprofit organization. “Shelburne Dines Out” is a fundraising… Read More »

CVU’s Tyler VanDyk wins $1K scholarship

Burlington Subaru Hyundai’s Drive for Excellence program, in its seventh consecutive year of rewarding hard-working high school juniors and seniors with a chance to win a new car, added an extra perk this year: two $1,000 scholarships drawn via raffle at the event. Above, Champlain Valley Union senior Tyler VanDyk of Hinesburg wins one of… Read More »

High school class to reach stratosphere

This semester in Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School’s  Weather, Climate and Oceans classes, students are working together to send a measuring device into the stratosphere. For those unfamiliar with the makeup of the atmosphere, the atmosphere has four levels—the troposphere, the stratosphere, the mesosphere, and the thermosphere. Human kind, and all weather on earth… Read More »

Waldorf students donate over $1,000 to New Village Farm

The gray clouds and drizzle did not dampen the spirits of fourth graders from the Lake Champlain Waldorf School (LCWS) as they hammered, measured, and sawed at New Village Farm (NVF) on Wednesday, April 30. While the students always enjoy Farm Days, this one was particularly special. Nearly six months ago, the students’ study of… Read More »

FS Gallery hosts monotype collection

Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a monotype collection, titled “Only One: Singular Prints by Casey Blanchard, Janet Fredericks, Betsey Garand, Catherine Hall, and Carol MacDonald.” The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception on Friday, May 16 from 6-8pm and will run through June 24. Originally developed in the 17th century,… Read More »