Of Elephants and Salt Sheds

By Representative Kate Webb Representative Lenes and I receive requests from our community regarding personal, local, and state as well as global issues. With 14 committees in the House and 11 in the Senate, the legislature is well designed to hear concerns, from large to small, and from personal to far-reaching issues important to Vermont… Read More »


Deaths Leonard F. Swift – Shelburne Leonard “Gus” Fordyce Swift, educator, historian, mentor, eternal learner, and kind, generous, witty man, died Feb. 17, 2015, in the University of Vermont Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was one month short of his 99th birthday. He had been a resident of Wake Robin in Shelburne since… Read More »

SCS board discusses bond and Snelling Park

During the Shelburne Community School (SCS) Board’s regular Feb. 17 meeting, a handful of community members voiced their support for the $11.2 million bond. The article is slated to be voted on by Australian ballot at Town Meeting, March 3. Eric Brunvand, a teacher on Holden House, kicked off the public comment portion of the… Read More »

Understanding Shelburne’s cultural landscape

What do street trees and historic buildings have in common? They are both distinct features of the “cultural landscape,” or the complete sum of natural and constructed resources in the environment. The National Parks Service defines this type of landscape as a “geographic area associated with a historic event, activity, or person or exhibiting other… Read More »

Selectboard talks telecommunication towers, solar array, dog parks, and stormwater

By Heather McKim The Shelburne Selectboard focused on getting a “seat at the table” when it comes to the unregulated proliferation of telecommunication towers and facilities at its Sept. 23 meeting. The Board members sought to gain that seat through proposed amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan. The meeting provided the stage for the second… Read More »

Shelburne’s primitive path explained

By Sadie Williams & Sheri Duff A proposed path from Pierson Drive to Hawley Road in the Boulder Hill subdivision was a discussion topic at the June 10 Selectboard meeting. The proposal, presented by Shelburne Heights resident Michael Ashooh, would establish a primitive path approximately 2,400’ long and 2’ wide that would involve clearing vegetation… Read More »

Selectboard tackles issues at regular meeting

By Heather McKim The July 22 meeting of the Shelburne Selectboard saw the return of a familiar face to the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission (HPDRC), a meeting with the Bike and Pedestrian Paths Committee, and a look at the town’s trees. David Webster, who had previously served on the HPDRC for a few… Read More »

Selectboard addresses suspension bridge

By Heather McKim The future of the pedestrian suspension bridge over the LaPlatte River and the direction of policies and procedures for boards and committees were two of the issues discussed at the July 8 meeting of the Shelburne Selectboard. The meeting also provided a time for the Historic Preservation and Design Review Committee (HPDRC)… Read More »