The Readers Write

Town manager addresses Vermont Railway case First of all, I want to recognize the overwhelming community support shown for the actions of the Town since this project became public in early January. Second, Chairman von Stange deserves special praise for his leadership and volunteer time commitment throughout this ordeal. Third, Claudine Safar was outstanding representing Shelburne… Read More »

Kwiniaska golf course development reviewed

Kwiniaska golf course development reviewed

More than two dozen Shelburne residents turned out for the Development Review Board meeting on April 20 to express their concerns about the Sketch Plan presented by Snyder Custom Homes for developing 100 new homes on the Kwiniaska property on the southern edge of Spear Street. The DRB had previously reviewed the proposal and conducted… Read More »

Shelburne’s inaugural poet laureate Rick Bessette

Shelburne’s inaugural poet laureate Rick Bessette

Lara Keenan, Pierson Library Director As a joint venture of the Shelburne town manager and Pierson Library director, the Shelburne Selectboard adopted a poet laureate program in fall 2015 to support and celebrate poetry and the arts in the community. Town Manager Joe Colangelo, Pierson Library Director Lara Keenan, and Flying Pig Bookstore co-owner Elizabeth… Read More »

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 »