‘I think the wound of this is generational’: Catholic Diocese report lists 40 Vermont priests accused of child sexual abuse

MARIA MERCIECA and LEE KAHRS  After a 10-month investigation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington released a report on Aug. 22 detailing the names and bios of 40 priests who have served in Vermont and were credibly accused of sexual abuse. At least 26 of the priests on the list are deceased, plus two more… Read More »

Encore: Mozart festival entertains new offers

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent As they regroup in the wake of this summer’s cancelled concert season, volunteers with the Vermont Mozart Festival say they are optimistic that new leaders may emerge to take over the troubled but popular musical endeavor. Just last week, Gene Richards said he received two unsolicited, “encouraging” inquiries from people interested in… Read More »

Property taxes: Past, present, future

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent Delinquent property taxpayers have been put on notice in Shelburne as town officials work to bring tax scofflaws into compliance. How? First by asking, then asking again, and ultimately looking at formal steps to collect what’s due. With the first payments of property taxes due Aug. 15 this week, the topic of… Read More »

Artisans give new life to Shelburne Farms cottonwoods: Iconic trees reach new heights as tables, bowls, earrings, picture frames

Artisans give new life to Shelburne Farms cottonwoods: Iconic trees reach new heights as tables, bowls, earrings, picture frames

JULIA BAILEY-WELLS Community News Service Tawny peels of bark and wood fiber flew from the cottonwood trunk on a recent Thursday afternoon. John Monks and his team at Vermont Tree Goods had lowered the saw to begin milling one of the trees they’d hauled from Shelburne Farms to their Bristol mill last winter. Vermont Tree… Read More »

Shelburne’s Whitcomb promoted to commander

Shelburne’s Whitcomb promoted to commander

Vermont State Police Director Col. Matthew T. Birmingham has announced that Capt. James Whitcomb has been promoted to major/Field Force Division Commander at headquarters. He assumed sole command of the division effective Monday, April 29. Whitcomb, who had been Staff Operations Commander has served for more than 20 years in all three of the Vermont… Read More »

Appreciation of community

I want to express my appreciation to the many of you who have offered thanks for my efforts on behalf of Shelburne during my term on the selectboard. The current level of engagement by the public in town policy-making is impressive and bodes well for the future. This, along with an increased focus on community… Read More »

Sunshine Week never needed more than now

It’s Sunshine Week, a national celebration of the citizens’ right to know about their government. In the past, we’ve groused about the hundreds of exemptions in Vermont’s public records law, mysterious firing of coaches, obvious conflicts of interest, and the fact that no one actually enforces state laws on open meetings and public records. That… Read More »

Shelburne voters OK first step to new fire-rescue station

Shelburne voters OK first step to new fire-rescue station

By LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent By a two-to-one margin, Shelburne voters on Tuesday decided to take the first step toward building a new, combined fire and rescue station within the next few years. They also approved a $9.5 million budget for 2019-20, filled key offices including seats on the selectboard and school board, and added to… Read More »

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