Regional group forms to boost land protection

Leaders in five neighboring towns have come together to form the Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership. Recognizing that natural resources cross boundaries, the municipalities of South Burlington, Shelburne, Hinesburg, St. George and Williston have committed to collaborate in their efforts to conserve and manage land. The decision to join the partnership was approved by the South… Read More »

New life for revered Talent Skatepark

New life for revered Talent Skatepark

MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer Skaters rejoice! Talent Skatepark, formerly located on Williston Road in South Burlington, will begin anew after closing its doors last summer. In August 2018, Talent Skatepark owners Hannah Deene Wood and her husband Dave Wood were sure they had heard the final click-clacking and rumbling of skateboard wheels in their indoor… Read More »

‘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 »

Mix of peace and justice groups gather to protest F-35 fighter jets

Mix of peace and justice groups gather to protest F-35 fighter jets

MIRANDA JONSWOLD Correspondent MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! The F-35 has got to go!” “Bernie, Leahy, Welch, and Miro: don’t make Burlington Ground Zero!” Wielding their shields and donning their capes, the self-proclaimed “Guardians of Peace and Planet” cast the power of protest in a demonstration Sunday against the F-35 fighter jets.… Read More »

City kids find greener grass in Vermont for the summer

City kids find greener grass in Vermont for the summer

MARIA MERCIECA Correspondent “The bus should be pulling in any minute!” Several dozen families gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in South Burlington on Friday to welcome a bus full of New York City children, sending parents, siblings and dogs to the parking lot with their welcome signs held high. The kids are participating in the… 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 »

Students praised by governor for refugee outreach efforts

Students praised by governor for refugee outreach efforts

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin praised two South Burlington High School students today for their efforts in helping Syrian refugees stay warm this winter. Students Lena Ginawi and Kiran Waqar were featured on Vermont Public Radio for their efforts to collect fleece blankets and warm clothing for those affected by the violence in Syria. Both are… Read More »