June 22, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

By Sue Alenick

United Way Volunteer Coordinator


Fletcher Free Library’s Summer Challenge for Kids has a need for volunteers to chat with kids about the books they are reading, give suggestions for other books and offer encouragement to read and experience new things. Two to three hours a week between June 18 and Aug. 25. Contact Rebecca Goldberg at 865-7216 or email rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov. [Read more…]

Donovan, sugarmakers fight FDA labeling proposal

‘Added Sugar’ label called ‘offensive’ 

Flanked by maple producers at a Vermont sugarbush in Richmond on Monday, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan called on the federal government to amend its proposal to require single-ingredient maple and honey producers to declare “added sugar” on their labels.

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Island Line Bike Ferry service back on

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The Island Line Bike Ferry carried approximately 16,000 passengers across the gap in the Colchester Causeway last year.

Reconstruction of the Colchester Causeway on Lake Champlain will allow the Island Line Bike Ferry service to resume in July, Local Motion announced Tuesday.

The Burlington-based nonprofit had announced that the ferry would be shut down this year due to spring storm damage to the causeway.

The ferry shuttles bikers across the 200-foot gap in the causeway between Colchester and South Hero.

Officials with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Town of Colchester and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announced their intention to rebuild the causeway by early July.

The ferry service will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily once the reconstruction is complete.

“Local Motion is grateful for the dedication and the hard work by Colchester officials and state agencies to elevate the importance of this public asset and to allocate the resources necessary to fix it quickly,” Local Motion Executive Director Karen Yacos said. “This shows a genuine commitment to not just the biking and walking public, but to the importance of outdoor recreation to our local and state economies.”



Traffic signal and drainage work on Route 2 will occur at the intersections with North Brownell Road and Blair Park/Harvest Lane between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Two-way travel will be maintained. Final completion of this road construction project is estimated to be mid-July.

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CSWD seeks proposals for recycling innovations

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No longer free – CSWD will begin selling recycling bins at $5 each July 1.

Solutions sought for mattresses, tires and glass aggregate

The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) is offering grants to help create or improve markets for certain hard-to-recycle materials generated in Chittenden County — mattresses, tires and glass aggregate.

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Redhawks race to state titles

Two Champlain Valley Union High School runners earned first-place finishes at the Division I high school track and field championships Saturday at Burlington High School.

Caroline Hill won the 200-meter run for the Redhawks, finishing in 26.79 seconds, and Ella Whitman won the 3000-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 24.54 seconds. Alice Larsen was second in the 3,000. Hill also came in second place in the 100-meter run.

The individual victories helped the CVU girls team finish [Read more…]

Quarterfinal upset ends CVU’s baseball season

The Redhawks held a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth inning of their playoff loss. Observer file photo by Al Frey

Eighth-seeded St. Johnsbury scored eight runs in the top of the sixth inning to blow open a Division I quarterfinal game against the top-seeded Champlain Valley baseball team and pull off an 11-2 upset win Saturday in Hinesburg.

The Redhawks, who finished the season at 16-2, held a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth inning but surrendered eight runs, then gave up three more in the top of the seventh in the loss.

Tyler Wells kept the CVU bats under control, allowing just four hits and striking out four in seven innings to earn the complete-game win.

Jake Choinere had three hits, while Wells helped his own cause with four RBIs. Jasper Rankin, Nick Guckin and Shane Alercio each added two hits for the Hilltoppers, who advanced to face No. 4 South Burlington in the D-I semifinals.

Ian Parent singled and drove in two runs for the Redhawks, while Jake Bortnick had a single. Liam Reiner took the loss, despite striking out eight.

— Lauren Read, Observer correspondent

CVU inducts business honor society members

Ten students were inducted last week into the Champlain Valley Union High School chapter of the National Business Honor Society.  CVU is the first school in Vermont to establish a National Business Honor Society chapter. The organization’s goals are to:

— Promote and recognize academic achievement in business education;

— Foster and recognize leadership skills and character development;

— Help members grow ethically and socially by promoting and encouraging an interest in business;

— Encourage member involvement in service learning initiatives.

To qualify for active membership, a student must be a high school junior or senior and have completed, or be enrolled in, his or her third business course.

The CVU chapter is one of about 180 NBHS chapters in 39 states.

23 cows dead on Essex farm

Son of owner charged with animal cruelty

An Essex man has been charged with cruelty to animals after an investigation by the Chittenden County Humane Society, Essex Police and the Chittenden County State’s Attorney reportedly verified 21 dead cows at a farm on Chapin Road in Essex. [Read more…]

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

The Stuff of Heroes

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