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  • Commentary: Consensus or Democratic Stasis?

    Posted by Posted on Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 07:34 PM

    BY BILL SCHUBART

    Vermont has a “consensus” problem. We don’t understand the concept. This confusion manifests itself especially when leadership is weak.

    For example, there’s broad agreement that we need more affordable and market-rate housing that’s environmentally efficient, affordable, and more compact than last century’s housing.

    But ask housing officials what impediments they confront when planning new projects and they’ll tell you about the tens of thousands of dollars in approval and regulatory costs and the years that accrue prior to any construction. If housing is indeed a priority, we need to revisit the consensus process that finally allows us to put shovel to earth.

  • Hinesburg is Open for Business - Revolving Loan Funds Available

    Posted by Posted on Saturday, 26 Nov 2016 05:43 PM

    BY ANDREW FROST, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMEBER

    Hinesburg is open for business. The Hinesburg Revolving Loan Fund is ready to start considering loan applications from businesses that are located or interested in locating in Hinesburg. The funds for the loan fund came from a Vermont Community Development Program loan to Vermont Smoke and Cure in the wake of the Saputo Cheese Plant fire. This funding has allowed Vermont Smoke and Cure to locate and expand in Hinesburg. The former cheese plant is home to other businesses that have decided to make Hinesburg home, including tech company Senix, Green Mountain Organic Creamery, and the Hinesburgh Public House.

  • Paul Emmons – 50 Years of Service

    Posted by Posted on Friday, 25 Nov 2016 07:46 PM

    Paul Emmons – 50 Years of Service

    At the Annual Fire Department banquet, held on October 15th at Cedar Knoll Golf Course, Paul Emmons was recognized for 50 Years of Service to the Hinesburg Fire Department. Paul joined the Department in January 1966, after asking a friend who was on the Department to submit his name for membership. Paul was approved and started his volunteer career. 

    When Paul joined, the fire station was located at the corner of 116 and Mechanicsville Road. The apparatus consisted of (old) Engine 1, a 1945 pumper which many times had to be pushed down the street to get started, and a tanker. The department only responded to fire calls.

  • Students at Hinesburg Community School Learning and Giving with their Gardens

    Posted by Posted on Friday, 25 Nov 2016 07:33 PM

    Students at Hinesburg Community School Learning and Giving with their Gardens
    BY JEAN ISHAM AND SUSAN LEPPLE

    In 2011 students at the Hinesburg Community School (HCS) started a new experience – gardening. The gardens were inspired by the ideas of Kelly Brown, a parent of children at the school. Her initial goal was to have more nutritious food served in the school cafeteria and classrooms. After a few sparsely attended meetings, a plan was put in place to build a garden in an underused courtyard ideal for outdoor growing and learning. A Nutrition Committee was formed and action items were put in place. A team that included a school administrator, the cafeteria supervisor, a teacher representative, and a parent volunteer attended the Farm to School Institute presented by Vermont FEED. Susan Lepple, an initial member of the planning committee supported the need for more nutritious local foods while also wanting to share the valuable learning that can happen in the garden. From the seeds of ideas and with community support they began to build the garden beds and sow the seeds.

  • "FOOD-Print" Open House at Town Hall Nov. 15

    Posted by Posted on Friday, 11 Nov 2016 02:40 PM

    FROM CSWD PRESS RELEASE

    Open House Features Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste in Your Kitchen

    Tuesday, November 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Hinesburg Town Hall (10632 VT Rt. 116)

    We've all heard of how important it is to shrink your carbon footprint. One way to do it is to shrink your FOOD-Print! Pop into the info open-house hosted by the local FOOD-Print Initiatives Group and pick up some new tips and tweaks that can help you save money, reduce food waste, and conserve resources.

    We've all had to throw food out because it went bad before we could use it. Did you know that about 25% of the food that Americans buy ends up in the trash? That adds up to roughly $1,600 a year from the average food budget, wasted. Who can afford that?! Once it's thrown in the trash, food becomes just another valuable resource gone to waste in a landfill, where it generates harmful greenhouse gasses.

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