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The Citizen - VT The weekly newspaper serving the towns of Charlotte and Hinesburg VT

In 2011, The Charlotte Citizen was purchased by Wind Ridge Publishing and expanded to cover the towns of Charlotte and Hinesburg under its new entity, The Citizen. In 2017 the paper was purchased by its current owner, the Stowe Reporter LLC. The Citizen works to harmonize neighboring hometown happenings into one convenient publication, distributing subscription-free to every Charlotte and Hinesburg home as well as to area businesses.

Students from Champlain Valley Union High School marched from Lantman’s Market in Hinesburg to NRG Systems Wednesday mor...
06/06/2020

Students from Champlain Valley Union High School marched from Lantman’s Market in Hinesburg to NRG Systems Wednesday morning, joining together for a social justice-minded walk. Participants were advised online to “come with signs, smiles and a desire to raise awareness about the inequality and injustices confronted by those in our society.”
Do you have photos or thoughts to share? Send them to [email protected].

Volunteers in the parking lot of Usherwood Office Technology in Williston scurried around with an enthusiasm that belied...
06/05/2020
‘Tis the season for grad festivities

Volunteers in the parking lot of Usherwood Office Technology in Williston scurried around with an enthusiasm that belied the hour – before 8 a.m. – and the day – Saturday, May 30.

Volunteers in the parking lot of Usherwood Office Technology in Williston scurried around with an enthusiasm that belied the hour – before 8 a.m. – and the day – Saturday,

VIEWPOINTWe hold the keys to an informed public. We lay the facts out, empowering readers to draw conclusions and decide...
06/05/2020
Journalism is social change

VIEWPOINT
We hold the keys to an informed public. We lay the facts out, empowering readers to draw conclusions and decide what needs to be done going forward.
Our hearts break when lives are unjustly taken. We mourn for the deaths we cover, the victims who didn’t deserve it.

I recently entered a (virtual) conversation about protests – and the cameras that are often present. A poster suggested that if cameras were unwanted in an area where demonstration was

When Josh Panda and his band became aware of first inklings of the virus, they contemplated canceling a March 14 perform...
06/02/2020
With concerts cancelled musicians turn to web

When Josh Panda and his band became aware of first inklings of the virus, they contemplated canceling a March 14 performance in Jersey City.
Cancelling their hotel reservations and arming themselves with Lysol, they decided to make the trip a quick down and back. Soon after, half the band was sick with COVID-19.

The soft, folksy songs of Burlington band Cricket Blue practically beckon the listener to come closer.Since March, duo Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith have had to keep fans at more

As the coronavirus infected Vermont, driving much of the population into quarantine, a seemingly random array of product...
06/01/2020
COVID-19 sowing changes

As the coronavirus infected Vermont, driving much of the population into quarantine, a seemingly random array of products disappeared from grocery store shelves. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and pasta all became scarce as shoppers obeyed a perplexing logic in the face of pandemic panic.

As the coronavirus infected Vermont, driving much of the population into quarantine, a seemingly random array of products disappeared from grocery store shelves. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and pasta all

Samantha Aikman and Delilah Kramer have created an online gallery featuring art that captures the experience of being a ...
05/31/2020
Creativity during crisis

Samantha Aikman and Delilah Kramer have created an online gallery featuring art that captures the experience of being a Vermont student during the time of COVID-19.

Samantha Aikman and Delilah Kramer have created an online gallery featuring art that captures the experience of being a Vermont student during the time of COVID-19. Both 16-years-old, the two

Champlain Valley Union High School is collaborating with its Essex and South Burlington cohorts to put together a social...
05/30/2020
CVU plans ‘drive-in’ graduation

Champlain Valley Union High School is collaborating with its Essex and South Burlington cohorts to put together a socially distant – and no doubt memorable – graduation.

Champlain Valley Union High School is collaborating with its Essex and South Burlington cohorts to put together a socially distant – and no doubt memorable – graduation.

A 30-year-old man found wounded at the Rocky Ridge Golf Course in St. George Friday morning apparently had been shot at ...
05/30/2020
Shooting under investigation

A 30-year-old man found wounded at the Rocky Ridge Golf Course in St. George Friday morning apparently had been shot at a trailer park in Starksboro, police said.

A 30-year-old man found wounded at the Rocky Ridge Golf Course in St. George Friday morning apparently had been shot at a trailer park in Starksboro, police said.

“This man wrote me, ‘I’m old and I’m white, poor, I live in West Virginia, but I have to tell you: Your grandmother is m...
05/29/2020
Bernard talks Carnegie Fellowship, success

“This man wrote me, ‘I’m old and I’m white, poor, I live in West Virginia, but I have to tell you: Your grandmother is my grandmother.’ And I wept at my desk.” - Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard has experienced what most of us would call success during the past year and a half. Nonetheless, she’s pondering the meaning of that elusive and often arbitrary measure

Honor 2020 graduates!With graduation and other milestone events canceled this year, celebrate your graduate with a Salut...
05/28/2020

Honor 2020 graduates!
With graduation and other milestone events canceled this year, celebrate your graduate with a Salute a Grad ad in the newspaper! Great for parents, grandparents, friends and businesses. We’ll be running graduation ads as they come in through June. Ads start as low as $30. We can help you write the perfect message, so just send your photo(s) and message to [email protected].

Champlain Valley Union High School is collaborating with its Essex and South Burlington cohorts to put together a social...
05/26/2020
CVU plans ‘drive-in’ graduation

Champlain Valley Union High School is collaborating with its Essex and South Burlington cohorts to put together a socially distant – and no doubt memorable – graduation.

Champlain Valley Union High School is collaborating with its Essex and South Burlington cohorts to put together a socially distant – and no doubt memorable – graduation.

From our sister paper News and Citizen - What changes have you noticed?
05/25/2020
Price slump is crushing dairy farms

From our sister paper News and Citizen - What changes have you noticed?

The 645 Vermont farms that make milk were already at the mercy of a volatile market with wild swings in prices. Now the coronavirus pandemic has put many of them

BREAKING NEWS: A South Burlington emergency room doctor, Eike Blohm, 38, busted on state voyeurism charges last month, i...
05/22/2020
South Burlington doctor jailed by feds for child porn charges

BREAKING NEWS: A South Burlington emergency room doctor, Eike Blohm, 38, busted on state voyeurism charges last month, is now facing federal counts of production and possession of child pornography.

A South Burlington emergency room doctor, busted on state voyeurism charges last month, is now facing federal counts of production and possession of child pornography.

On Thursday, May 14, a line of around 100 cars, with headlights blinking and horns honking, stretched from Staples Plaza...
05/22/2020
UVM students, professors, staff ‘driven’ to protest

On Thursday, May 14, a line of around 100 cars, with headlights blinking and horns honking, stretched from Staples Plaza to South Williams Street, the site of the University of Vermont president’s house.

On Thursday, May 14, a line of around 100 cars, with headlights blinking and horns honking, stretched from Staples Plaza to South Williams Street, the site of the University of

Bleeding hearts, day lilies, hostas, lupines, peonies, astilbes, primroses, phlox, sedums, shasta daisies and other pere...
05/21/2020
Plant sale sprouts on the web, blooms ‘IRL’

Bleeding hearts, day lilies, hostas, lupines, peonies, astilbes, primroses, phlox, sedums, shasta daisies and other perennial beauties from private gardens in Hinesburg shone at the Osborne Parrish Hall on Saturday morning, May 16.
This year's plant sale as a little different...

Bleeding hearts, day lilies, hostas, lupines, peonies, astilbes, primroses, phlox, sedums, shasta daisies and other perennial beauties from private gardens in Hinesburg shone at the Osborne Parrish Hall on Saturday

“Can you understand the deep amount of hurt and pain that this might have caused, but do you have any empathy at all?”El...
05/20/2020
Meeting confusion

“Can you understand the deep amount of hurt and pain that this might have caused, but do you have any empathy at all?”
Elizabeth Deutsch of Hinesburg got cut off during the May 6 Zoom selectboard meeting, while commenting on Lake Iroquois’ milfoil problem.
In a Zoom conversation on Monday, May 18, she shared her point of view.
She was reported as having said “F--- you” to Chris Conant, head of the Lake Iroquois Association.
Deutsch maintained she said, “I didn’t interrupt you” to Conant.
During the current pandemic with technology ruling most conversations and almost all meetings around the globe, it’s “he said she said.”
This is no different.

“Can you understand the deep amount of hurt and pain that this might have caused, but do you have any empathy at all?”

A feel-good story from South Burlington - what parades have you seen lately?
05/18/2020
Celebrating 95-year reign of kindness

A feel-good story from South Burlington - what parades have you seen lately?

Despite the rain, around 20 vehicles paraded past Robert LaClair’s home on Proctor Avenue in South Burlington for his 95th birthday on Monday, May 11.

Social distancing has impacted Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar...
05/16/2020
Ramadan and the Hajj during COVID-19

Social distancing has impacted Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The period begins and ends with the crescent moon, this year beginning on April 23 and ending on May 23.

Two weeks after beginning Friday prayer service in its new South Burlington mosque, the Islamic Society of Vermont had to close its facility due to COVID-19.

David Greenberg’s grandfather came from Poland to the United States in 1909. While at Ellis Island he heard, “There was ...
05/15/2020
Acceptance in Vermont … mostly

David Greenberg’s grandfather came from Poland to the United States in 1909. While at Ellis Island he heard, “There was this place called Vermont where you could buy land if you were Jewish.”

Jewish American Heritage Month comes at a noteworthy time of year for Temple Sinai.

The long simmering debate about using an herbicide to fight an invasive weed in Lake Iroquois roiled to a boil at the Hi...
05/14/2020
Milfoil curse haunts selectboard meeting

The long simmering debate about using an herbicide to fight an invasive weed in Lake Iroquois roiled to a boil at the Hinesburg Selectboard meeting on Thursday, May 6.

The long simmering debate about using an herbicide to fight an invasive weed in Lake Iroquois roiled to a boil at the Hinesburg Selectboard meeting on Thursday, May 6.

Dinner and a Movie is a weekly benefit series run by Phish’s charitable organization, Waterwheel. Each week, the band st...
05/12/2020
Bouncing around the … Zoom

Dinner and a Movie is a weekly benefit series run by Phish’s charitable organization, Waterwheel. Each week, the band streams a full concert from one of its past tours – for free. The band also shares a recipe for viewers to follow and pair with their concert-viewing experience.

Perhaps taking a cue from its song, “Down with Disease,” Phish dedicated its recent Dinner and a Movie concert night to benefit Frontline Foods – an organization helping restaurants and

“Seventy percent of American sign language is facial expressions. The majority of the grammar is within the facial expre...
05/11/2020
Crisis shows need for sign language at press conferences

“Seventy percent of American sign language is facial expressions. The majority of the grammar is within the facial expressions. Adjectives - all of that is clearly defined within the facial expression.”

Gov. Scott’s thrice weekly press conferences have featured sign language interpreters – albeit inconsistently. They started with interpreters for the deaf present, then went without.

The trees are starting to bud, flowers are beginning to bloom and in Hinesburg it’s time for the annual Hearts for Hunge...
05/10/2020
Hearts for Hunger 5k run goes virtual for BackPack Program

The trees are starting to bud, flowers are beginning to bloom and in Hinesburg it’s time for the annual Hearts for Hunger 5K. But this year, the run will look a bit different: Participants will hit the road, raising funds for a good cause – in a virtual race.

The trees are starting to bud, flowers are beginning to bloom and in Hinesburg it’s time for the annual Hearts for Hunger 5K. But this year, the run will look

Shortly after Ella Kenney’s food drive began and donations started – and kept – coming into the parking lot at Williston...
05/08/2020
Community comes out in droves during multi-town food drive

Shortly after Ella Kenney’s food drive began and donations started – and kept – coming into the parking lot at Williston Central School, she may have been reminded of a famous quote from the movie “Jaws.”
As the food and other necessities piled up on Saturday morning, April 25, Kenney’s riff on the fishermen’s line about the inadequacies of their boat might have been: “We’re going to need a bigger car!”

Shortly after Ella Kenney’s food drive began and donations started – and kept – coming into the parking lot at Williston Central School, she may have been reminded of a

Reliable news and information is vitally important. Local advertising has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis but The C...
05/07/2020
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Warmer weather usually brings out sommeliers and wine novices alike looking to taste Shelburne Vineyard’s latest vin.But...
05/06/2020
Wine time: Shelburne Vineyard adjusts to COVID-19

Warmer weather usually brings out sommeliers and wine novices alike looking to taste Shelburne Vineyard’s latest vin.
But now, the tasting room has closed in favor of social distancing-approved curbside pickup during limited hours.

Warmer weather usually brings out sommeliers and wine novices alike looking to taste Shelburne Vineyard’s latest vin.

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.”It was a voice not even the most organized planner could have anticipated to conf...
05/05/2020
‘I do’ vs. ‘I will’

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.”
It was a voice not even the most organized planner could have anticipated to confront. But COVID-19 has spoken loudly, has been far from peaceful and has forced some couples to put their wedding day on hold.

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.”It was a voice not even the most organized planner could have anticipated to confront. But COVID-19 has spoken loudly, has been far from

Like so much that COTS has done over the years, they’ve designed the Sunday, May 3, coronavirus-restricted version of th...
05/04/2020
COTS: Still walking after three decades

Like so much that COTS has done over the years, they’ve designed the Sunday, May 3, coronavirus-restricted version of the “walk” with the creative flair the organization has demonstrated since it opened its first overnight shelter on Christmas Eve 1982.

Although Sunday, April 1, 1990, dawned as a gorgeous spring morning, it started as hectic and uncertain day for COTS volunteers and their new fundraising effort for a cause that

With historic levels of unemployment claims, Vermonters are seeking help in a challenging health and economic environmen...
05/01/2020
Food shelves meet rising demand

With historic levels of unemployment claims, Vermonters are seeking help in a challenging health and economic environment.

Around the country, full parking lots and long, socially distanced lines are stretching out at community food shelves.

Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System, has resigned, less than two weeks after he proposed the ...
04/30/2020
State colleges chancellor resigns after closure debacle

Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System, has resigned, less than two weeks after he proposed the near-immediate shutdown of college campuses in Johnson, Lyndon and Randolph.

Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System, has resigned, less than two weeks after he proposed the near-immediate shutdown of college campuses in Johnson, Lyndon and Randolph.

Officers arrested Dr. Eike Blohm, 37, at his Meadowood Drive home in South Burlington on Friday afternoon, police said.
04/28/2020
UVMMC doctor accused of voyeurism

Officers arrested Dr. Eike Blohm, 37, at his Meadowood Drive home in South Burlington on Friday afternoon, police said.

An emergency department physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center is facing multiple charges of voyeurism after a hidden camera was found in a staff-only bathroom at the Burlington

04/28/2020

If you're a high school senior graduating this spring, we'd love to know if you have plans for a socially distanced prom celebration. Any photos?

“I wouldn’t wish this kind of pain on anyone and with your continued effort, fewer families will have to grieve in isola...
04/27/2020
Grieving separately and recovering alone

“I wouldn’t wish this kind of pain on anyone and with your continued effort, fewer families will have to grieve in isolation, and we just might be able to exchange hugs soon!”

The coronavirus has devastated the family of Frank Twarog and he’s worried Hinesburg residents are minimizing the risks of the disease.On Monday morning, April 13, Twarog’s mother passed away from

“This process has been lacking in transparency,” said Patrick Wickstrom, a student at NVU-Lyndon. “The proposed plan is ...
04/27/2020
Vermont State College students react to potential closure

“This process has been lacking in transparency,” said Patrick Wickstrom, a student at NVU-Lyndon. “The proposed plan is ill advised and irresponsible. We must devise a plan that works with unions, students, local communities and all of Vermont that delivers equity and equality.”

The news that Chancellor Jeb Spaulding proposed closing three campuses in the Vermont State Colleges system spread like wildfire across the Johnson campus of Northern Vermont University on Friday, April

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In 2011, The Charlotte Citizen was purchased by Wind Ridge Publishing and expanded to cover the towns of Charlotte and Hinesburg under its new entity, The Citizen. In 2017 the paper was purchased by the Vermont Community News Group, which also has high-quality weekly newspapers in South Burlington, Shelburne, Stowe and Morristown. The Citizen works to harmonize neighboring hometown happenings into one convenient publication, distributed subscription-free to every Charlotte and Hinesburg home as well as to area businesses.

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Award-winning, Full Throttle Native Americana artist, Cary Morin will be performing at Highland Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 22nd. Cary is described as, "one of the best pickers on the scene today." Cary recently won the 2019 Indigenous Music Award for "Best Blues." He is a multi- award winning nationally and internationally touring artist.
Holiday Concert in Charlotte this weekend! Solaris Vocal Ensemble presents seasonal music this Saturday evening, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Congregational Church. more details: www.SolarisEnsemble.org
Wanted: ROLAND M. PRAIRIE! For: PERJURY, WITNESS TAMPERING, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE! Victim: CAROL J. PATTEN!
Sharing this news from South Burlington from the Shelburne News.
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