Legislative Update

Next month, legislators return to Montpelier with many pressing issues still in play during this second year of the biennium. I serve on the General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee. Here are some things I drafted bill requests for: s…

Wellness Works

Halloween was fantastic. Mother Nature provided appropriate special effects. I was impressed with the intrepid small children who gamely hiked up to our porch and tried to remember their lines, usually prompted by a dad lingering 10-feet away…

The Forest and the Trees

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Winter isn’t officially here, but it is here. The snow has flown, and the nights have grown (groan) longer. I thought this would be a good time to share a few books that I have really been wanting to read and will be putting on my nightstand.…

Vermont Bird Scene

Many of us have found a bird lying on the ground, or on a sidewalk, or in a parking lot and we always want to help. The first thing is to decide if it’s a new fledgling. If it is a baby bird, it’s almost always best to leave it alone. Many bi…

Councilor Corner

The City of South Burlington could manage trash better. Currently there are multiple providers of curbside trash collection travelling our neighborhoods each week covering the same ground. This redundant coverage drives up their operational c…


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As an active member of the community and professionally involved in building design and construction, I have attended with great interest many of the school visioning and design presentations. It’s clear that the process dictated by the schoo…

In Musing

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Here’s something I never thought I’d write; the fanny pack is back. That ubiquitous bag that tourists and my mother-in-law wear around their waist is now considered a cool fashion accessory. That’s right, while I was busy mocking the fanny pa…

Positive Parenting

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The developmental gains a child will have from interactions with adults preparing and cooking a meal are countless. Children are wired to learn and are ready to take in information.

Message from the School Board

On March 3, Town Meeting Day, the community will vote on whether to support the construction of a new middle school, high school and physical education and athletic center. These buildings would lay the foundation for educating the next gener…

View from the Bench

If you go to the Chittenden Family Court on Thursday mornings, you will see that the docket is busy with relief from abuse cases.

Guest Perspectives

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I keep two winter coats in my office year-round now: a man’s and a woman’s coat. The “why” takes me back to last winter when Jonathan came into the office to ask for help. I’ve known Jonathan for five years. I’ve seen him in the worst of time…

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