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Just about two weeks ago, most of us were barely aware of the spreading COVID-19 across Asia and Europe. It was so far away.

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Even before this “corona moment,” poetry was having a moment. It seemed like The New York Times had an article every other day: Elizabeth Warren with a poet on her campaign staff, Astro-Poets …

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On behalf of the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department, effective immediately and until further notice, we will be putting a ban on any burn permits issued in Shelburne.

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In 2011, I started writing about Charlotte and Hinesburg residents for a weekly feature entitled Notable Neighbor in the Citizen. Four years later, I was happy to add Shelburne residents when …

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Writing a column during a pandemic is an exercise in doing what’s not important. So much in my life these days pales in comparison to what’s going on in my town, my state, my country and my wo…

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Your Shelburne legislators want you to know that we are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously and are continuing our work while at home. We are in regular communication with legislative…

The ongoing pressure of being a parent is hard. It is super hard. The choices we as parents and caregivers make now will have an impact on the rest of our children’s lives.

According to an application before the Telecommunications Review Board (TRB), an amateur “HAM” radio operator can erect two 84-foot towers to pursue his hobby and is exempt from local zoning r…

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When times are tough, Vermonters have a history of coming together to find solutions that make life better not only for themselves and their families, but for the whole community. We have a tr…

I have found myself troubled by a Shelburne News policy. On Feb. 23rd I submitted a letter of support for a candidate for the Selectboard - for inclusion in the Feb. 27th edition. I was inform…

My name is Hannah Frasure and I am a resident of Shelburne. The purpose of this letter is to urge members of the community to do what they may to offset the loss of civilian lives in Idlib, Sy…

Kittens. This is an experiment to see how many people really care about kittens.

Occasionally, when I am with a client working diligently to lose weight, there comes a time when the scale stops moving just a pound or two before crossing a particularly significant line.

Watching the negotiations of school boards – and other local government boards and commissions – but particularly school boards, I’ve often found myself wondering “Why?”

As I write this article, I realize that it will be published two days after Shelburne’s Town Meeting, marking the half-way point of the 2020 legislative session.

Every once in a while, as I’m tramping through the winter woods on my snowshoes, it occurs to me that I am walking on top of frogs.

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