For years, I blamed the wise men. I thought they were the ones responsible for this holiday gift-giving racket where shopping becomes the reason for the season. I scoffed at the precedent the three set. Apparently, it wasn’t good enough to travel “o’er field and fountain” to visit the baby J…

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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.

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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 …

On Sept. 24 at the new Pierson Library, we held an economic development forum to address persistent concerns raised by the community regarding the business climate and economic development in …

Is it too late to save the planet from climate change? The loudest voices seem to convince us that it is. I’m listening to developments that don’t make the front page but that convince me ther…

Some residents are surprised when they find out that their local fire department is staffed by volunteers. It is and has been since its inception in 1941. Currently, we are comprised of 32 men…

Editor’s note: Barbra Marden is a Shelburne Community School board member and parent. She was a guest speaker at the school’s 8th grade graduation on June 20. Her presence at the event and her…

The Village Pedestrian Safety Group is an ad hoc group of village residents who have been meeting monthly since July of 2016. Our mission is: “To actively work toward the creation of a culture…

Early on May 31 we had a preview of what is in store for South Burlington when the F-35s will be permanently based at our airport. Our home is not in the most sensitive area. Although we are n…

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