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Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

I can't wait for train service between Burlington and St Albans, desperately needing an alternative to daily driving. I hope this work out!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kathy2 on 11/18/2017 at 5:27 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

Over the years every reference to the Kmart Plaza mentioned pollution as an obstacle to development. For years Kmart was alone with a huge empty building next to it in a prime retail zone off of Shelburne Rd. The explanation for why no one moved in was that the site was polluted and many millions would be needed to clean it up. I was curious as to why a usually very thorough Molly Walsh did not mention this part of the story.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Claude Lehman on 09/23/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

I love shopping at City Market despite the Dismal parking. I appreciate that it's employee and community owned and also that it consistently supports local farms. I want to know where my food comes from. City Market has a great organic produce department, local meats, and ready to eat section with hot and chilled foods. There is no competition to their outstanding customer service. Every employee is vested in making your shopping experience the best. I live in Hinesburg and visit City Market multiple times each week. I'm looking forward to the opening of the new store as an alternative to driving downtown each time that I want to shop.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Kay Mitchell on 09/22/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

Same for telecom? "The demand for local is strong; the demand for having a community-owned, member-owned [grocery store] is strong," he said.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 09/22/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

With the single exception of Trader Joe's, I am constantly astonished by the lack of good customer service in supermarkets here. I'm not that interested in the grandeur of the store as much as I am in being served by helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and polite people. Trader Joe's always hits it out of the park, but the others not so much.

14 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 09/21/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Food Fight: Burlington-Area Grocers Spar for Customers

The old K-Mart building is a great location for some MUCH needed affordable housing right on the route 7 bus line.

The South Burlington Development Review Board should do their jobs and reject this project for all the reasons this story discusses. There is no need to have this many groceries in such a small distance.

When is South Burlington going to do some actual planning before the developing?

18 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by foundhim on 09/20/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Meet the Brit Who Turned Around Burlington Telecom

Was Stephen Barraclough's relationship to News Corp UK & Ireland Ltd left out of article on purpose? ~

Posted by Honestbabe on 09/08/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “A Williston Official Regulates Land Use — and Develops Projects, Too

Similar conflict of interests exist with Vermont town School Boards. Teachers may not be able to serve on School Boards in the same town they teach in, but they do serve on town School Boards of neighboring towns. The conflict comes at pay negotiation time - the teacher representatives doing the negotiating bounce the pay theyre looking for off the neighboring towns that pay their teachers the most, and so the teacher serving on a school board in a neighboring town wil benefit by pushing the pay as high as he can in the town whose school board he serves on. Small town politics is a very dirty game.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mountains on 08/26/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “A Williston Official Regulates Land Use — and Develops Projects, Too

The town of Huntington has a similar issue. A member of the DRB and planing commission with close friends on the selectboard, is building a development, one of very few in rural Huntington. The meeting minutes, in my opinion, show some bending of the rules and weaseling of favors that no other land owner would get. The most recent minutes show this person "on the board" til 8pm, then continuing the meeting as an "others present" while discussing his development. Super sketchy.

The biggest issue is that these folks can not objectively recuse themselves fully unless they're off the board. They will always vote with their own best interests in mind.

16 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by jmwd54 on 08/24/2017 at 1:54 AM

Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

Visionary? Yes, to a degree. Why not completely visionary? Because the need for rail transit in Vermont is just plain obvious. The single occupant car/truck model of transportation is antiquated, expensive and dirty.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Clay Turnbull on 08/14/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

I'm concerned that the water situation, arguably the most important issue in this Hobby/Enterprise, is relegated to a "learn as you go" status. Is it known how much water is required? Is there a contingency plan if the neighbors' water source is drained or contaminated? But, more importantly, given the location of this hobby with respect to Lake Champlain, what about the runoff of the pesticide laden water? Does the runoff magically miss impacting the lake in the same way that pesticides magically don't hurt bees just because you say they don't?
There's a diminishing bee population that might dispute the "magical thinking" logic regarding pesticides.

It would appear there needs to be a lot more work to insure the safety of our lake and our bees to be done before this hobby commences.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cathy Huskisson on 08/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Nice to see some innovation and agriculture in our state. To all the suburbanites that feel NIMBY,,, move back to New Jersey. If he gets chickens it will get worse, a rooster, OMG

12 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Pixelvt on 08/07/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Hops production, like other commercial crops, may sometimes require the judicious application of certain chemical products in order to minimize the potential for crop failure. However, the resource demands and hidden costs of raising a successful crop of affluent rural suburbanites on an identical plot in the Charlotte countryside are infinitely greater.

37 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by flipflopfly on 08/05/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “David Blittersdorf Bets on Vermont Commuter Rail

I hope it works! Can not wait to railfan more trains!

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Vermont Railfan on 08/03/2017 at 7:19 PM
Posted by Rich ard on 08/02/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

In Charlotte,McMansions good, Hop farms bad, NIMBYs whining.

45 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Sperry on 08/02/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Conflict Brews Between Charlotte Hops Farm and Its Neighbors

Pesticide drift has been a problem for neighbors in Vermont, as well as the Ag Agency's support of the use of toxic chemicals. VCE did a report in 2002 detailing three different experiences http://vce.org/deancrisisagvt.html.

The issue of using a site for processing has also been a nightmare for neighbors, as detailed in this testimony from 2004 http://vce.org/righttofarmtestimony.html. In that case, an apple orchard expanded into an apple processing/bagging facility and took on other customers. After credible complaints from neighbors, the Ag Dept. sided with the farmers.

Vermont's sacred cow of agriculture has imbedded so many waives from environmental rules that it is very difficult for neighbors to address potential problems before they happen and virtually impossible after the project is operating. In one case, VCE assisted the South Woodstock community in dealing with a proposed lamb feedlot and slaughterhouse. After learning there was zero public comment or participation component, the neighbors pooled resources and purchased the property and it is now the award winning Vermont Farmstead Cheese operation.

Why is it so hard to be good neighbors? To Mr. Briggs, I would say if you haven't figured out your water needs and the impacts on the neighbors, I suggest stopping and working with a credible hydrogeologist to evaluate the needs and issues so that there is a way to address problems if people's wells go dry or if the neighboring farmers are negatively impacted.

45 likes, 36 dislikes
Posted by A. Smith on 08/02/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Looking for a Hero: A Champlain Islands Institution Is for Sale

Nice, well-written story....worth a visit....

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bill Keogh on 06/28/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Rocket Erotic Offers Positive Sex Ed With Its Toys

In an age when you can buy anything you want on the Internet, it's good to see a good old-fashioned "brick-and-mortar" sex store, even of the "pop-up" variety. We need more places in Vermont where people can buy sex toys. More sex toys and more people buying them in real stores!

13 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/28/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Update: Finally Christine

I am so ABSOLUTELY happy for Christine and I wish her the best. She is an inspiration to many. She is courageous and very strong to be able to do what she did. I am so incredibly happy that she is able to live out the rest of her life just the way she wants to and to be the person she has always known she was. My heart goes out to her

Posted by Nicole Hayes on 06/18/2017 at 9:06 PM

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