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Hula Hoops and Horses: Summer Events are Back in Chittenden county.

By Ryan Canty

VERMONT– This summer the Champlain Valley fair will once again be hosted at the Champlain Valley exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont and is set to start on August 27 and run through September 5th. The Fair will include all rides and events from previous years, while still following CDC Covid-19 guidelines. The Champlain Valley exposition will also hold other events during the summer.

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The First event to take place this summer was Green Mountain Barrel Racing which concluded May 21st and 22nd. GMBR is a professional barrel racing organization created to focus on fun, safety and horsemanship. Barrel racing is an event that takes place in the expositions rodeo portion. This is where horses are raced in a clover pattern around 4 barrels to see who has the fasted time

Other events taking place this will be the Tedeschi Trucks band happening on July 4th and the PRIMUS – A Tribute to the Kings happening October 2nd. PRIMUS is a heavy metal band that will be on tour all summer.

Other events that are not taking place at the Champlain Valley Expo. have also been scheduled for this summer. The Festival of Fools in downtown Burlington wil take place on Church street from July 30th to August 1st. This event is a curated festival of street theater created to engage the community through the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. The acts headlining this year will be Snap Boogie, Secret Circus, Pogo Fred, The Wet Ones, and more!

 

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Stand Up for the Lake

Racers at the 2020 SUFTL
Racers at the 2020 SUFTL

By: Phoebe Henderson, June 1st 2021

BURLINGTON, VT– In early August 2021 (the specific date has not been decided yet), the 13th annual Stand up for the Lake event will take place at the Burlington Surf Club, hosted by the team of Wnd & Wvs, Hula, The Spot and The Spot on the Dock. This event will be filled with activities and celebrations on the waterfront. 

I spoke to Jeff Henderson, creative director and team member of Wnd&Wvs and Hula, about the event and what’s expected for this year:

“Stand up for the Lake is a paddle board race with probably around a few hundred competitors. There are two races: a six-mile race for the elite athletes and a three-mile recreational race. Basically, there’s a course on Lake Champlain and you start on the beach and then you ride the course and race on a 14-foot paddle board against men and women who also like to paddle race. It’s a day filled not only with the race but a fun party. There’s usually food trucks and it’s really a great place for the stand-up paddle community to get together and have a fun time.”

 

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How will the event look compared to last year’s?

“This will be the first year after a lot of the Covid restrictions, so we’re hoping to get even more people because we’re not limited to I think it was 150 last year, there will be no limit and there will definitely be loosened mask requirements. I think a lot of people with their mentality will be a lot more joyous that they’re out on the lake and you know feel like they’ve gotten their lives a little bit back to normal, so I think it’s going to be a really fun event this year after what we went through last year.”

What can people do to be involved?

“Really the event is mostly about community and not so much the competition, although it does get very competitive. We normally have a cash prize of $3,000 that goes out to the top five winners of the race. We have a great community in Burlington, a lot of people that either work with the event or just friends who are just big fans of what we’re doing, they often want to help out with the event. Originally the event was a fundraiser for the Burlington Sailing Center, but for the last five years it hasn’t been. There are also opportunities to sort of come and be at the event on a sponsor level if you want to kind of showcase your (usually water sport-related) business or product, people can come and set up tents and usually those folks also offer prizes or goodie bags that type of thing for the racers. There’s lots of opportunities to be a part of the event even if you’re not into stand up paddling.”

Who organizes it?

“Primarily, Stand Up for the Lake was started I think even before Wnd and Wvs started, and it was just a group of people that like to paddle. But stand up paddle is a sport and our team wanted to basically have a party and get some friends together and have some light competition. Then Wnd and Wvs really took it over. Now it’s become part of a bigger sort of community with the Hula project down on the waterfront and the Burlington Surf Club as well as Wnd and Wvs and you know we’re just trying to make it bigger and better every year.”

Learn what it takes to become a stand up paddle board racer, or stop by to watch and experience the amazing facilities that Burlington Surf Club has to offer! 

Link to Burlington Surf Club: http://www.burlingtonsurfclub.com/

Sample schedule of SUFTL events from 2020: https://www.standupforthelake.com/

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How Hannaford is Handling Food Waste

By Shayne Waite

Hannaford, one of the Eastern Regional Food Chains, is doing its part in reducing food waste.

Thousands of people shop at Hannaford daily, but almost 40% of the food on the shelf never gets sold, leading to it going into the landfill. Here in Vermont, it is more regulated than other states due to our very progressive composting law. 

During a WCAX interview with George Parmenter, sustainability manager at a Hannaford based in Maine, said, “When food gets wasted, it typically goes to a landfill. Not so much in Vermont because you guys have very progressive laws about food waste bans, but most everywhere else… it ends up in a landfill.” Parmenter continued, “last year Hannaford achieved its goal of sending no food waste to landfills, and that includes all of its 183 stores in New England and New York. Hannaford says the zero food waste program kept 65 million pounds of food waste from reaching landfills last year.”

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How this works is through inventory management and pulling food that is clearly out of date or isn’t going to sell.  Over 10,000 pounds of food cannot be sold, but it still can be eaten, which gets donated to food banks across the state to feed people in need. According to State officials, most, if not all, grocery stores are sorting food waste because it’s the law.  Brian Phelps, the Produce Manager at Hannaford in Williston, says all produce that goes bad or is damaged goes into the compost bin and none of it goes into the landfill.

People should be encouraged by local stores to do their part in making sure no food gets to a landfill and also do it in their own home by composting as well.

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Wacky Ways to Encourage Vaccination

Jagger Lehouiller  5/20/21

WILLISTON VT– With vaccines rapidly rolling out around the world, hospitals and communities are finding ways to make the vaccine fun, a little more interesting, and more enticing for those who are reluctant.  

Many US states are getting involved. Connecticut is offering a free fountain  drink at select restaurants and stores for those who can provide a vaccination record; Connecticut is now also leading 4th in vaccination rates as of 5/21/21 in the US. 

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Not only is the US finding ways to draw in the community; it’s global. Even Romania is offering vaccines at Dracula’s Castle! According to the BBC, “Medics with fang stickers on their scrubs are offering Pfizer shots to everyone who visits the 14th-century Bran Castle in central Romania.”

Also in Washington and Wisconsin,  select tap houses they are offering a free beer with proof of vaccination referred to as a “shot and chaser”.

Vermonters are getting coupons for a free ice cream with vaccination record.  According to the Vermont Department of Agriculture,  “All the participating creemee vendors have joined in this effort to help protect the public from the coronavirus by covering part of the cost of each creemee,” the agency wrote on its website. “The coupons are limited to the first 10,000 people who receive a vaccine dose on a first-come, first serve basis, until all coupons have been claimed.”

With vaccination rates on the rise, and new incentives getting people vaccinated, things are looking up for our communities.

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Jobs and Summer Activities for Students!

By Erin Fina

HINESBURG, VT–This school year is quickly coming to an end and summer activities are quickly approaching! This summer there are plenty of events for students to get involved in for credit and for non-credit interest based activities through CVU, UVM, and a list of Summer Jobs!

CVU OFFERINGS

For all in-coming 9th grade students:

You have the opportunity to attend the classic CVU Summer Camp! This is open to all 9th graders and is known to help with a positive transition from middle school to high school. There are 2 sessions (with the option of attending both), with Session A the weeks of July 5 and July 12, 2021 and Session B, weeks of July 19 and July 26, 2021. Students have the opportunity to pick one of the following interesting areas to explore in the camp, such as Outdoor Recreation,  Exploring the Arts, and Into the Wild. This is an outstanding opportunity for upcoming highschoolers to get to know their peers from other schools, explore the CVU building, participate in interest based activities and have a ton of fun! Rising 9th graders can sign up HERE and contact Rick Kinsman,  cvusummercamp@cvsdvt.org, with any questions. 

For ALL CVU Students:

There are FREE summer course offerings that will be hosted by CVU over the summer! YOU can receive CVU credit for the completion of the following courses! Some of the many courses range from Writing Prose and Creative Writing to Public Speaking and Anatomy & Physiology to The Oceans and You, among others. Students are able to earn CVU credit for completion of the course, with many earning up to .5 for the subject area. Dates and times vary from course to course, but you can find all of the courses and more information HERE and fill out THIS ONLINE FORM if you are interested. Email Monica Carter for additional information, mcarter@cvsdvt.org.

For ALL CVU Students:

Interested in an interest based workshop this summer? CVU is hosting many workshops for students looking to keep busy over the summer! Workshops range from Computer Programming to Abenaki Culture and Heritage to Paint and Poetry to a Vermont Adventure Week and many more, all free of charge! You cannot earn CVU credit for these courses, but it is a great way to connect with peers, teachers and staff, explore interest- based fields and have fun after such a long, isolated past year. You can find all of the workshops listed here (scroll down to the CVU Workshops) HERE and fill out THIS ONLINE FORM if you are interested in any of the workshops. Contact Monica Carter for any additional information, mcarter@cvsdvt.org.


UVM COURSE OFFERINGS:

Attention CVU Students! You are able to register for UVM Pre-College Courses for the Summer 2021 and the Fall 2021. Most courses are fully-online, but courses like Chemistry will be taught from a Hybrid Learning approach. You are able to receive college credit for the completion of these courses. Additional information can be found HERE and please don’t hesitate to contact your House Counselor about any additional information. 

 

 SUMMER JOBS

*These are some local businesses that are looking to hire potential employees. Age limitations, work experience, job positions needs, etc at specific locations might vary from business to business. Contact businesses directly for any questions and concerns. 

“Part-2″ WORK WITH KIDS

In need of a Summer job? Like working with children?  Part-2 is the perfect place for you! Part-2 is hiring teens like you for preschool and school-aged summer camp positions, at their 8 locations around Chittenden County, such as Shelburne, Williston (Allen Brook School), Montpelier, Richmond, among others. You can apply HERE and Inquire within their website, http://www.parttwokids.com/home.html for additional information. 

 

SWEET ROOTS FARMS (formerly Charlotte Berry)-CHARLOTTE

Need a summer job? Former Charlotte Berry Farm, located just off of Route 7 in Charlotte, newly named Sweet Roots Farms is hiring for summer positions for 2021! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, creemees, baked goods and more, Sweet Roots is a great place for a hard-working, berry- lover! Please email sweetrootsfarmers@gmail.com for more information.

 

CUCINA ANTICA- SHELBURNE 

Delicious pizza, salads, calzones, pasta and more, right in the heart of the Shelburne Village! Located just across from the Shelburne Supermarket and right next to Aubuchon Hardware, Cucina Antica offers delicious Italian Cuisine. They are hiring now for positions including Servers, Counter/Phones, Dish, Kitchen. Some experience is preferred, but not necessary. APPLY NOW AT https://www.bistrocucinaantica.com/form-job-application.

 

AGAVE- WILLISTON

Located in the Maple Tree Place in Williston, Agave is a delicious Mexican restaurant specializing in Mexican-inspired food and drinks! They are short on staff and looking for students like you to join their team. Inquire on their website via the Contact Form, https://www.agavevt.com/form-contact-us for job opportunities. 

 

HEALTHY LIVING- WILLISTON

As of September 24th, 2021, the Williston Healthy Living was officially opened and ready for business! They are looking to hire passionate and hard-working people to join their team, through paid positions such as Dishwashing, Cashier, among others. Visit https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/All/f6749321-6721-467b-9755-be942a498f22/ROAD-TO-HANA-INC for more information or inquire within at 129 Market St. Williston, VT 05495.

 

TRADER JOE’S- SOUTH BURLINGTON

Trader Joe’s is looking for passionate, hard-working and welcoming employees to join their business in helping to create a warm and friendly shopping experience, as members of their “Crew” team. Duties include Working on teams to accomplish goals, Operating the cash register in a fun and efficient manner, Bagging groceries with care, Stocking shelves, Creating signage to inform and delight customers, Helping customers find their favorite products, among other things. If you are interested in becoming part of the Trader Joe’s Crew, inquire within the South Burlington location (200 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 05403) or apply at https://traderjoes.avature.net/careers/ApplicationMethods?jobId=8820. Must be at least 16-years old.

 

LANTMANS- HINESBURG

Lantman’s Market; a locally owned quality market since 1925, located in the heart of Hinesburg is hiring NOW for cashiers, stock floor workers, deli personnel who are “available weekends, evenings and/or daytimes.” Potential employees should be “reliable and enthusiastic to provide friendly customer service to our community” and if this sounds like you, apply today via https://lantmansmarket.com/employment-application.html. Age limitations for some departments range for 18+, but also in need for teen positions. Apply Today!

 

 WAKE ROBIN- SHELBURNE

Wake Robin is a retirement community, located just beyond the Shelburne Museum. They are looking for people who demonstrate strong customer service skills and a desire to work with an active population of seniors, and if this sounds like you, apply today! They are looking for Cooking, Cleaning and Wait Staff among others. Apply at https://www.wakerobin.com/contact-us/employment/ or Inquire within

 

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Sports Update 5/25/21

CVU SPORTS REPORT MAY 25TH

By Erin Fina

Boys Tennis: 

The Boy’s Tennis Team moved to 8-4 on the season while visiting South Burlington on Monday, defeating them. They visit Mt. Mansfield for their last regular season match, Tuesday, May 25th at 3:30pm. 

 

Girls Tennis: 

The Redhawk Girls Tennis team moved to 6-4 this season, but were defeated by South Burlington on Monday, 3-4. CVU Girls Tennis hosts MMU for their senior day and last regular season game on Tuesday, May 25th at Davis Park at 4:30pm. 

 

Girls Lacrosse:

The CVU Girls Varsity Lacrosse team is on a roll, hosting and defeating Burlington 17-5 on Monday, on their Senior Day. They visit South Burlington on Thursday for a BIG rematch under the lights at Munson Field (S. Burlington Turf) at 7pm. 

 

Boys Lacrosse:

The Boys Lacrosse team has an impressive, 12-0 undefeated record thus far in the 2021 regular season. They defeated South Burlington last Friday, 18-11. They host Woodstock on Tuesday at CVU at 4:30pm. 

 

Girls Ultimate:

The Varsity Girl’s Ultimate Frisbee team is 3-6 thus far in the 2021 regular season as of May 18th. They look to host  St. Johnsbury at CVU at 4:30pm on Tuesday.

 

Boys Ultimate:

The Boy’s Varsity Ultimate Team has had an impressive 2021 season, with a 8-2 record. They defeated Colchester last Saturday, 15-6 and this Tuesday (May 25th)  look to visit South Burlington at 7pm for an under the lights game.

 

Baseball: 

The Varsity Boys Baseball Team had themselves a season thus far, going 12-3 thus far. They were defeated by Rice on Saturday, May 22nd 0-1, but look to host St. Johnsbury on Tuesday at 4:30pm.

 

Softball:

The Varsity Softball Team went 2-13 this season and defeated the MMU Cougars last Thursday, 15-3. Their game vs St Johnsbury on Tuesday, May 25th has been cancelled, awaiting information about rescheduling. They do look forward to visiting Burlington on Thursday for a rematch, 4:30pm at Leddy Park. 

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Bye-Bye Bitcoin…Hello Again?

Bitcoin Stocks Plummeting

Hailey Chase

NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE— On April 17, 2021, people involved with the Bitcoin stock market were sent to a frenzy when the market experienced an immense drop, as the Treasury Department was honing in on cryptocurrency as an outlet for money laundering, and a $16 billion change of ownership of Dogecoin occurred via RobinHood. 

The “inevitable” decline, beginning at 7:00pm on Saturday, April 17, was Bitcoin’s largest monetary drop in history—yet it was not the highest percentage drop. In the month of April, the highest recorded price per Bitcoin was over $64,000, and in a short nine days, that price had dropped to under $48,000 by April 25th. The $16,000 drop in price per Bitcoin brought the entire market to a panic and many people sold their shares in fear of an even further decline.

On May 10, 2021, the price per Bitcoin continued to fluctuate by the second, yet the market was steadily recovering. From mid-April to early May, the decay had leveled to only about a 4.5% decrease, and the prices for the past week have only declined .60%.

However, on May 12, Tesla Co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk announced that Tesla will no longer accept Bicoin as a viable form of currency to pay for any Tesla products. At the time of the announcement, Bitcoin was around $56,000, then it took a steep decline of nearly 25% and is hovering around $43,000 as of May 17, 2021.

What does this mean for the future of Bitcoin? Like any cryptocurrency, the market is fast-paced and has the potential to change significantly every day. However, Tesla pulling out of Bitcoin is a major change that the market may not be able to sustain. While some say this crash was to be expected, others say that an even larger price per Bitcoin can be expected in the future. 

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Get to Know Your CVU Student Body Co-President Candidates!

By: Katrina Kajenski, Tues, May 18th, 2021

Hinesburg- The CVU student body co-presidential election is happening now. Candidates have being working on a variety of mediums to get there word out about how they will help CVU. Voting will begin at 9:00am Tuesday, May 18th via an emailed google survey and will close at noon on Friday, May 21st. As of now the co-president candidates are Jack Averill and Oliver Pudvar, Chloe Stidsen and Olivia St. Peter, Aidan Devine and Fritz Wetzell and Sabina Brochu and Sophia Stevens. 

On Monday, May 17th I interviewed all of the candidates about the election, starting off with Jack Averill and Oliver Pudvar. The Averill Pudvar team have been planning their candidacy since May of last year and are super excited to work to help CVU. When asked about how they would lead CVU, they said, “We think we would be good leaders for CVU because we both see issues at CVU we believe we can help eliminate to make CVU inclusive for everyone.” When asked about their plans for CVU they shared “ Our plans for next school year are to bring CVU back to life. What we mean by that is bringing events back to CVU as well as adding events, encouraging school spirit to sporting events, theatrical performances, and art shows. We also want to make these inclusive for everyone, so we want to use multiple spaces at events to attract more than just one group of people. We also realize that students really like going out to lunch, and with the amount of support that has brought to local businesses, we want to keep that as an option for students.” Lastly they wanted to share that “a vote for us is a vote for CVYOU!” 

Next I spoke to Aidan Devine and Fritz Wetzell. They are mainly focused on restoring CVU’s sense of community and school spirit. When asked about why they choose to run they said, “We both decided to run for this leadership position because we feel we as a team we are the best choice for representing CVU. With great community outreach through our involvement in many clubs and varsity sports and our experience with leadership we feel are well equipped to handle any challenges the upcoming school year might pose.” When asked about what their plans are for the CVU 2021-2022 School year they shared “In the 2021-2022 school year we will be bringing back school spirit events like never before. The challenges of this past year inspired some great problem solving in our public events like prom, 9th and 10th grade celebrations, and current planning on end of the year celebrations. We want to carry these new ideas forward while still holding on to many of the traditions we all love”. They are both are very excited to start to help CVU.

Next I talked to Chloe and Olivia. They met each other in 6th grade and are ready to represent CVU. When asked about their plans for CVU, they said, “Our plans are to increase environmental awareness by organizing a tree plant-a-thon. We have already been in contact with an organization that can supply us with free seedlings to plant and guidance on how to pull off a tree planting. We understand that not everyone will want to get involved with this, so we will also create a digital day. This just allows time to reflect on how much paper we really use.” This is just one of their many ideas to help the CVU environment. When asked about CVU and how they will help they said,  “We feel CVU is at a turning point. We are transitioning from hybrid back into somewhat of normalcy next year. It is a great time to improve CVU. We think CVU is a great place, there are just some aspects that we’d like to make better. However CVU has to want to grow and improve to do that. Your vote is how you can show your support for our vision. We want everyone at CVU, not just ENACT to understand the problems facing our environment. We want CVU to be a place where different points of view are heard and celebrated, where everyone feels safe. We need your help to get there.”

Lastly, I talked to Sabina Brochu and Sophia Stevens. Sabina was the captain of the co-op Cougarhawks girls varsity hockey team this winter and Sophia is the captain of the Varsity Softball team. They both met freshman year in Nichols core. When asked about how they would lead CVU, they shared, “We both are involved and enjoy being members of the CVU community. We also have contrasting personalities that help us to provide a cohesive and productive leadership style. While working together on the campaign Sabina has brought very elaborate and over the top ideas to the platform and Sophia has helped to make them more realistic and include lost of important deals that Sabina would originally have over looked, that’s really being a uniqueness to our platform and ideas.” When asked about what they would do for CVU, they said, “We plan to bring back redhawk pride and make cvu a place where everyone is excited to come to school and a place where everyone feels included and heard.” 

CVU has got some great candidates, so go out and vote CVU. Voting should be in your email!

 

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How does CVU Feel About Governor Scott’s Three-step Plan?

By Georgia Bruneau, Mon, May 10th, 2021

HINESBURG- With now three effective vaccines and nearly 50% of Vermont’s population vaccinated, we can construct goals and a plan to bring back “normal” life.  Governor Phill Scott has come together with a three-step plan.  The first part of the plan started April 9th; this includes ending travel quarantine requirements, and instead replacing them with testing unvaccinated individuals in less than three days of returning to Vermont. Step two of this plan starts in May and involves increasing the number of people in gatherings inside and outside. The third and final part of the plan is lifting the mask mandate on July 4th. “We’re in the last laps of this race and this plan shows how we can finish strong if we all do our part,” said Governor Scott. 

However, some Vermont residents have worries and concerns about this “good news.” “I would like to have current data on how often the disease is spread while people are still vaccinated,” said CVU math teacher Hannah Carey. Carey also says “If we can have gatherings of 150 inside, non-spaced, and no masks by July 4th, why do I have to wear a mask in a classroom with 27 other kids next year? Where’s the logic here? If you’re suggesting I wear a mask in the fall in my classroom to prevent getting Covid, then why is okay for other people to attend a 150 person wedding inside without being spaced, and you’re eating? How is that all going to work?” 

But teachers aren’t the only ones who have an opinion on the matter. A student from CVU speaks on behalf of the student body about the news: “I feel really excited about the fact that masks could possibly be gone in the near future. If the plan is truly effective it would be an amazing weight lifted off of many people’s shoulders. I think that we are partially on the right track. I think many people have good intentions and the vaccine is a great step in the right direction but many people are getting more relaxed about covid. I don’t have many worries about people not wearing masks by July 4th if everyone sticks to the guidelines; my only worry would be that we push it too fast and we begin to see a spike in cases and then we have to take more steps backward,” says sophomore Anna Morton.

Overall the CVU community is ecstatic about the Governor’s plan for normalcy, but we still seem to be slightly skeptical of the idea. Is it illogical like Carey said? Or a step in the right direction as Morton believes?

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Sports During a Pandemic: The Impact On Student Athletes and Coaches

Ryan Canty, Fri, May 7, 2021

HINESBURG – The 2020-2021 “Covid season” has brought some high school sports teams success and others a hyphenated schedule or even no season at all. As an athlete, I was curious about the impact this season has had on coaches and players in the CVU community. 

Tim Albertson is the head coach for the CVU Varsity Baseball team. “Everybody is extremely grateful for the opportunity to play,” Albertson said. “After watching a full season of games get taken away, the fact that we get to play has made a major impact.” 

After the cancelation of the 2020 spring sports season, some teams find themselves with an opportunity to play the game they love, but for others, the 2021 season was cancelled. The Vermont principals association announced in November that boys’ wrestling and the indoor track and field seasons would be canceled. “I felt pretty sad,” says senior Sebastian D’Amico while reflecting on the cancelation of the 2021 wrestling season. “It’s because I’d been working out a lot and getting in shape. I wanted to win.”  

Covid restrictions and protocols have made it harder overall for teams to compete during the 2020-2021 school year. In the fall, boys football had to downgrade to a 7v7 no contact format. While in the winter, boys and girls hockey had hyphenated schedules and indoor track and wrestling were canceled. 

Seth Boffa, a senior running back for the Redhawk Football team said, “We made the best of it; it was still a lot of fun playing.” However, he went on to say that “being a running back, I couldn’t even run the ball.” 

The ongoing spring sports seasons have already seen adjustments to the Covid restrictions and protocols. The non-contact sports such as baseball, softball, girls and boys tennis and track and field no longer have to wear their masks as long as they are properly 6 feet apart. High-contact sports such as boys and girls lacrosse and boys and girls ultimate frisbee still require masks at all times.

 

For the full story, including interviews with coaches, check out the CVU Show’s May 18, 2021 episode.

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Vermont Mask Restrictions Blown Away?

Sawyer Thorpe

5/14/2021

MONTPELIER, VT– CDC director Rochelle P. Walensky released a statement Thursday evening that abolished mask restrictions for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Today, Governor Phil Scott released a statement saying, “The fact is, if you’re fully vaccinated, the health experts at the CDC have determined there is very little risk. It’s time to reward all the hard work you’ve done over the past 14 months to make Vermont’s pandemic response the best in the country.” 

Additionally, Governor Scott announced that people arriving from out of state no longer need to be tested for COVID-19, skipping 2 weeks forward in the restart plan. Not only do travelers from out of state no longer need to get tested, they also no longer need to quarantine for 2 weeks before beginning their adventures.

As of this press release, nothing has yet come from the CVU administration about how these developments will impact our community.

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Covering Up More Than Your Camera

Myleigh Kilbon 5/3/21

CANADA– “Getting caught with your pants down” took on a whole new meaning when a Canadian Parliament member was seen stark naked during a meeting of the House of Commons. Covering up your camera has become crucial now that we are more dependent on technology for meetings.

Representative William Amos of the Quebec district, Pontiac, joined a virtual meeting of the House of Commons Wednesday April 15th where, after going for a jog, Amos came back to his office to change into his work clothes. As he began to disrobe, unaware that his camera was turned on, Amos was as surprised as everyone else in the meeting when one of his colleagues allerted him that he was undressed in front of the camera. 

Amos later sent out in an email issuing an apology, “I sincerely apologize to my colleagues in the House of Commons for this unintentional distraction. Obviously, it was an honest mistake and it won’t happen again.”

Amos was visible only to parliament members and staffers on an internal video conference feed and because he was not speaking his image did not show up in the public feed. 

A liberal party colleague, Mark Holland, said, “I don’t think there was any ill intent. It’s certainly an unfortunate circumstance,” as previously reported.

I think this mishap should act as a cautionary tale to all of us as we continue to rely on virtual meetings to take the place of regular meetings during the pandemic. As advised by Holland, “You’ve got to really always assume that the camera is on and be very careful anytime you wander near it.”

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CVU Sports This Week 5/14/21

Jett Barbic

 

Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse team defeats Middlebury and Rutland this past week and moves to 8-0 on the season

 

The girls lacrosse team lost against South Burlington

 

 

Baseball

The baseball team came back from 7 down against Burlington to win 14-12. And now are looking forward to their rematch with South Burlington on 5/15

 

Ultimate

The boys ultimate lost this week against Burlington which ended their undefeated season

The Class Of Covid And The Battle Of 2021

Jagger Lehouiller

Hinesburg VT–Hybrid learning has been a very difficult adjustment this year. I decided to interview several students at Champlain Valley Union High School to ask about their experience with Covid throughout their senior year to see if it has been as challenging for them as for me. 

 To my surprise, many students are feeling the same emotions as I am. One senior, Derek Pickard, stated, “although I believe that CVU is a great school and has tried many different solutions to all of the mayhem that was this year, I think student support may have gotten a little tangled this year. With so many other problems occurring and so many substitutions being made to continue the learning experience I believe that individual 1 on 1 student faculty help was not as supportive regardless of all the intent of it being there.”  Many students, specifically seniors, have seen a lack of support/ or enough support this year. With there being so many issues in and out of school, students have felt the school has turned a blind eye on them.

Senior Bella Serafini felt, “I have a very hard time with hybrid learning because I feel disconnected from my teachers and I feel as though learning material is much harder.” Lack of structure and support has led to students having a harder time adjusting to these new schedules. 

In the past, it was required for seniors to create a “Graduation Challenge”. It was an interest-based learning experience built around something you enjoy, and/or are interested in. This challenge was required to graduate, and most looked forward to it. This year, the Grad Challenge is not the same as it was; now students are expected to create a slideshow reflecting their past, present, and future. With minimal information and confusing guidelines this change has led students to confusion.

One student said, “As of today May 6th 2021 I have put zero thought into my graduation slide. I feel as if it is an excuse to make other students who have graduated before feel as if they did there project for nothing a slideshow about myself will not prove to anyone the person am I compared to previous grad projects where you could reflect on what u love through helping the community” another students states, “I think Grad Challenge is a good way to connect with the community, but I think there is too much pressure associated with it.” 

CVU has had quite a confusing and difficult year, but as seniors we have proven to overcome all obstacles. 

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Social Justice Has Been a Pandemic Priority at CVU

Myleigh Kilbon

HINESBURG, VT– At the end of my sophomore year, I had a very basic grasp on the concept of social justice, but not enough to talk about it to a group of teachers, who (I assumed) were experts on the topic. So when I was approached by the advisor of the Social Justice Alliance (SJA) to help with inservice presentations before school started, it was fair to say I was a little hesitant. I went to meetings, I did research, I talked with current SJA members, and I learned. I went into these presentations expecting the teachers to correct everything I said, but they listened. This was the day I realized I had the power to make a difference, to make a real change.

From the day we are born, we live in this world of “right” and “wrong”. As we grow, we develop our own innate sense of what it is to be fair and what it is to be unfair. Justice is something that we, as a society, strive for. At CVU, we have worked to put into place systems that ensure that: our students are part of a community where each student has a right to equality; they feel they are a part of a supportive learning environment; systemic change is implemented to uplift marginalized groups; and all students voices are not only heard, but valued.

Just over a year ago, a group of juniors at CVU decided that it was finally time for a concrete change. All of the Social Justice clubs at CVU were in a place where they were respected but not listened to unless it was convenient. CVU’s Environmental Action (EnAct) Club, Bring Change to Mind (mental health) Club, Racial Alliance Committee (RAC), Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Students Awareness Change and Training (ACT) for sexual violence, and our Unified Advocacy Club (UAC), came together February of 2020 to form an alliance of social justice related organizations in order to push our agendas and make CVU a more inclusive community.

Our collection of clubs has worked to achieve our goals of students rights, education, and equality. Our broad objectives for this inclusion were;

  • Maintain safety, well being, and comfort, 
  • Create a comfortable environment so that students can report incidents in confidence that the administration will listen.
  • Prevent threats of discrimination, alienation, or persecution
  • Construct a place of understanding.
  • Ensure that every member of the CVU community is equal.
  • Maintain core values of freedom, peace, and justice
  • Create a holistically supportive learning environment
  • Reform curriculum and increase student education regarding race, identity, sexual violence, bullying, non-neurotypical peers, and general sensitivity.
  • Expand education and training for faculty, staff and administrators to ensure problems are dealt with compassionately.
  • Develop citizens that contribute positively to their environment and value inclusion.

The sheer number of concrete actions that we have accomplished this year alone has surpassed the actions of all of our individual clubs combined over the past several years. We have worked in the areas of policy to: collaborate with house directors and administration to review existing disciplinary policies and implementation, created pamphlets and resources for students outlining new policy implementation, the implementation of surveys, accessible reporting options, and more. We have worked in the areas of education to: create a race and ethnic studies, and gender studies course, create a social justice credit, and refine existing curriculum to include social justice issues. We have done faculty presentations, student forums, and teacher forums to spread our message. We have created a website and a podcast (The Round Table) as well as creating a more accessible reporting form for students who face injustices.

The Social Justice Alliance has taken this year as an opportunity to work to guarantee all students at CVU have equal rights, status, opportunities, and treatment. The idea of social justice can be a bit daunting at first, I know from experience. But knowing that talking about these issues can make our world even a little bit of a better place, why not take the risk?

Reach out to the CVU Social Justice Alliance for more information about social justice and what social justice looks like in our community.

Social Justice Alliance Website

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CVU Students on Board the Vaccination Bandwagon

By Erin Fina

HINESBURG- A recent poll conducted at Champlain Valley Union High School shows that out of 274 CVU students, 52% of CVU students have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine, and 19% are fully vaccinated. 

This is great news, as Vermont’s Governor, Phil Scott, just gave the thumbs-up to give full access for the vaccine among Vermont teens 16-18 starting on April 17, 2021. Scott mentioned the importance of getting the group vaccinated as obviously it’s more steps in the fight to end the pandemic but also because, “after all they’ve had to give up over the last year, to allow [the age group] to have some sort of a normal graduation,” Scott said in article recently published by VT Digger. 

As of now, Vermont is ranked #1 nationally in vaccination rates, with 44% of Vermonter’s fully vaccinated and 62% with at least one dose. 

Vermonters throughout the state have been eager to return to normal life and here at CVU High School, we are no different. With 81% +/- of the CVU student body saying that they plan to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so already, an anonymous surveyor stated that the reason that they choose to get vaccinated was to “protect those around me and reach the herd immunity the world needs to return to the original normal”. Herd immunity, as Anthony Fauci explained, is reachable when 80% of the population is immune to the virus. 

At CVU, if all goes as planned, the CVU community could have the potential to reach full herd immunization rates by the start of the fall semester of 2021. 

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Tackle the Culture, Not Teen Girls

Rally: CVU Dance Canceled for Allowing Sexual Harassment

Madeleine Connery

With horrifying sexual assault cases jumping to headlines, the eyes of many teenage girls have widened in terror. Navigating an environment that has managed to normalize and even promote sexual harassment is no ideal task. High school girls often find themselves trapped in belittling experiences yet silenced by the fact that these experiences are deemed “normal.” 

CVU may be at fault for creating one of these very environments. An annual fall dance, formerly known as “Rally in the Valley,” has long held an infamous reputation for its rampant objectification towards the young girls who attend. One of the first to speak out about this dance was unsurprisingly a teenage girl herself. 

Lena Kerest is a CVU senior and a member of the Social Justice Alliance and Student Awareness, Change & Training Committee at CVU. She is also a former attendant of this fall event. “The dance afterward definitely really shocked me and… opened my eyes to a culture at CVU that I thought was extremely problematic,” Lena describes as her ninth-grade experience.

The “Rally in the Valley” event contained two main parts: A performance of group dances, then a school-wide dance that followed. The former was not the problem, as Lena will agree, “A lot of athletes enjoy the camaraderie of making a dance together… so there will be a push to keep that in place.” However, the same cannot be said about the school-wide dance that followed.

“While the event is supposed to promote school spirit and the athletic teams, people utilize [the school-wide dance] for something different which is… a dance where girls go from guy to guy and it’s extremely objectifying cause it’s not a personal relationship and a lot of times it’s not consensual,” Lena describes. 

Despite this being the widespread reputation of the dance, for years the legacy of this occasion has lived on. This past year, thanks to the Social Justice Alliance’s growing momentum, the dance following Rally was finally canceled by the administration. Lena defends the school, acknowledging, “There are countless issues that are on the administration’s plate. They are obviously super busy and it’s hard to draw attention to these things when you don’t have a lot of people behind the issue.” 

Perhaps the lacking student voice was a symptom of an underlying struggle. When it comes to reporting these problems, teen girls are often met with a wave of dismissal. Teen dances are over-emphasized in the media. Our present society has placed an exaggeration on the American adolescent experience. Hiding behind cliché, coming-of-age teen sagas is a pressure to live high school a certain way. Underclassmen girls often feel they must attend events such as Rally– even if its reputation unsettles them, because “you’re only young once.” Yet, when they describe their experience afterward, their trauma goes dismissed by the fact that they were aware of the risks; thus continues an exhausting cycle. 

It’s hard to protect young girls when the danger that they face is disguised as a part of the typical high school experience. Though Rally itself was a horrendous occurrence in Redhawk history, Lena believes that silently clicking “delete” would be just as bad. “We want the administration to speak out about why Rally’s being canceled… It’s not something that we should just be silent about,” she states.

Though the administration as a whole has yet to release a formal statement, administrator Katherine Riley agreed with Lena on the flaws of the dance, acknowledging, “The climate of the Rally dance… was not aligned with helping people feel safe, comfortable, and included.” 

High schools everywhere are long overdue for a reevaluation of their environment. When it comes to sexual harassment, hesitation leaves room for devastation. According to one study done by the American Association of University Women, “In the 2010-11 school year, 56% of 7-12th grade girls experienced sexual harassment in school or online from peers.” Statistics prove the severity of this threat, though the only people who seem to be acting on it are young women themselves. But action based solely on self-defense is illogical— a target should not need to be their own bodyguard. If sexual harassment is to be tackled, the root at fault is the culture.

Striving to rebuild this toxic teen environment, Lena does not hesitate to identify problems. “A lot of really bad behavior at CVU is normalized… like how people make comments to each other, do things over social media that are not beneficial to anybody- not safe, but then they just go untalked about, unreported because it’s just what’s normal in CVU culture, [and] in culture in general.” 

The need for addressing this harmful culture has never been greater. Recent events at the nearby University of Vermont have further proved this. Students at this university organized a walkout on Monday, May 3rd after numerous injustices occurred involving sexual assault. These injustices are not only disturbing for fellow students of UVM but young women everywhere. For many high school girls, the excitement of college has dwindled into fear. Lena, being a senior herself, exemplifies how this has impacted her personally, “All of this sexual assault stuff coming out of UVM has been weighing on me a lot and so… I don’t feel my best.”

Although high schools still have strides to go till young women feel safe and supported, the cancellation of the Rally in the Valley dance is an inch in the right direction for CVU. Though its existence was long overdue for abolition, reparations are on the horizon. The scars of sexual harassment are not fast-fading; Lena speaks to the pain of all former female attendants when she states, “Rally was just seen as normal but really, it shouldn’t have been. It should not have been normal at all.”

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New Virus, New Mask Mandates, New College Application Process?

Hailey Chase

HINESBURG, VT– Two words of 2020 were “new normal,” and that can even be applied to CVU’s seniors’ different college application process. From travel restrictions to different class scheduling at CVU, this “new normal” has had a significant impact on seniors’ college decisions.

CVU senior Sunny Premsankar expressed how this year’s college process was unique for her. Sunny was unable to visit any schools before sending in her applications—something most seniors can relate to. Like Sunny, most seniors utilized online resources for the majority of their college research. Many colleges and universities now offer virtual self-guided tours; prospective students can click through campus and get an idea of what schools may look like. Thankfully, Sunny was able to visit the school she committed to, but only a few days before the May 1st National Commitment Day deadline. Another obstacle she had to overcome was the final semester of junior year; the world was shutting down, school was online, but AP classes continued to teach new material. 

“End of the school year-wise, I think it was harder for AP class and for AP exams. For Chem at least, we had to do three units online before the AP exam. It was definitely harder to end with a good grade,” the student noted. Sunny’s experience in her final semester as a junior is something almost all students at CVU can relate to; when COVID hit and school was online, it was a major change that didn’t discriminate—absolutely everyone was affected. For juniors and seniors enrolled in AP classes last spring, that meant a greater challenge to learn the new material in preparation for finals and the AP exam. 

CVU Guidance Counselor Jen Bickel-Hayes weighed her opinion on the class of 2021’s college application experience as well. On the topic of new test-optional policies, she explained, “One of the biggest changes was that most schools took a test-optional approach with their testing policy. This means that applicants were able to submit test scores if they felt they would be beneficial to their application. However, if they chose not to send test scores, the schools would not view this negatively when considering a student for acceptance,” which many students were grateful for. In Vermont, SAT and ACT testing sites began canceling test sessions in March 2020, and there were little to no tests offered until September of 2020. The guidance counselor also touched on new COVID-related writing prompts on many schools’ applications as an opportunity for applicants to share how COVID has affected their life, whether it be academic or not. 

In terms of college applications for future college applicants, Bickel-Hayes believes that there are a few significant changes that are here to stay, the first one being test-optional policies at some colleges. “Many schools will remain test optional for at least next year’s application season. This is due to the fact that it is still difficult for students to take the tests or take it multiple times,” she stated. 

COVID has had an immense impact on the world—not just on CVU and its students. “New normal” policies are being implemented into every aspect of life, and the college application process is no exception. With lasting effects, from finishing junior year remotely and the inability to visit colleges, CVU’s seniors have had a much different college application process than pre-COVID classes, and now some of these changes, such as test-optional policies, are here to stay.

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Can Hiking Help Your Mental Health?

By:Katrina Kajenski 5/4/2021

Hinesburg-This pandemic has taken a toll on student’s mental health. Without sports, and an overall lack of access to exercise, student’s mental health has certainly suffered. Studies from the Primary Care Companion Journal, show that lack of exercise can decrease mental help substantially. A senior from CVU in Hinesburg Vermont, Charlotte Couperthwait is a mental health advocate from Bring Change to Mind Club, and a two-varsity-sport-athlete. I spoke to her on May 4th about how mental health and exercise/sports correlate. 

When asked about how the pandemic has affected her mental health, Charlotte said that, “Covid definitely took a toll on my mental health. My anxiety was heightened dramatically and it was really hard to handle sometimes.” One strategy she recommended to the CVU community that helped her was to go outside on a hike with her family. In correlation with exercise and mental health, she said that “exercise can help. For me, it makes me feel productive and puts me in a growth mindset which I think is eneficial for mental health.” One thing she also wanted to share with CVU is to recognize that, “everyone is struggling right now, especially with the pandemic going on, but really try and focus on yourself and make sure you are doing stuff you enjoy. Look at the little things that make you feel better and try and do it more frequently.”

A study done by the Primary Care Companion Journal of Clinical Psychiatry claims that just a short walk can affect brain function. The study states that, “thirty minutes of walking can reduce anxiety, depression, and negative moods… This is done by improving self-esteem and cognitive functions.” Covid-19 has put many students into a “slump” and a great way to get over that hump is to start going outside. Listed below are some places in each town where you can go on a hike or a bike path. See you outside, CVU!

Willison: Williston Community Park/Cross VT Trail Location

Hinesburg: Geprags Community Park Location

Shelburne: Shelburne Bay Park  Location

Charlotte: Mt. Philo State Park Location

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India’s COVID-19 Second Volley

Sawyer Thorpe

INDIA– In the beginning of the pandemic the Indian government downplayed the critical situation that COVID-19 would put them in, and now instead of the government suffering, it’s the people. 

As of this report, casualties continue to climb: the current death toll in India is at about 700 per day. Although, that is currently thought to be 20% less than the actual number due to under-reporting. As the pandemic continues, the Indian government continues to spend money on things such as state houses and government buildings. Instead of spending this money on the citizens of India. Doctors and nurses in India are beginning to fall ill which is complicating the pandemic crisis.

Throughout the pandemic, Indian politicians had publicly posted on twitter their thoughts on the reaction of their government to soon later have that same government take their post down off of the website. 

“India will never forgive PM @narendramodi for underplaying the corona situation in the country and letting so many people die due to mismanagement.” Said Moloy Ghatak, an Indian government official publicly stated on Twitter.

As Indian residents continue to call out their government about how ill prepared they were and still are to face a pandemic, their words are partially silenced and hidden away by their government.

As international efforts to give aid to nations in poverty are underway, Indian government officials continue to ignore the safety boundaries that was announced by the World Health Organization. It was reported that the prime minister of India had a political rally with it’s home minister as well.

As India once exported COVAX vaccines in large numbers, they have more recently halted all exports in order to vaccinate the citizens of India instead of those of the entire world due to the inability to prepare for the unknown waves to come.

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Teaching During Covid: An Interview With CVU’s Jeff Hindes

By Brennan Murdock, Fri, May 7, 2021

HINESBURG – This year has been tough on all of us, and we’ve all had changes in our everyday lives. One of the largest topics that I’ve seen covered during this global pandemic has been how students like me feel about returning for the 2020/ 2021 school year. How our classes have been split up, how we have to wear masks, and how we have to take many other precautions that interfere with our education. As a student, I’ve heard all about that. What I haven’t heard about at all is what it was like for teachers to adjust to these huge changes in the classroom, to deal with split classes, shortened courses, and online work.

Has it been easier or harder? More or less stressful? I am curious about the pros and cons of teaching at CVU during the COVID-19 pandemic, and am looking to shine some light on how this school year has been for our educators. What was it like shortening courses, communicating with students while wearing a mask, dealing with online classes, and only seeing half of their regular students in person each day?

Jeff Hindes, a CVU Humanities teacher, described this year as “logistically challenging.” He compared shortening his course material to “creating an abridged version of a book”, where it was crucial to select the most important themes in order to still convey the same story, but in a smaller amount of time. Hindes also said that he personally doesn’t find wearing a mask to be much of a hindrance when teaching, but expressed some difficulty in communicating with students. “The biggest problem that I have is understanding students, particularly those who are already a little soft spoken to begin with.” 

Here at CVU, students are split into two groups by last name. The first group has in person classes on Monday and Tuesday and asynchronous work on Thursday and Friday, the second group has the opposite schedule. On Wednesdays, however, classes are fully virtual and include students from both groups. This form of online schooling has been a big challenge for some teachers, but it certainly has its pro’s, too. “On Wednesday I have my Thursday/Friday and my Monday/Tuesday kids all in the same place, and so I can introduce a concept or introduce a project and then students can begin to work on it, and because they’re all in the same place at the same time, I only have to explain it once,” Hindes said. This is one of the best things about remote Wednesdays for teachers. It’s a perfect opportunity to provide instruction on upcoming or current assignments while all of their students are present at once. The downside is that most students and teachers are forced to sit in front of a screen all day long, which can get very tedious.

Separated students means much smaller in person class sizes, yet another strange adaptation brought to the classroom during this school year. Hindes stated that he doesn’t necessarily see this as good or bad, but “just kind of weird.” Some classes can be as small as four students, which definitely aligns with the phrase “just kind of weird.” While tiny classes are a lot to get used to at first, they can provide a much more focused class that can more easily adjust its pace to the needs of each student, since there are so few. 

This year has had no shortage of stress for any of us. Most would say it has been much more stressful than previous years. However, Hindes’ response to this question came as a bit of a surprise. “I think all things being equal, the stress level is about the same as a normal school year, but the stressors are different, if that makes sense.” He went on to say that during a normal school year he has many more moving parts, and sees more students each day. So for Hindes, his work for school is less stressful than normal, but the added stress of a global pandemic brings it back up to a fairly regular level. He is hopeful that next year, things will be returning to a relatively normal state.

For me, this school year at CVU has just been different, rather than bad. It’s had its issues, but has ended up being a learning experience for everyone, even teachers. Through these huge changes, we’ve been able to more easily see what worked well and what didn’t, and hopefully move forward with the best of both worlds. With vaccines now being distributed and fully in-person school nearly in sight, we can finally have hope that the next few years won’t be quite so chaotic for our students and educators, or for the rest of the world.

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Concealed Handguns

Kobey Pecor

4/29/2021

NEW YORK– The Supreme Court conservative majority decided Monday, April 26th to hear an appeal of a New York law that restricts people from carrying concealed handguns in public. This would lead to the first major Supreme Court decision on gun laws in a decade. 

New York has banned carrying a handgun openly. The state law says anyone seeking a license to carry a concealed weapon must demonstrate “a special need for self protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo defended the law as necessary to ensure safety, also calling on the federal government to pass stricter national laws. There will be a hearing later this fall

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a Hawaii law similar to New York’s. The appeals court had ruled earlier that individuals do not have a Second Amendment right to carry concealed weapons in public.

Vermont gun laws are the most permissive in the United States. The state does not issue permits for carrying firearms and operates on an “Unrestricted” policy. Any person 16 or older (Federal law requires the age to be 18) and who can legally possess a firearm is allowed to carry openly or concealed.

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Grandparents Found in Lewis Creek

Brennan Murdock

On Monday April 19 at 12:30pm, two bodies were found by fishermen in Lewis Creek in Charlotte Vermont. They were identified as 70 year old Martha Illick and 71 year old Terrence Dinnan. Their grandson, who was in the boat with them, was found later, wet but uninjured.

The grandparents had planned a small boating trip on their local creek with their three and a half year old grandson earlier that day, but somehow the boat flipped and both grandparents ended up dead. Police are still unsure of what exactly happened, but the boat was found capsized with the deceased couple not far away. The strange thing was that their grandson came out of the accident seemingly unharmed. He was found by police over an hour later in his grandparents’ car. “We started to walk back up the residence, the child popped out of the vehicle and ran up to his parents,” said Captain Matt Daley, Vermont State Police.

The boy was the only one wearing a life jacket, which may explain how he survived the incident at only three.

Photo via Lewis Creek Association/Caleb Kenna

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Redhawks Go Green!

Abby Niquette, Hazel Civalier, Maddie Connery

An adaptation of EnACT’s Stall News Publication

 

Join in on a Green-Up, Win a Prize!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 1st to join Vermont’s annual clean-up! Green Up Day is a great chance to clean up trash in your community with family and friends. If you are interested in helping, you can get green-up bags at specified locations throughout the CVU school district. The Environmental Action Club has some amazing prizes for participants who upload photos to Instagram stories and tag @enactcvu or share with kantosketcham@cvsdvt.org. Learn more at greenupvermont.org or contact Ruby Opton, Ava Rohrbaugh, or Olivia Brand!

 

Earth-Friendly Tips for the CVU Community

  1. Vegetarian/Meatless Mondays: Try to eat only plant-based foods one day a week!
  2. Transportation Challenge: Pick a distance (eg. 2 miles) and challenge yourself to use alternative modes of transportation, such as walking or biking, for any travel of that distance or less. 
  3. Sustainable Fashion - Check out these local second-hand stores: Hinesburg: Twice is Nice. Shelburne: Schip’s Treasure Resale Shop. Williston: Once upon a Child, Plato’s Closet, and Style Encore. Burlington: Dirt Chic, Old Gold, Downtown Threads, Replays, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Possibility Shop. 
  4. Grow Your Own: Try growing some of your own food in a backyard or community garden. Find local community gardens at https://vcgn.org/garden-directory/
  5. Legislative Activism: Advocate for environmental legislation like the Expansion of the VT Bottle Bill (see the top left article). 

Statewide Action in the Works

According to the VT Department of Environmental Conservation, “out of all the waste Vermont generates annually, only about 35% gets sent somewhere other than a landfill to be recycled, composted, or reused.” This April, in honor of Earth Day, consider taking action to reduce statewide waste. Check out the Green Up Vermont webpage and commit to picking up trash on May 1st. Last year, over 421 tons of trash were taken from our roadsides, giving incredible relief to the surrounding environment. Or take it a step further and spend few minutes writing a letter or email to one of our Senators asking them to move forward with the proposed bill H.175. This bill intends to expand on our current state Bottle Bill and “would increase recycling, create green jobs, and is another step forward in our work to reduce plastic pollution,” according to Vermont Conservation Voters. Additionally, consider encouraging your family and friends to do the same and take action for the environment this April. Help to keep the “Green” in Green Mountain State!

A Brief History of Earth Day

Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States on April 22nd, 1970, through teach-ins and protests organized by thousands of colleges and universities. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, these actions sought to harness student activism to bring visibility to growing concerns about environmental degradation, including air and water quality in the US. Last year, at least one billion people in 192 countries celebrated the 50th Earth Day. Observances include Global Unity And Regeneration Gathering in Lanjaron, Spain, with environmental presentations and workshops; Earth Day Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan, which highlights sustainable businesses and environmental organizations; and Earth Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa, which includes educational forums on nutrition, fashion, technology, and sustainable entrepreneurship.  

Activism on Social Media to Get Involved With!

Want to help out from the couch? Consider taking a look at an account below! Environmental activism is often falsely stereotyped as judgy and inconsiderate, but there are many underrated influencers who offer a variety of tips on how to be more eco-friendly. Addressing the threat of climate change requires widespread awareness. Social media is a powerful tool for environmental activism, as it enables a vast array of environmental opportunities that are accessible to all! This earth day, it may be hard to see a bright future with the numerous challenges our world is facing, but the accounts below examine the many ways in which our biggest problems intertwine, while also offering simple yet powerful actions to be taken. Small steps are key. Take a second to look at one of the accounts below and discover just how empowering and interesting climate activism is!

Instagram:

  • @zerowastecutie
  • @climatediva
  • @greengirlleah
  • @queerbrownvegan
  • @intersectionalenvironmentalist

Twitter:

  • @greenpeace
  • @treehugger
  • @gretathunberg

Tiktok:

  • @solanathagreenfairy
  • @sustainablecherub 

 

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Fire Engulfs St. George Home

Shayne Waite

Fire officials arrived on the scene of a house fire on Martel Lane in St. George on April 14th around 1:20 pm.

The fire was believed to have started in the basement. When officials arrived on the scene, flames were raging out of the basement. It had continued up the west side of the home and the wind made it more difficult to extinguish.

Crews were on the scene until 8 pm that night. Crews from Hinesburg, Charlotte, Shelburne, Williston, Richmond, Underhill-Jericho, Monkton, Essex Junction, South Burlington, and Saint Michael’s Rescue were also on the scene. No injuries were reported.

From a story by NBC 5, During an interview, Captain Ed Waite of the Hinesburg Fire Department said, “The task of extinguishing this fire was made especially difficult by the roads lack of water access. It’s tough getting manpower and water supply set up. For a house out in this area, it’s all done by tankers so you have to get manpower and trucks out here and we just didn’t have that today.” They were able to save the detached garage that has been converted to living space.

The fire was not deemed suspicious at this time by the State of Vermont Department of Public Safety’s Fire Marshall’s office. The house is considered a total loss.

Photo via https://www.mynbc5.com/article/fire-engulfs-chittenden-county-home-no-injuries-reported/36122903