Lake Champlain


JASMINE LITTLE WAS one of the four local youths to paddle the length of Lake Champlain recently in a Lake Champlain Maritime Museum summer program. Her sister Kaitlynn was also on the trip. The sisters were junior leaders of the group. Photo by Nick Patch
07/30/2020
On Monday, July 6, a group of nine intrepid teens along with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum trip leaders Mandy Smith and Ally Tanaka departed from South Bay, just north of Whitehall, N.Y., on an epic journey to paddle the length of Lake Champlain in sea kayaks. In an ordinary year this is an ambitious goal but with COVID-19 looming large in all of our lives, this voyage presented significant challenges. Among the nine teens were locals Jasmine and Kaitlynn Little of Vergennes and Kade DeVries and Josiah Barnes of Addison. Traditionally, this teen expedition run by the museum is a hybrid...
07/17/2020
Vermont is likely to receive a failing grade from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not implementing the final step of its Lake Champlain cleanup plan by Sept. 4 — a deadline that Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Peter Walke says is “not feasible” for the state. In a letter to Walke on June 25, EPA Regional Administrator Dennis Deziel wrote that if the state does not issue its proposed three-acre general permit — the final milestone in the first phase of its Lake Champlain phosphorus reduction plan — by Sept. 4, it will receive a failing grade from the agency....
07/09/2020
What better way to safely enjoy summer than to get out on Lake Champlain? Two Vermont authors and Black Dome Press have just released an updated and expanded guide to paddling on the lake called “A Kayakers Guide to Lake Champlain.” Art Cohn, former long-time director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, calls the book “one of the best all-round, multi-faceted orientations to the lake that I have ever read.”  This new edition provides expanded information about the history, geology, people, and ecology of our treasured body of water, including overviews of the Abenaki and...
06/18/2020
PANTON — The town of Panton is seeking between $3,000 and $4,000 in donations to complete a deep-water boat ramp in Arnold Bay, a project that has been years in the making.  Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall and Town Clerk Pam Correia said many donations are already in hand, including a pledge of eight loads of concrete, wire and labor from Vorsteveld Farm LLC.  The project was first proposed to the town selectboard more than two years ago by a group of local residents, who said they believed they could organize donated labor and materials if the town served as a permit applicant for the ramp...
06/12/2020
PANTON — The town of Panton is seeking between $3,000 and $4,000 in donations to complete a deep-water boat ramp in Arnold Bay, a project that has been years in the making. Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall and Town Clerk Pam Correia said many donations are already in hand, including a pledge of eight loads of concrete, wire and labor from Vorsteveld Farm LLC. The project was first proposed to the town selectboard more than two years ago by a group of local residents, who said they believed they could organize donated labor and materials if the town served as a permit applicant for the ramp....
02/20/2020
One month prior to the opening of the 2020 Vermont Legislative Session, the party in power presented to both representatives and the general public alike a few of the flagship issues soon to be taken up. This legislative briefing focused on a clean water update and what it will take to correct it, plus the Transportation and Climate Initiatives (Act 59, 2019). Many of the bills that died last year were scheduled to be reintroduced perhaps because we, the electorate, don’t really know what is best for us. One of these, the Carbon Tax, will rise once again as the phoenix, from the ashes of...
02/03/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Grants are now available to support projects through the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.  The South Lake Champlain Fund supports projects focused on education and research concerning the cultural and ecological history and heritage of southern Lake Champlain. Projects must be located on the southern portion of Lake Champlain (the area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point in both Vermont and New York) with a preference for projects directly on the lake or in close proximity.  School-based projects are encouraged.  The fund also aims to support...
12/03/2019
On Thanksgiving night, Vermont game warden Eugene Stearns responded to a call in Lincoln, where a loon was stranded in a field. The next morning game warden Dale Whitlock released the distinctive water foul into Lake Champlain. In this wonderful video Whitlock tells the story, provides fun loon facts, then helps the bird into the water, where it swims and dives and calls and dives again. Video courtesy of Julianna Parker.
11/25/2019
VERMONT — An international water panel has released initial recommendations for reducing phosphorus pollution in northern Lake Champlain, ranging from switching crops to setting up a phosphorus import-export budget.  The report, which is out for public comment until Dec. 14, is part of a broader lake pollution study the International Joint Commission is doing at the request of Vermont and Quebec. The IJC aids the U.S. and Canada in resolving boundary waters issues. The IJC is holding a public meeting on the draft report Thursday at the St Albans Museum from 7-9 p.m.  The IJC contracted with...

ANNIE MURAWSKI AND OTTO MAGDANZ tied the knot at Basin Harbor in Ferrisburgh this past July. Photo: Lily Landes Photography
10/17/2019
Annie and Otto share a passion for traveling and find any window to explore the world that they can. In November 2018, they were in Colombia for a hiking trip in one of the country’s national parks. The pair had been together for several years and had openly talked about getting married, but still Otto managed to surprise Annie when he popped the question in this remote setting. He somehow had managed to hike the ring in their shared backpack for four days without her noticing! Despite the thousands of beautiful places they had visited in the world, Annie and Otto easily committed to a...

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