By Sandy Gregg, South Hero Planning Commission SOUTH HERO - The Town of South Hero has been awarded a Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) Planning Grant to plan for the revitalization of the Old White Meeting House, a historic building located in its Village Center. Currently, the building is in need of major repairs, and is only able to be used seasonally. Funds from VCDP and the Town will be used to develop an architectural schematic design, cost estimate for renovations, and site plan. The ultimate goal of the project is to revitalize the building for year-round use as a multipurpose community space, as well as for continued seasonal use as the Granny’s Attic Benefit Shop. Northwest Regional Planning Commission is working in partnership with South Hero to manage the project. This project arose from a Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) the Town received in 2019. As part of the MPG, NRPC conducted public outreach regarding the community’s vision for the future of the building which informed the project’s goal of renovating the structure to be used year-round as a multi-purpose community space and Granny’s Attic.
To the Editor, I have just finished reading (online) this week’s edition of the paper. I really enjoyed your article and I’m so happy to see you are now able to expand staff and reporting. The Islander is such an important part of Grand Isle County and beyond. The North Hero I grew up in is very different today and yet very much the same. There might be bigger houses and more emphasis on tourism, but in the end it’s all about community. I have read The Islander since the very first issue. The border remains closed and I am not able to visit my beloved home town, but reading The Islander every week has kept me connected for all these months. I long for the day I can cross the Rouses Point Bridge and see the sign “Entering Vermont” and then over the bridge from Alburgh and finally see that sign that says “Welcome to North Hero”….Home! Phyllis Dodds Dale Ottawa / North Hero