May 28, 2020

Bonus money comes in hard cash12/24/08


    Observer photo by Ben Sarle
Employees of Hampton Direct vote on how to divide their holiday bonus — given to them in bundles of cash on Friday. See story below.

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Lafayette Painting has full, interior and exterior crews, equipped and ready to take on your painting project. Whether it’s a home or business, Lafayette Painting is able to provide a great, custom paint job for you this spring or summer. Call 863-5397, for your quick and accurate estimate. 5/27*



802-877-9205 (HOME).  5/27*



Have you purchased a new product that needs assembly or installation – exercise equipment, furniture, lawn and garden equipment, garage door openers, etc.? I can assemble it for you! Other services include lawn and garden equipment repair, mowing, painting, professional car cleaning, and more. Ten years of experience, affordable rates. Excellent references available. Call Roger at 893-1226 today. *

Summer nanny – 17 years old, lots of childcare experience with newborns through grade school. References available. Call or email Kayla (  5/6






Dogtra YS500 No-Bark Collar  – found on Williston nature trail, just off of the bike path. Call 878-5146.  5/6



Garage Sale

Yard Sale – Saturday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6960 Williston Road to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Baby clothes and more.  5/20





Two Guinea Pigs – friendly and cute, need new home. Comes with custom built cage and food and bedding. Must go together. Call 879-4127.  5/20


Radio-Record-tape player – table model, 16"x21" with extended speakers. Call 878-3656.  5/20





Part-time yard work – spring clean up, general landscaping and other miscellaneous work.  Needed immediately in St. George area. Call 482-4200.  5/20*  


Lawnmowers, snowblowers – weed wackers, chain saws, 4 wheelers, dirt bikes, etc. Working or non-working. Will take away. Call 872-1102.  5/20





Housemate – to share Charlotte W. Village Apartment., call 425-4168.  5/6




’96 Dodge Dakota – red, new windshield, shocks and exhaust. Solid V6 engine. In great shape. Call Josh, 651-0767.*


’01 Honda Accord Sedan – 4 door, black, 63,000 miles, V6 3.0 Liter VTEC, A/C. Great condition. $7,500. Call 872-1802.  5/13



‘06 Subaru Forester  – AWD, excellent condition, auto, roof rack, 41K miles, new tires, snows, brakes. $8,500 firm. Call 872-5848.  5/6 


’99 Mazda B 250 SE Truck – approximately 97K miles, extended cab, 4 speed w/overdrive, a/c, short bed with liner and locking cover. $3,750 OBO. Call 872-9018.  5/6





Metal Deck – Industrial grade, diamond plate on welded frame, painted with steps and railings. 16' 6" long 6' 7" wide 4' high legs on one side. $450. Call 878-7482.  5/20


Miscellaneous – Neuton battery power mower, bag & edger attach. $150.  Combo radio-record-tape player console, 16"x38"x29", $100. Call 878-3656.  5/20


Captains Bed – twin size with mattress.  Purchased from Modern Design. Asking $200.  Call 598-9729.  5/20


Jewelry making supplies – bead board, tools, storage cases and more, $20. Also, new glass beaded earrings with stainless steel wires $2 pair. Call 872-9941.  5/20



Compaq Presario Desktop Computer – Like new, bought three years ago, used little,  works great. Asking $300. Call 878-1313.  5/13


Pre-1950 child’s desk – Excellent condition, slanted opening top, ink well hole, attached chair, was refinished in 1976, solid wood and wrought iron. $50. Call 876-7772.  5/13


Children's bunk beds – red/blue metal frame, includes two bunkie mattresses. $25. Call 434-4267.  5/13



Toro Tractor Mower – 16.38 HXL  Hydrostatic, six bushel twin bagger, used little. Serviced, ready to mow. $995. Call 878-9179. 5/6


Miscellaneous –Maytag air conditioner w/remote control, 15" x 19" fits window up to 32",  $50. Scotts lawn spreaders, 1 rotary, 1 drop, $10 each. Call 878-3656.  5/6


Hutch & Chairs – Moosehead Maple Hutch, 60” long, 18.5” deep, 71” tall, like new, $800. Two living room floral overstuffed chairs, $15 each or 2 for $25. Call 878-2621. 5/6


Dunlop tires 215/70R16 – all season, less than 5,000 miles. $100 for all four tires. Call 272-3597.  5/6


Miscellaneous – Several commemorative book sets: Birds and Flowers of the Fifty States, 1941 A world at War, 1942 Into the Battle, 1972-1994 Mint sets, prices negotiable. Two marble vanities, price negotiable. Call 878-3191.  5/6


Sump Pump –  1/3 hp Zoeller Co., used one season. $50. Call 355-2464.  5/6










Calendar of Events




A plant sale to benefit the Dismas House (directly behind Price Chopper) in Burlington will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 878-9852.




Registration deadline at 5 p.m. for “Access Across America,” a workshop designed to try to improve transparency throughout state government by helping interested Vermonters obtain access to public records and meetings. The workshop is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 28 at the Capitol Plaza on State Street in Montpelier. $20, includes lunch. 654-2442 or




Celebrate Bird Day with Audubon Vermont and the Birds of Vermont Museum, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Free. 434-2167.



EveryWoman Ministries will host a one-day conference featuring Sheila Walsh, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Avenue Alliance Church in Burlington. Walsh will present a message drawn from her new book, “Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God.” $28.



The Friends of the UVM Horticulture Farm and the Burlington Garden club present Bloom-Time Festival, with a plant sale and silent auction, at the University of Vermont Horticultural Research Center in South Burlington. View extensive collections of plants in bloom, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 864-3073.



Williston Historical Society presents a historical slide show by Richard Allen at the Old Brick Church in Williston Village at 1:30 p.m., followed by a walking tour of North Williston. 878-3853.



Lasagna dinner served at 5 p.m. at Green Mountain Masonic Lodge in Williston to support Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets, a pet food shelf.




Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will sponsor its “Walk to Cure Diabetes,” held at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. Registration at 8:30 a.m.; the 3K walk begins at 10 a.m. rain or shine. or 866-268-0832.




Vincent Feeney, University of Vermont history professor and author of “Finnigans, Slaters, and Stonepeggers: A History of the Irish in Vermont” will speak at Burnham Library at 6:30 p.m. 879-7576.




The Stern Center presents “ADHD, is it us or is it them?” at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An artisan cheese and cash wine bar will be available for attendees. Tickets $25 each, proceeds benefit Stern Center scholarships. 878-2332




Chittenden Families Together, which focuses on concerns of families who have high school youth and adults with developmental disabilities, will meet at Vermont Family Network Conference Room in Williston, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dr. Barbara Frankowski will discuss transition in health care from pediatric practices to the adult care system. 876-5315.





The graduating class of 1965 from Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg is planning a 45th Class Reunion on July 17 from 2 p.m. until whenever. For more information or to help locate classmates, go to or 482-3684.



The North Country Sportsman’s Club in Williston will hold a Clay target shooting clinic for new shooters, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Sunday through September. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or guardian. $20. The North Country Sportsman’s Club is located on Gun Club Road, just off Old Creamery Road. 876-7004 or



The Williston Farmers’ Market will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from June 5 to Oct. 2, on the Village Green next to Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. 735-3860 or



To train for the annual Run For Empowerment, which benefits Women Helping Battered Women, a running clinic will meet each Wednesday, rain or shine, in front of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the waterfront in Burlington, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5 per session. 658-3131 x1076.



The annual Citizens Bank Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and Races will be held Aug. 8, at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Team registration opens May 3 with the launch of a new Festival Web site. Get 20 of your co-workers, friends and family together and form a team. No paddling experience necessary.



Shelburne Charlotte Hinesburg Interfaith Projects has new grant application. Forms available at SCHIP’s Treasure Resale Shop in Shelburne or at Application deadline May 30.



A 16-year-old girl from Germany, who will be attending a local high school this fall, needs a host family for the academic year. If interested, contact Nana Boffa 425-2630 or



Sign up now for the annual Winooski River Sojourn, a six-day paddling trip down the Winooski River, June 22-27. Participants can join for one day or all six.



Sign up now to volunteer with The Fresh Air Fund’s local committee or apply to become a host family for New York City children this summer. 951-5928 or



Learn bike safety, maintenance, and riding skills for roads and trails as part of a 4-H Biking program. May 22, June 19 and July 24, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of Vermont Campus Extension Office in Burlington. Participate in a group ride on Aug. 14. $20, open to youth age 8 to 18.



Green Mountain Chapter of the Air Force Association is looking for new members. The mission of the AFA is to educate about, advocate for and support the U.S. Air Force. Monthly lunch meetings held at noon on the second Thursday of each month, at the Elk’s Club on North Avenue in Burlington. 868-9034.



Purchase raffle tickets for $50 each to win a trip for four to Fenway Park on June 19, on a private charter from Burlington on Heritage Flight, to see the Red Sox take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The proceeds benefit the statewide musical and educational programs of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Drawing on June 9, live on AM-1230 WJOY and FM-98.9 WOKO. or 800-876-9293 x25.



Ripple Youth Group Programs will meet the first and third Tuesdays every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at RIPPLE in South Burlington, for youth in grades six through 12. 881-3768.



The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association is accepting applications for Music Day Camp, held June 28 – July 2. Camp sessions held daily from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College.



Business Grants from USDA Rural Development are available for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Businesses interested in learning more about the program can contact USDA Rural Development in Montpelier, 828-6031.



“Peace for Veterans” is a program in Chittenden County that provides free therapeutic massage to returning soldiers. Massage therapists in the area have teamed up to offer 30-minute treatments twice a month. Veterans receiving the treatments have the option of purchasing a longer session, and the first half hour will be free.



Vermont Adult Learning offers GED preparation, reading, writing and math instruction, classes for English language learners and GED testing for 16-year-olds and older if eligible. 846-7245 x100 or



Essex Parks and Recreation has a variety of weekly programs open to the public. Contact or 878-1342 for subjects and times of classes.



The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers to drive cancer patients to their treatment appointments. Volunteer drivers receive simple training and are asked to volunteer at least one hour, or one day, per month. 872-6308 or



Mobius, the Mentoring Movement, is a local non-profit that acts as an umbrella organization for 16 mentoring programs in Chittenden County. Mobius will work with volunteers to find a mentoring program that fits their schedule and interests. 658-1888 or



4-H is a youth program that focuses on life skills via experiential learning. Green Mountain 4-H of Williston accepts boys and girls age 6 and older and will have three project groups this year: Archery, Leisure Arts and Sewing. Groups meet on Saturday mornings during the school year. Judy Roy 879-6212.



The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington presents conversation groups in French, Spanish, Russian, German and English. Join members of the community for fun and conversation. Fluency not required. 865-7211 for days and times. ESL classes for English language learners meet Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.



Become a Fresh Air host family to inner city children for up to two weeks during summer 2010. 951-5928, 800-367-0003 or



The Tropical Fish Club of Burlington hosts monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month. 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Burlington. 372-8716 or



The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont is asking all frequent fliers to consider donating their miles to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.



If you believe Richmond Elementary School is not aware that your family lives in town, the school would like to hear from you. The school is updating its yearly census report and this will ensure you get timely information regarding preschool and kindergarten registration. Jeanne Adams or Deb Salant at 434-2461, or e-mail



“So You Think You Can Draw Comics Club” is for fifth through eighth graders. Have your comics posted on the group’s Web site. The club meets 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday that school is in session, at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. Bring a drawing utensil. Free. Space is limited, sign up in advance. 846-7517 or



Are you willing to help keep Williston safe and healthy? Are you willing to help the Williston Reparative Board address minor anti-social behavior before it becomes a habit? Consider serving on the volunteer Williston Reparative Board, twice monthly meetings. Ruth Skiff 878-2381 or



Essex Alliance Church presents a variety of events for divorced, widowed and single adults. Events run through December. 878-8213.



Vermont Humanities Council presents the First Wednesdays monthly lecture series at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. All lectures are free. 865-7211.



Temple Sinai in South Burlington holds morning story time for children on various Tuesdays and Sundays and also Friday night dinners once a month. For a schedule, call 862-5125.



Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Resource Center in Winooski offers monthly workshops for high school juniors and seniors. Walk-ins welcome, pre-registration preferred. 800-642-3177 or



The Friends of the Fletcher Library in Burlington offer “Booked for Lunch” series with speakers on a wide variety of topics. Noon to 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. 862-5153.



Building Bright Futures presents “Baby Time” at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, except for the first Wednesday of each month. Pre-walkers all welcome with a caregiver. 876-7147.



Vermont Adult Learning offers GED testing three times a month, including Saturdays. Pre-register: 846-7245.



An informal gathering of scale model enthusiasts will meet on the third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. 879-0765.



Teen Advisory Council meets the first Thursday of every month at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. Pizza, books, movies and discussion for teens. New members welcome. 878-4918.



Chittenden County Stamp Club meets the first Wednesday of every month, at 6:15 p.m., at the old IDX building, now called GE Healthcare in Burlington. Lainey 660-4817.



Make a difference in a child’s life through the Howard Center’s Community Friends Mentoring program. Discover ways to play while enriching a child’s life and building a friendship to last a lifetime. Join Community Friend’s legacy by contacting Kristen Hayden-West 488-6650 or



Special Education Parent support group meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at a different home each month. For information, questions or to sign up for an e-mail list of monthly directions and reminder, call Marla McQuiston 872-2744.



ALS Support Group meets every second Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at “Jim’s House” in Williston. 864-5896 or 878-2854.



The Williston Rotary meets Thursday mornings at the Federated Church on North Williston Road from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and an informative speaker presentation. All potential members interested in local community outreach and being part of a service organization are welcome. 872-5968.



A support group for people experiencing grief and loss will meet every other Tuesday at Maranatha Christian Church, 1037 South Brownell Road, Williston. Donna 878-0498.



American Legion Post 45 of Williston holds its monthly meeting every second Monday at Whitney Hill Senior Housing in Williston at 6:30 p.m. Walt 879-2664.



The Williston Fire District #1 holds its monthly meeting every second Monday at the well house at 7 p.m. Members welcome.



The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every second Tuesday at the Fanny Allen Hospital, Route 15, in the boardroom, lower level, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees include men who have received treatment as well as recently diagnosed men. 878-8451.



The Vermont Chess Club meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. Open to everyone. 879-0198.


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CVU gymnasts off until the new year12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

Following Monday night’s home meet with U-32, the Champlain Valley Union High gymnasts are off until Jan. 3, when they travel to Middlebury Union High for a 1 p.m. session.

Last Saturday, freshman Ashley Bachand led a series of impressive performances when she took all-around honors for her division in a holiday invitational meet at South Burlington High School. Competition was among performers in the same high school year.

Bachand’s victory was gained by first places in vault and floor exercise, plus seconds on the bars and beam.

Sidney Hilker made some noise among juniors, with a second on the bars and third in floor exercise.

Veteran Kiley Bourdeau was a contender for senior honors, finishing fourth overall following thirds in vault, bars and floor exercise and a fourth on the bars. Bethany Karstens was fifth on the bars.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent


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Home stand approaches for CVU girls hockey team12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

With a 2-1-1 mark in their last four games, the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team will return to the ice after a week off on Tuesday, when it plays host to visiting Stowe High at Cairns 1 Arena in South Burlington.

Last Saturday, the Redhawks turned it up a notch, skating to a 3-3 tie against 4-2-1 Bellows Free Academy on the road at Perley-Collins Field House in St. Albans.

Amanda Armell fired in a pair of goals for the Redhawks and Alyx Rivard notched a singleton for CVU. Goalie Nicole Bonneau stopped 31 BFA shots in the CVU cage.

The deadlock came on the heels of Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Burlington High, in which Molly Howard had her third two-goal game of the campaign. Rivard, Maggie Ryan and Sasha Gunther also slammed home scores for the winners, while Bonneau kicked out 36 Seahorse shots from the CVU nets.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent


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Boys basketball returns home Saturday12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

After journeying deep into the Northeast Kingdom on Tuesday for a tilt at St. Johnsbury Academy, coach Scott Bliss and his Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team will be on the familiar home court Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. meeting with Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.

Tuesday’s game was set to be played after press deadline.

The Bobwhites entered this week with a 2-4 mark, one of the losses handed to them by the Redhawks, a 75-52 thumping in the season opener in St. Albans.

This past Friday night, CVU’s team became unwilling members of a growing club, victims of the rampaging 7-0 defending Division 1 champion Burlington High squad. The Redhawks succumbed to Burlington by a score of 71-42. In their Burlington quarters, the Seahorses bolted to a 38-22 halftime lead and seldom looked back.

The 3-2 Redhawks were paced by Ryan Poirier with 10 points, while Chris Bunbury flipped in eight.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent


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Next up for CVU boys hockey combine: Rutland and Bellows Free Academy12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

With Tuesday night’s business in Essex complete — the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team was hoping to reverse the outcome of last March, in which the Hornets won the Division 1 title — the Redhawks will meet Rutland High at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Cairns 1 Arena in South Burlington. On Tuesday, the Redhawks will embark on a trip to St. Albans and to take on always strong Bellows Free Academy at 7:30 p.m.


    Observer photo by Ben Sarle
Players from Champlain Valley Union High’s boys hockey team regroup after scoring their first goal against South Burlington High last Wednesday.


    Observer photo by Ben Sarle
Champlain Valley Union High takes on South Burlington High at Cairns Arena on Dec. 17.

The Redhawks went to Essex with a 4-1 record in tow, the lone loss a narrow 3-2 decision to Lower Canada College, the reigning Montreal interscholastic champions. The game was scheduled to be played after press deadline.

Last Wednesday, the Hawks took the measure of 3-2 South Burlington High. The CVU goals came from the sticks of defenseman Eric Robinson and forwards Ben Soll, Robbie Dobrowski and Nate Lacroix. Goalie Mark Albertson had 26 stops for the Redhawks.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent


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Girls hoops squad faces rematch with Rebels12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

This is probably not a good week to suggest to members of the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team that it might be nice to go to the local bakery for some tasty turnovers.

Victimized by the basketball variety of un-tasty turnovers in a narrow, 35-33 loss to 3-1 Rice Memorial High on Monday night at Bremner Gymnasium, the 4-1 Redhawks will try to get back on the winning side of things Saturday when they visit South Burlington High for a late morning match.

The varsity team tips off at 11:30 a.m. CVU nudged the Rebels, 41-38, on Dec. 15 in Hinesburg.

Despite being severely hampered by a 26-16 disadvantage in those pesky turnovers, the Redhawks were able to take Rice into the closing seconds before bowing on a driving layup by the Green Knights’ slick guard Brittany Pfaff (game high 17 points). The basket snapped a 33-33 tie with eight seconds left in regulation.

Down by nine points, 21-12, at halftime, CVU fell behind by as much as 13 points early in the third quarter when it turned the ball over on four of its first six possessions in the second half.

But the long road back began with a Becca Russ rebound lay-in and free throw, which ignited a 16-3 surge that pulled CVU into a 33-31 lead when Renick Lalancette passed inside to an open Allison Gannon for a layup with 2:21 remaining in the game.

It was the Redhawks’ first lead since Rice went on a 17-point tear in the first and second periods to erase a game-opening 7-0 burst by CVU.

But, as happened earlier, the late lead proved a curse for the Hawks, as their turnover bugaboo once again reared its ugliness.

Immediately after Gannon’s lead-producing basket, Rice’s Sydney Bouchard nailed a jumper at the other end to tie the game at 33.

Three CVU turnovers in the next two minutes broke the CVU offense and, after a Rice timeout, Pfaff got the winning score. A three-point attempt by CVU was off the mark at the buzzer.

There were some positives that coach Stan Williams and the Hawks could take from the contest, including a 39-23 advantage on the boards and a defensive effort, especially in the second half, that limited Rice to an overall 15-for-53 (28 percent) shooting from the field. For much of the second half, the Knights simply tried dialing long distance and went stone cold.

Gannon, who sat out most of the first half due to two early fouls, led the board crew with nine rebounds.  Reserve Shea Hulbert had six.

The Redhawks, led by Amanda Kinneston’s eight points and Lanlancette’s seven, fired up only 41 shots and hit 12. The toll of the turnovers was readily evident in the fewer pops at the wicket.

Last Thursday, Gannon sizzled for 24 points, including 20 in the first half, as the Redhawks scored a 51-25 victory over Mount Abraham Union in Bristol.

“She played the point for most of the first half and did a great job keeping everything under control,” Williams said of the veteran junior.

Rice Memorial (35)

Bachand 0 0-0 0, Bouchard 2 0-0 4, Hartley 4 0-2 9, Jewell 2 1-1 5, Pfaff 7 1-2 17, Steiger 0 0-0 0, Rice 0 0-0 0, Durkee 0 0-0 0, Hee 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 2-5 35.

CVU (33)

Kohlasch 1 4-6 6, Lalancette 3 0-0 7, Gannon 2 0-0 4, Berry 0 0-0 0, Kinneston 3 1-2 8, Bashaw 0 0-0 0, Russ 1 2-3 4, Evans 0 0-0 0, Hulbert 2 0-1 4. Totals 12 7-12 33.

       10    11    7    7 — 35

CVU         7    5    9    12 — 33


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Two options considered for Allen Brook School trailers12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

The future of the Allen Brook School’s modular classrooms will most likely be decided next month, after the Williston School Board unanimously agreed to present two different master plans to the Development Review Board.

At Thursday night’s School Board meeting, Chittenden South Supervisory Union Chief Operations Officer Bob Mason described eight different plans for modular classrooms, of which the board found two to be feasible.

The first plan the School Board intends to present is the idea of refurbishing the exterior of the modular classrooms to better match the rest of Allen Brook. Mason said Banwell Architects — a design firm based in New Hampshire that works with CSSU — estimated the cost of replacement siding and skirting for the classrooms to be around $100,000.

“It would look more substantial than what is there today,” Mason said.

The other option the School Board will bring before the Development Review Board is the idea of building an addition onto Allen Brook and removing the trailers. The addition would have roughly the same amount of square footage as the modular classrooms. A rough estimate of the building cost puts it at more than $5.15 million. The addition would be on the east side of the school.

Mason said if a separate addition were built, a bond would not be brought to voters until 2010, when the modular classroom permit is due to expire. Board members agreed the prospect of building an addition was not an attractive one in the current economy, but they wanted the Development Review Board to see two very different plans on how to deal with the trailers.

School Board Vice Chairwoman Holly Rouelle thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to present more than one plan.

“If they are displeased by it, you will likely hear that from them and be invited back,” Mason said.

Other options brought to the School Board included the following: a proposal to build the original 2002 planned addition, which would cost upwards of $7.92 million; the possibility of renting space in commercial or other types of buildings in Williston as classrooms, which could require a long-term lease and large costs every year to taxpayers; and a lease of classrooms at the Hinesburg Central School, which has some rooms available. The board didn’t see the last option as being very practical, overall. Mason and the board deemed other options impractical as well.

The Allen Brook modular classrooms were installed in 2002 with a four-year permit to accommodate growing enrollment in Williston. The Development Review Board granted a subsequent four-year temporary building permit in 2006 with the stipulation the School Board had to present a master plan in 2008 on what to do with the trailers. The permit expires in 2010.

School Board Chairwoman Darlene Worth said the refurbishing plan seemed to be the most cost effective option on the table.

“Next to building an addition, it looks very inexpensive,” Worth said.

Worth stressed that the master planning stage was an “interim step” and that the Development Review Board would like one of the options presented so work could begin on the site.

Mason said he intended to send the two plans to the Williston Planning and Zoning Department as soon as possible. Town Planning Director Ken Belliveau said he’s talked with members of CSSU and expects the plans shortly, which he would then pass along to the Development Review Board.

“It was their understanding that they would have to get something to us before the end of December to get on the January meeting,” Belliveau said.

Belliveau said the School Board would most likely be scheduled to present its master plan at the Jan. 27 Development Review Board meeting, if all materials are received on time.

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Fire Log12/24/08

Dec. 24, 2008

Car accidents

•    On a snowy evening on Dec. 7, fire crews responded to a five-car accident on French Hill on Route 2 at 5:45 p.m. Fire crews discovered the street had not yet been plowed or salted, creating slippery roadways, according to Williston firefighter Ryan Prouty. Police and fire departments combined to shut down Route 2 at the top and bottom of French Hill.

There was minor damage to the vehicles, and no drivers or passengers required medical treatment.

The Public Works Department plowed and salted the road before Route 2 was reopened for traffic. Engines 3 and 4, along with Hazmat 2 and Car 1, responded with seven firefighters.

•    A three-car accident caused traffic delays on Route 2A near Marshall Avenue on Dec. 8 at 9:20 a.m. A Toyota Rav 4 rear-ended a Chrysler Sebring, which in turn hit a Toyota Tacoma. The driver of the Chrysler Sebring was treated for injuries and transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington by the Essex Rescue Service. The fire department cleaned up debris and fluids. Five firefighters responded with Engine 3 and Car 1.

•    High winds and deep snow combined to create deep snowdrifts on local roads on Dec. 14. At 12:48 p.m., fire crews responded to an accident scene on Van Sicklen Road. A Nissan four-door sport utility vehicle hit a snowdrift on the road and was pushed by the high winds and snow into a telephone poll. To avoid the first accident, the driver of a Honda minivan drove over the snowdrift and off the road.

There were no injuries to either driver and Green Mountain Power was called in to replace the telephone poll.

At 1:38 p.m., crews diverted resources to Mountain View Road for a similar accident involving snowdrifts, wind and a telephone poll.


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