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CVU girls lacrosse squad challenges top teams (5/20/10)

May 20, 2010

They may have just one win in their eight outings, but the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team is giving all kinds of heartburn to the so-called powerhouses of its division.

The latest team to get a rattling from the Redhawks was 9-2 Middlebury Union High Tuesday down in the college town.

Led by Amanda Kinneston’s five goal outburst and a trio of scores by Sara Riordan, the Redhawks led late in the game before the Tigers’ Katie Ritter scored with 1:36 remaining in regulation to give Middlebury a shaky 14-13 victory.

Sydney Beldock, Erika Gobeille, Claire Trotter, Michaela Kiley and Devan Wilkins also scored for CVU, which had a 28-24 edge in shots on goal. Sophia Steinhoff came up with 11 saves in the CVU cage.

Last Friday it was an 8-3 Essex team that had nervous moments against the Hawks before pulling out a 10-7 win at the Hornets’ nest.

Riordan popped four goals as the Redhawks pressured Essex to force goalie Becky Anderson to make 21 stops. Steinhoff had 10 saves for the Hawks.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

Cafe caters to Industrial Avenue clientele (5/20/10)

May 20, 2010

By Greg Duggan

Observer staff

Employees who work in the many businesses off Industrial Avenue in Williston have long had limited options for breakfast and lunch.


    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Yvonne Brown stands behind the counter at Yvonne’s Café, which she opened about a month ago in White Cap Business Park.

Enter Yvonne Brown, who opened Yvonne’s Café about a month ago. While Brown admits the café, located in the back of White Cap Business Park and hidden from the road, is off the beaten path, she said, “I’m just trying to get a little niche in here.”

The owner of Nadeau’s Playschool and former owner of Belle’s Café, which she sold in March 2009, Brown decided to open in White Cap after plans for another café in the space fell through.

Serving primarily breakfast items, sandwiches and soups, Yvonne’s Café has begun to build a steady customer base out of the businesses in the Industrial Avenue area. Brown said she has already learned the names of several customers.

“It was really nice when the restaurant opened up, because before that there was not much in this neck of the woods to get a bite to eat unless you wanted to drive up to South Burlington,” said William Graham, who works in White Cap Business Park.

Though he often brings his own lunch to work, Graham said he now buys sandwiches from Yvonne’s a couple times a week and occasionally grabs a cinnamon roll for breakfast. Graham has gravitated toward Yvonne’s NY Reuben sandwich.

“It’s hard to find good a Reuben sandwich, but theirs … for the two or three times I’ve had it, has been really good,” he said.

Another regular customer, Matt Parda, said he finds himself ordering paninis. He also raved about the soups and chocolate chip cookies. Parda works on nearby Avenue D at Kittredge Equipment Co., which sold kitchen items to Yvonne’s Café.

“It’s just a great new lunch option in town,” Parda said. “There’s a lot of businesses on Industrial Ave., and it’s nice not to have to drive too far to get there. It’s like a little hidden gem.”

The menu at Yvonne’s features a variety of breads, meats, cheese and dressings, and customers can create their own sandwich or choose from a list of specialty sandwiches. Salad choices also exist, as do numerous snack items and baked goods.

In addition to the regular menu items, Yvonne’s offers daily specials. On Friday, for instance, the café served leek and potato soup and chili; the sandwich special was ham, salami, lettuce, tomato, provolone and Italian dressing on a sub.

A few tables and chairs sit on a patio outside the entrance to Yvonne’s. Inside, the café can seat 32 at seven tables; customers can also take their meals to tables located at one of two atriums inside the building.

Not that customers need to visit Yvonne’s to eat. Brown offers a catering service, and will deliver lunch to office buildings.

“The product is really good,” Brown said. “It’s just getting (people) to know we’re here.”


Yvonne’s Café is located at 426 Industrial Ave. #155 in White Cap Business Park. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 497-0336.


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Changes coming for towns public safety services (5/20/10)

May 20, 2010

By Greg Duggan

Observer staff

July 1 will be a big day for Williston’s public safety agencies.

That Thursday, the town plans to install a new police chief and launch its own ambulance service, and officials report that both changes are progressing on schedule.

Town Manager Rick McGuire informed the Selectboard on Monday that a hiring committee had finished interviews with three finalists for the police chief position.

The town has been without a full-time chief since July 2008, when former Chief Jim Dimmick suffered a stroke. Acting Chief Doug Hoyt, a former Montpelier police chief, temporarily joined the force last month.

For the final step in the hiring process, McGuire said the three candidates received a driving tour of Williston, met with Hoyt and several other town employees and proposed a hypothetical budget for the next fiscal year. McGuire told the Selectboard he is now speaking with town employees about their impressions of the candidates.

The town has also made progress toward implementing its own ambulance service. Currently, Williston relies primarily on St. Michael’s Rescue for emergency response. But the Selectboard decided to include an ambulance service in the municipal budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and voters approved the budget at Town Meeting in March.

After purchasing a new ambulance last month, the town has now also bought a used ambulance from Odessa, Del. McGuire told the Selectboard the used ambulance is in excellent condition. Both vehicles have been included in the town’s plans for the ambulance service.

To offset some of the costs, the fire department has sold some of its own equipment, including its hazmat truck and a car. Melanie Watson of the fire department said a department in Ohio bought the hazmat truck last month. The truck was used to clean up hazardous material spills, though McGuire said the state now handles that type of work.

By obtaining the new equipment now, McGuire said the fire department can begin training staff to be ready for the July 1 launch of the ambulance service.

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Armadillos shut out by Mad River (5/20/10)

The Williston Armadillos’ offense and defense both went flat on Sunday.

The team committed six errors, resulting in four unearned runs, three in the first inning, and collected just six hits and two walks en route to a 7-0 loss to undefeated Mad River Valley. With the loss, the team’s record dropped to 1-2 in the Vermont Senior Baseball League.

“We faced one of the best pitchers in the league, and we have five first year players, so the lack of hits is understandable, however, the defensive lapses were made by our returning players. Chalk it up to a lack of practice,” pitcher Greg Bolger said.

Bolger was forced to pitch the entire game for the Dillos, as former ace Bill Supple announced his retirement and Pookie Martin was out of town. Over the nine innings, Bolger gave up five hits while walking four and striking out six. With the loss, Bolger’s record dropped to 1-1.

Offensively, only Bolger (1-3), third baseman Brent Tremblay (1-3, double), outfielder Ray Danis (1-4), outfielder Billy Daw (1-3, double), first baseman Ted DiGrande (1-3, double) and outfielder Steve Burt (1-1, BB) collected hits. So anemic was the offense that only once did the Dillos get the leadoff batter on base; on just two occasions did they get a runner to third.

The Dillos’ woes started early. In the first inning, following a leadoff walk, Daw dropped two successive flies to left that loaded the bases. After a walk to the clean up hitter plated one, Bolger induced the next batter to ground back to him on the mound. After Bolger threw home for the force play, catcher Darby Crum (0-1, BB) threw wild to third while attempting the double play. The error allowed another run to score and the runner on second to take third. A fielder’s choice on an infield grounder brought home the third unearned run of the inning.

Mad River padded its lead to 4-0 in the third inning by putting together a triple and a single. The lead grew to 6-0 in the fourth inning on another triple and single, coupled with a fielder’s choice. Mad River scored its final run in the ninth when Danis dropped a fly in center; two batters later, the runner scored on a sacrifice fly.

Next week, the Dillos travel to Airport Park in Colchester to take on the 3-0 Colchester Lakers. Game time is noon.

League standings and individual and team statistics are online at Enter “Vermont Senior Baseball League” under league name search.


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Sports Notes (5/20/10)

May 20, 2010


CVU golfers even series with North Country

The Champlain Valley Union High golf team will return to the fairways Friday at Cedar Knoll after a narrow victory Tuesday over North Country Union at Kwiniaska. The latest win took some of the sting from last Friday’s loss to the Falcons at their home Newport Country Club course.

Vergennes Union High will be the host team this Friday.

Solid balance was the winning formula for the Redhawks Tuesday.

North Country’s Tyler Coulter was medalist with a 77, but CVU’s Chris Nigh was right behind him with a 79. Backing up Nigh were Cam Fitzgerald (81), Billy Wilson (85), Jack Tomashot (86) and Todd Forrester (87).

CVU’s team wound up with a two-stroke 331-333 triumph.

At Newport, North Country scored a 308-322 team win. Tomashot with a 75 and Nigh at 79 were the low scorers for the Redhawks.


North Country next for CVU softball combine

Following a solid 8-4 victory Tuesday afternoon over visiting 1-11 Spaulding High, Coach Corinna Hussey and her 4-8 Champlain Valley Union High softball team are looking forward to Thursday’s home contest against North Country Union High at 4:30 p.m.

Anna Supple and Cayla McCarthy shared the pitching chores in halting the Crimson Tide, while Leah Leister continued her heavy hitting of late with a double, two singles and three runs produced.

Saturday, in a narrow 6-5 loss to 7-4 Middlebury Union High on the road, Leister rapped two hits and drove in four runs.

Also providing sock in the win over Spaulding were Cassidy Maglaris and Susan Parmelee with two hits each.

Hussey praised the defensive work of Kayleigh Colbeth at second base and catcher Emily Himberg, who “called a great game behind the plate.”


Final home track meet approaches for CVU

The Champlain Valley Union High track and field team will close out its home campaign Tuesday when South Burlington High visits the Redhawks’ nest for a 3:30 p.m. start.

The varsity was in action Wednesday at Essex High while the freshmen will be at Essex on Friday for a meet starting at 3 p.m.

Last Friday, the boys finished second to St. Johnsbury Academy in the annual Bobwhite Relays in St. Albans with Bellows Free Academy the host school.

The Redhawks captured five events. They were the shuttle hurdles (Ethan Hildebrand, Alex Bonfigli, Keith Kelley, James Pieper-Lococo), freshmen 4-by-100 (Alex Craige, Albert Brown, Tyler Barnes, Jeremy Lerner) and four-by-400, (Tom Keller, Anthony Jordick, Josh Campagna, Chris Sulva). The other two meets were the long jump (Pieper-Lococo, Bonfigli, Keller) and the pole vault (Sam Chevalier, Campagna, Jacob Grasso).

In the South Burlington High girls Rebel relays on Saturday, CVU took two events, the high jump and the 4-by-100.

The winning high jump team was Haleigh Smith, Sara Lewis and Kaitlin O’Connell.

Capturing the 4-by-100 were Abby Eddy, Marion Albers, Emma Eddy and Emma Riesner.

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Redhawk baseball team eyes return to winning ways (5/20/10)

May 20, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After a two-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday by a narrow margin, the Champlain Valley Union High baseball team will be swinging away Thursday hoping to open another string of victories.

North Country Union High shows up at the Redhawks’ nest for a 4:30 p.m. encounter.

On Saturday, coach Tim Albertson’s charges will travel to Milton for an 11 a.m. tilt against the Blue and Gold, who entered the week at 3-6. On Tuesday, the Redhawks will be off to St. Albans to meet Bellows Free Academy at 4:30 p.m.

After a pair of decisive road victories over St. Johnsbury Academy and Middlebury Union, CVU was primed for Tuesday’s invasion by Spaulding High of Barre. The Crimson Tide came to town with a 7-4 mark.

But Spaulding put up six runs in the top of the fourth to erase an early 2-1 CVU lead and then held on for a squeaker of a 7-6 triumph, leaving the Hawks with a 6-6 season log.

Chief culprit for Spaulding was center fielder Sam Fuller, who bashed a pair of RBI doubles and made a big third out catch in front of the 350-foot marker in center off CVU slugger Drew Nick. CVU had runners at first and third, and Fuller’s catch ended a furious Redhawk rally in the bottom of the fourth.

After Fuller doubled home a run off Nick in the first inning, CVU took the lead in the bottom of the frame as Tucker Kohlasch (surprise bunt) and Alec Zullo got singles off Spaulding starter Scott Bigelow. Nick singled to left to drive in the swift Kohlasch and Lawrence Halvorson lofted a sacrifice fly to right for the run and the lead.

After three strong innings, Nick’s pitches started getting up in the strike zone in the fourth and the Tide followed a walk and hit batter with three singles and an infield miscue.

Theron Fuller relieved Nick with four runs in and runners at first and third. An infield ground out produced the fifth Tide tally and, with two out, Fuller slammed home the sixth with his second two bagger.

Fuller then finished with three innings of shutout hurling.

CVU got three runs back off Bigelow in the bottom of the inning, Zullo’s two-run single the key stroke after singles by Curt Echo and Fuller plus a walk to Tim Jones and a bases loaded pass to Kohlasch.

CVU provided some nervous moments for Spaulding in the bottom of the seventh after side-arming Bryan Hickey took over for Bigelow, who had thrown 100 pitches in his six frames of work.

With one out, Collin Teator worked Hickey for a walk, stole second, took third on a balk and scored on Halvorson’s single to left to reduce the Tide’s lead to a run. But the rally ended there.

At Middlebury on Saturday, the Redhawks scored a 13-4 victory as Andrew Leckerling tossed a complete game five-hitter while striking out eight. Nick unloaded four hits, including three doubles, to drive in three runs.

Kohlasch stroked a triple and single for an RBI and Jones cracked a pair of hits to plate two tallies. Teator bashed a homer and drove in two runs.

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Redhawks roll over BFA in boys lacrosse (5/20/10)

May 20, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With its gaudy 12-0 record — including five wins by two or fewer goals — coach Dave Trevithick was looking for a “complete” game Saturday morning when the Redhawks hosted a physical Bellows Free Academy combine that came within 9-8 of CVU on April 24 in St. Albans.

“Today we got three-fourths of a total game,” Trevithick said after his Hawks blew past the Bobwhites 11-3 in one of their best all-around performances of the season.

CVU was slated to entertain Middlebury Union High Wednesday before heading to Essex Saturday morning for an 11 a.m. session with the strong Hornets. Essex entered the week 8-2, the only local loss to the Hawks, 9-8, on a last-second score in an April contest in Hinesburg.

It did not take long for the Redhawks to take command Saturday. Taylor Gingras, with an assist from Lawrence “The Helper” Dee, snapped a 1-1 tie with 5:31 left in the first period. The Hawks bolted to a 6-2 lead by halftime and a 10-2 advantage by the opening of the final reel.

Gingras, team leader with 35 goals, posted four scores and added an assist. Dee passed off for six assists and also scored a third period unassisted goal with a nifty spin move in front of the BFA cage. He has 24 tallies for the campaign.

“We passed well, defended well and put it together today,” Dee said after the game.

Nathaniel Wells and Justin Beaudry each scored twice, Beaudry notching the game’s first and final goals. He has scored seven times in the last six contests.

Nick Hart and Jake Marston had single pointers while Robbie Dobrowski collected a pair of assists.

Marston made vital contributions on midfield face offs where he either came away with the ball or lured BFA into a violation, which also got the ball for the Red and White.

Trevithick lauded the play of defensemen captain Cully Millikin and Ben Teasdale, who kept BFA’s offensive thrusts and traffic in front of goalie Eric Palmer to a minimum.

Another stout defender was junior Konnor Fleming, who came up with several takeaways and subsequent rushes down the field into BFA territory.

“He had never played until this year,” Trevithick said of the midfielder.

One of the more spectacular scores of the season came early in the first period when BFA tied the score at 1-1. The Bobwhites’ capable goalie, Kaleb Nichols (11 saves), made a stop and then charged out of the net and downfield.

He kept trotting through a disbelieving Redhawk team and, resembling a light tank at full speed, rolled in on Palmer and deposited the ball in the net while colliding with the CVU net minder.

“I saw him coming and then … boom!” Palmer said. “We adjusted so that would not happen again.”

Palmer and senior Sean Keenan had eight stops for CVU, which outgunned the visitors 22-11.

Trevithik said CVU had several midfielders missing in that first tight contest at BFA.

“We had just about everybody back for this one,” the coach said.


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Girls tennis team looks to go unbeaten (5/20/10)

Redhawk boys aim for even record

May 20, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The 10-0 Champlain Valley Union High girls tennis team will try to put the cap on an undefeated regular season Monday at Mount Mansfield Union High and Wednesday at Colchester High. Meanwhile, the 4-7 boys will be going after a .500 campaign, playing host to both schools on the same days.

Prior to that, the boys faced a tough challenge at Stowe High this past Wednesday (press time) while the girls entertained the Stowe girls at the Redhawks’ Shelburne courts.

The Redhawk girls opened the week with a 7-0 home triumph over Colchester. Kylie deGroot, Anna Clare Smith, Abby Stoner, Colleen McCarthy and Andrea Joseph scored victories in their singles matches.

The doubles teams of Kristen Donaldson-Molly Ziegler and Megan Henson-Laura Andrews also netted wins.

The boys picked up a second straight 4-3 victory by nipping the Lakers at Colchester High.

Tabor deGroot, Brice Grerriere and William Kelley won their singles matches and the doubles pair of Trevor Ogden and Tyler Murphy picked up a vital win.

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Recipe Corner (5/20/10)

Snacks and spuds

May 20, 2010

By Ginger Isham

One good thing about the recession is that it has made families think twice about spending habits and especially what goes into the grocery cart at the supermarket. Also, I hope this summer we see more emphasis on the word “local” in place of the word “organic” at the farmers’ markets to help families eat healthy, nutritious meals and snacks at an affordable cost.

I recently read an article on how to get your children to eat healthy snacks by using the alphabet. This summer, let the kids help with the shopping and pick out their snacks for each day, beginning with the letter A for one day, the letter B for the next day and so on. For example, Monday’s snack would be apples, Tuesday’s snack would be berries, Wednesday’s snack would be carrots …. When you have gone through the alphabet, begin again with a different food for each letter.

Also, let each child plan one meal a week and shop with you for the food needed for that meal. It can be fun and presentation can be creative. Set the table with a theme for the meal, make placemats, draw a picture of foods for a meal in advance, keep a journal of all the family meals and snacks for one week. Review it together as a family. Taking turns with setting and clearing the table, serving the dessert and loading the dishwasher can be a family event.

Now, related to a staple in our diets, I recently met a delightful young man who shared with me his love of potatoes. The following recipes are for Taylor:

Lemon Spicy Potatoes for Four

(Prep and cook in 30 minutes)

5 medium potatoes, cut into bite size pieces (peeled; if unpeeled, use thin skin potatoes)

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon cumin (add more or less to taste)

1/2 teaspoon coriander (add more or less to taste)

1 teaspoon lemon rind, finely chopped

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup vegetable broth

1 tablespoon cilantro or parsley, chopped

salt and pepper

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan and sauté onion for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 to 40 seconds. Mix in spices and stir and cook for 1 minute. Add potatoes and stir. Add lemon juice, rind, broth, salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir now and then until potatoes are tender. Garnish with cilantro or parsley. Serve with hamburgers or steaks from the grill.

Broiled Potatoes with Lime Dip

(Prep and serve in 25 minutes)

Cut 4 unpeeled potatoes into 1/2-inch slices. Cook in lightly salted water for 6 minutes. Drain. Gently stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil and chili powder to taste. Place in single layer on a pan lined with foil. Season with salt and pepper. Broil 5 minutes, turn, broil for 5 more minutes. Serve with 2/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise, to which you have added lime juice, rind and garlic. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

Right to the Point (5/20/10)

Do your duty in all things

May 20, 2010

By Mike Benevento

Before reading today’s column, please know that this is my final “Right to the Point” article. For more than two years, I have taken pleasure in sharing my thoughts, principles and hopes with you. Thanks for perusing this column every other week. I hope you enjoyed it.

I am stepping down in order to seek election as one of Williston’s two representatives to the Vermont House. Continuing to write a conservative column while campaigning would give me an unfair advantage.

So, now is the time to give someone else a chance to write the column — perhaps even you. Please contact the Observer if you are interested in taking over.

If you are a Williston resident, please strongly consider voting for me in November. My goal is to represent all Willistonians — no matter what their political leanings are. Together, we can work for a better Vermont.

Prior to concluding my prologue, special thanks go to Calvin, Matthew and Kristine for their support. Without my family’s patience and help, I would not have been as successful these past two-plus years.

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During my college days at the Air Force Academy — along with averaging 21 semester hours, playing sports, daily inspections and marching everywhere — I had to memorize many quotations.

My favorite was from Gen. Robert E. Lee: “Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more; you should never wish to do less.”

Duty is sublime — it is uplifting and awe-inspiring. Duty is not about tooting one’s horn or trying to impress. It involves quietly performing what is expected and fulfilling our obligations.

We should strive to live as Gen. Lee directed — doing our duty in all things.

Most anyone can do the effortless tasks and make simple choices. However, we need to go beyond that. We need to do the dirty work. Do the right thing. Do our duty.

It’s easy to neglect responsibilities, especially when they seem mundane. Nevertheless, these duties are necessary. For example: doing the dishes after a long workday, reading your children a book, watching their soccer match, volunteering for a charity, writing letters to a distant relative, emptying the cat litter and voting. All are perhaps boring and unglamorous — but important.

In America, plenty of families are falling apart because members are not doing their duty. Many things have worked in concert to hasten the family’s decline. They include higher living costs and taxes, two working parents, sliding educational standards, declining spirituality and slouching societal mores. These and many more pressures help tear down family structures. The biggest influence, however, is the abrogation of men from their fatherhood duties.

For the most part, women are the glue holding broken families together. Unlike a portion of fathers, most mothers have not left their children. Instead, these women chug along doing their duty — the hard work of raising children properly— while many fathers avoid being a “dad.”

Now, I realize that the last sweeping observation does not accurately describe every family. There are many single-parent families caused by a spouse’s premature death or led by fathers, same-sex co-heads and joint custody relationships working out fine. I am not talking about individual families, but discussing families on a macro level.

In America, about half the children are raised out of wedlock or live in single-parent homes. The numbers are more staggering for various minorities — some are approaching three out of four. Especially in inner cities, a stereotype finds young men impregnating young women, dumping them and shirking their responsibilities. Unfortunately, children of these fatherless families have less of a chance at a successful life.

Studies show that children raised in single-parent families are more likely to drop out of school, earn less pay, have higher divorce rates, are more prone toward violence and are more likely to have children out of wedlock — thus perpetuating a vicious cycle.

Hillary Clinton believes that it takes a village to raise a child. I disagree. It should only take a family. Sadly, because all too many fathers have abandoned their responsibilities, governments and villages feel obligated to step in and fill the gap.

We all work harder and harder for less and less pay. There never seems to be enough time to finish our “To Do” lists. Despite this, we need to remember that we have many important duties that we should all strive to complete. Simply being a very good family member is perhaps the most important of them all.


Michael Benevento has a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s from Troy State University. He and his wife Kristine reside in Williston with their sons Matthew and Calvin. Please send comments to


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