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PHOTOS: CVU boys lacrosse takes on South Burlington and BFA-St. Albans

May 19, 2011

Courtesy photos by Joe Kropf

The Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team topped South Burlington, 12-5, on May 9. The Redhawks then defeated BFA-St. Albans, 20-18, on May 14 and are 12-0.

PHOTOS: Shred Fest

May 19, 2011

Observer photos by Karen Pike (www.kpikephoto.com)

New England Federal Credit Union collected documents from members of the community that were shredded in the Secure Shred trucks placed at its Williston branch on May 14. It was the 20th “Shred Fest” that NEFCU has held over the past five years, with each event collecting about 30,000 pounds of paper that were shredded and recycled.

PHOTOS: Balloons over Williston

May 19, 2011

Observer photos by Steve Mease (www.stevemease.com)

Balloons piloted by Jeff Snyder and Mitch Loiselle landed in two Williston neighborhoods on May 12.

PHOTOS: Williston Soccer Club U14G

May 12, 2011

Courtesy photos by Thomas Spencer

The Williston Soccer Club U14G battled to a scoreless tie against Fusion Soccer Club, based out of Manchester.

CVU Sports Schedule

May 12, 2011


Thursday: ST JOHNSBURY, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: VERGENNES, 11 a.m.

Tuesday: at Spaulding, 4:30 p.m.


Thursday: ST JOHNSBURY, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: VERGENNES, 11 a.m.

Tuesday: at Spaulding, 4:30 p.m.


Monday: at West Bolton Golf Club (Colchester is host), 3:30 p.m.


Saturday: at BFA-St. Albans, 11 a.m.

Monday: MIDDLEBURY, 4 p.m.


Saturday: at Essex, 11 a.m.

Tuesday: MIDDLEBURY, 4:30 p.m.


Thursday: at Burlington (Leddy Park), 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: at South Burlington, 10 a.m.

Monday: COLCHESTER, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: STOWE, 3:30 p.m.


Thursday: BURLINGTON, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: SOUTH BURLINGTON, 10 a.m.

Monday: at Colchester, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: at Stowe (Stowe Haus), 3:30 p.m.


Friday: at Bobwhite Relays (St. Albans), 3:25 p.m.

Saturday: at Iverson Relays (South Burlington), 10 a.m.

Tueday: At Essex, 3:25 p.m.


Schedules are subject to change

Sports Notes

May 12, 2011


After getting some standout performances Saturday in the 36th annual Burlington Invitational, the Champlain Valley Union track and field team will engage in relays this weekend before traveling to Essex on Tuesday to take on the Hornets.

CVU will be at the Bobwhite Relays in St. Albans on Friday (3:25 p.m.) and Iverson Relays at South Burlington on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Redhawks, in their first serious measurement against the overall competition this spring, came away from the BHS test with two meet records in their trio of event wins and finished third overall with 141.2 points to first place Essex’s 243.33.

The girls 4-by-800-meter relay team of Adrienne and Julienne Devita, Autumn Eastman and Summer Spillane rushed to a meet record of 9:44.07 in capturing the event over second place Essex.

A second meet mark was set in the non-counting freshman 100 when CVU’s Haliana Burhans rocketed past the finish line in 13.05 seconds.

The Redhawks’ third first place triumph came from senior Dale Conger, Vermont’s indoor shot put champion this past winter. He earned the victory with a throw of 47-3.5 feet to win by two feet.

Other CVU athletes had solid days including sophomore Abby Eddy with thirds in the 100 and long jump plus a fifth in the 200.

James Pieper-Lococo took second in the 110 hurdles with teammates Alex Bonfigli and Rashi Brooklyn fourth and fifth. Brooklyn was also fifth in the 300 hurdles.

Thomas Keller came in third in the long jump and fourth in the 400. Dan Hebert was fourth in the 1,500 and the boys relay teams were second in the 4-by-100.

Claire Trotter came in third in the girls 800. Cousins Taylor and Summer Spillane were third and fourth in the 1500.

Emily Kinneston, a freshman, was fourth in the triple jump.

Eastman, also a freshman, captured third place in the non-counting 1500 run for first year performers.


Champlain Valley Union's Rachel Distler unfurls a pitch during the Redhawks' 8-5 loss to South Burlington on May 2. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

After bowing three times in five days, the 1-7 Champlain Valley Union High softball team returns to action on Thursday in St. Johnsbury against a tough 7-1 Hilltopper nine. On Saturday, the Redhawks will play host to 3-4 Vergennes in a rescheduled contest.

It was a challenging start to the week for the Hawks, who fell Monday 16-1 to undefeated powerhouse Essex at the Hornets’ nest. On Tuesday, in Jericho, CVU’s Rachel Distler cracked out a pair of hits but 7-3 Mount Mansfield cruised to an 18-6 triumph, its second of the season over the Hawks.

On May 6, CVU got off to a good start with two runs in the bottom of the first when Susan Parmalee led off with a double and Kenzie Roberts and Alannah Roy followed with RBI singles for a 2-1 lead over visiting Middlebury. The Tigers, however, prevailed 8-6 despite Roberts’ three hits and two-baggers by Leah Leister and Distler.


Boys Tennis

May 6: CVU (5-3) 6, Rice 1

Girls Tennis

May 6: CVU (7-1) 6, Rice 1

Girls Lacrosse

May 7: Mt. Mansfield 13, CVU (2-4) 9

CVU boys lacrosse remains undefeated

May 12, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Following a visit to Barre to face Spaulding on Wednesday, the high flying Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team is scheduled for a session at BFA-St. Albans on Saturday (11 a.m.) before returning home Monday to meet Middlebury in a previously postponed contest.

It took a little additional lifting Monday before the Redhawks put away visiting South Burlington, 12-5, to hike their season record to 9-0. It was the second of back-to-back meetings with the 4-4 Rebels, who were 16-6 victims of the high scoring Hawks in South Burlington on May 5.

On a sunny Monday afternoon at a dry Hinesburg field, the Rebels held the Redhawks to a 2-2 tie through the first period.

Chris Bulla scored two of his three goals early in the second reel and the Redhawks bolted to a 6-2 halftime edge.

However, the third period went to the underdog Rebels with Dan Cone and Will Thompson notching goals to close to within 6-4 by the end of the 12 minutes. Things might have been worse from the CVU perspective except for the work in the net by veteran Eric Palmer, who made seven stops in a very busy quarter.

“Eric was great in goal,” said Bulla. “Offensively we became a little sloppy with our passing.”

But all of that changed in the final reel as a motivated CVU team put up six scores before South Burlington got the final tally of the contest with just over two minutes left.

Bulla snapped the 2-2 tie in the second stanza by outracing three Rebels in pursuit of a loose ball that rolled, with Bulla’s help, from midfield to the doorstep of the Rebel net before the Redhawk attacker popped it into the cage.

He scored again in the fourth quarter onslaught to join Lawrence Dee, who had two of his three scores. Nick Spencer and Justin Beaudry also found the net.

Nathaniel Wells had two earlier goals while Christian Goulette had the day’s opening score.

Palmer totaled 10 saves for CVU while Rebs’ netminder Kyle Kaesta stopped 11 shots.

All were in high spirits given it was the Redhawks first game under Ole Sol’s rays in weeks.

“It is the first time all spring I have been able to wear shorts,” CVU coach Dave Trevithick said.

Beaudry had a big night under the South Burlington lights on May 5, knocking in six scores in one of the biggest individual explosions of the season.

Dee had three goals and four assists and Jake Marston added a pair of scores.

CVU baseball upsets Essex, returns home

May 12, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After having fun in the sun on the road earlier this week, including a rare victory at Essex on Monday, coach Tim Albertson and his Champlain Valley Union baseball squad are back home to entertain St. Johnsbury on Thursday and Vergennes on Saturday. The Vergennes contest is a makeup from an earlier postponement.

The sun was in full force on Tuesday, but the Hawks lost, 5-2, to 7-2 Mount Mansfield Union in Jericho. The Cougars’ Shayne DeLaBruere, an S.D. Ireland American Legion teammate of many of the CVU players last summer, tossed a five-hitter. CVU is now 4-4.

At Essex, the Redhawks handed the 7-2 defending Division I champion Hornets only their second loss of the season. CVU’s new bam master, junior Brendan Davitt, slugged a bases-loaded double in the top of the ninth with two outs to chase home three runs. The clutch blast snapped an extra-inning deadlock.

Sophomore Davis Mikell and his mitt-popping heat closed it out on the mound for the 9-6 win.

Drew Nick, who socked a double and a single, earned the pitching victory. Tucker Kohlash rapped a pair of hits and drove in a run. He’s had five hits in his last two games.

Davitt made his first lineup start (outfield) on May 6 in the Hawks’ 12-2 triumph at home over Middlebury, and responded with a pair of two-baggers and two RBIs.

Down 2-0 after the top of the first, CVU responded with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and then seven more in the final two, thanks to an overall 11-hit barrage.

Ian Solomon had four RBIs including a double and single. Jared Badger had a single, sacrifice fly, and three RBIs.

Nick, Calvin Benvento (winner), Mikell, and Dylan Ireland pitched in on the mound.

Champlain Valley Union High School honor roll

May 12, 2011

The following students from Williston and St. George were named to Champlain Valley Union High School’s third quarter honor roll:

High Honors

Nicole C. Akiki

Hannah L. Apfelbaum

Ferne E. Arsenault

Ian S. Batson

Ezekiel P. Benshirim

Hannah W. Bond

Austin W. Burbank

Thomas E. Burns

Austin T. Busch

Kyle T. Byrne

Mari L. Caminiti

Christopher Castano

Joseph M. Castano

Samuel C. Chevalier

Jenna N. Clear

Lillian R. Coletta

Mary  Collins

Conor J. Delphia

Benjamin  Drinkwine

C. Todd  Forrester

Kirsten D. Forrester

Rose E. Friedlander

Andrew K. Gale

Brendan P. Gannon

Taylor Goldsborough

Evan P. Grey

Mackenzie A. Gunn

Bennett R. Hadley

Konrad J. Herath

Shae L. Hulbert

Olivia A. Isham

Laura V. Jennings

Aleksey K. Jordick

Andrea A. Joseph

Alison R. Kahn

Emily L. Keller

Liam P. Kelley

Grace E. Kennedy

Maya E. Kunigis

Sydney W. Lalancette

Eleanor L. Laukaitis

Eliza E. Lemieux

Noah S. Lieberman

Jonathan L. Liebman

Corinne S. Loiseau

Olivia G. Loisel

Samuel  Longenbach

Ryan A. Martel

Asa A. Mease

Gregory D. Meyer

Katherine E. Meyer

Brittany D. Mount

Lily H. Nguyen

Alexandra E. Novak

Emily M. O’Brien

Erin M. O’Brien

Alyson J. O’Connell

David M. Parker

Josiah R. Parker

Emmett B. Peterson

Christopher J. Petrillo

Bryn C. Philibert

Marta P. Plociennik

Sara K. Riordan

Makenzie R. Roberts

Mary M. Rutenbeck

Shannon E. Ryan

Elliot H. Schneider

Ryan Schneiderman

Jacob B. September

Sylvie M. Shanks

Jonathan Slimovitch

Pauline Soler

Leah M. Soule

Henri F. St-Pierre

Meghen A. Sullivan

Benjamin A. Teasdale

Chloe A. Trifilio

Niles E. Trigg

Grace A. Usher

Eleanor C. Wallace

Paige A. Watson

Wilson  Yandell

Kaya E. Yurieff

Grace H. Zebertavage

A/B Honors

Olivia H. Arms

Emily A. Asch

Michelle E. Asch

Emilee F. Averill

Timothy P. Averill

Ashley L. Bachand

Ryan S. Barland

Bradley B. Barth

Lauren M. Barth

Hallah E. Bates

Dillon G. Beliveau

Calvin T. Benevento

Stephen  Bennett

Erik J. Bergkvist

Alexandra M. Bernier

Kendall L. Berry

Ryan C. Boland

Andrew R. Bonneau

Nicholas R. Bouton

Kaitlin E. Bowen

Griffin W. Brady

Jenna I. Brassard

Christopher Bresee

Ryan P. Brogna

Connor J. Brown

Sam T. Brown

Kelsey  Caminiti

Cynthia R. Carpenter

Austin J. Carrier

Simon V. Casson

Joseph D. Chevalier

Ethan  Childs

Evan R. Cohen

Abigail  Colbeth

Kayleigh M. Colbeth

Kody A. Corbosiero

Parker J. Cornbrooks

Alyson M. Cozzy

David J. Daly

Rebecca P. Daniels

Jordan D. Davis

Sierra J. Davis

Nicholle S. Demag

Derek R. Desany

Adrienne  DeVita

Julienne  DeVita

Alec F. Distler

Mikal A. Dixon

Forrest M. Dodds

Jake P. Donnelly

Remington Donnelly

Jasmyn M. Druge

Taryn L. Druge

Ashley E. Dubois

Jordan Duchesneau

Abigail  Dunki-Jacobs

Evangeline S. Dunphy

Molly D. Dunphy

Shannon M. Fahy

Brian J. Fisher

Kiernan J. Fitzgerald

Joseph D. Fontaine

Samuel L. Fontaine

Taggart S. Francis

Sierra C. Frisbie

Stephen B. Garcia

Emma L. Gause

Rebecca S. Goldberg

Lauren Goldsborough

Katelyn C. Goodrich

Derek J. Goodwin

Hannah C. Grunvald

Warren A. Grunvald

M.Ethan Guillemette

Shane P. Haley

Laura A. Harris

Lindsay A. Hawley

Julie  Ho

Katelyn  Hodgkins

Matthew D. Howell

Joshua F. Huber

Owen H. Hudson

Halima O. Hussein

Salat O. Hussein

Chandler R. Jacobson

Shannon L. Jensen

Bekir  Karakus

Ryan A. Kelley

Emma F. Kinsel

Dani R. Klein

Shelby L. Knudson

Kaelyn L. Kohlasch

Tucker D. Kohlasch

Zoey M. LaChance

Elizabeth R. Ladd

Jenna N. LaFountain

Kristyn L. LaFrance

Matthew P. Lambert

Nicholas J. Ledak

Sarah C. Leister

Andrew A. Lemieux

Hannah L’Esperance

Benjamin R. Liebman

Madison R. Litchfield

Sarah J. Long

Sofia N. Lozon

Zoe L. Lucia

Hope E. Luria

Lida  Lutton

Kathryn C. Lyle

Catherine R. Mara

Shawna C. Marsh

John P. Martin

Alexandra L. Mauss

Conor M. McQuiston

William R. McSalis

Jessie D. Melincoff

Lauren F. Meunier

Maria K. Mignano

Amanda A. Milne

Mikayla L. Morin

Conner J. Morse

Amelia B. Munson

Brandon  Murakami

Alexandra L. Murphy

Laura T. Murphy

Galyth M. Ngali

Tuan Q. Nguyen

Nicholas T. O’Brien

Benjamin P. Ogle

Cody P. Osborne

Erin H. Palmer

Anna L. Philibert

Cote J. Pudlo

Dylan J. Raymond

Laura Rauser

Sarah  Reed

Elizabeth J. Reynolds

Kristian J. Riley

Robert J. Russ

Anna C. Rutenbeck

John P. Ryan

Craig R. Sampson

Jason  Schneiderman

Todd M. Scrimgeour

Patrick W. Sheedy

Philip J. Sheedy

Anna L. Shelley

Hayden C. Smith

Anne R. Spector

William B. Spencer II

Emily C. Spencer

Aleksandra  Stamper

Sophia  Steinhoff

Louis J. St-Pierre

Ashley M. Struble

Danielle S. Terrill

Eva S. Theriault

Stephen  Theriault

Sarah E. Thompson

John W. Tomashot

Tanner A. Tomasi

Tessa A. Tomasi

Tino A. Tomasi

Celia E. Trifilio

Olivia H. Vande Griek

Kelsey L. Walters

Anthea S. Weiss

Caelin C. Weiss

Cale C. Whitcomb

Kevin O. Wilkinson

Kyle G. Williams

Nureen  Wohl

Monica L. Wright

Andrea E. Young


May 12, 2011


John A. Belisle passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011. He was born on March 17, 1942, in Coventry, the son of Arthur and Mary Leontine Belisle. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Bentley College. He started his career in Boston, Mass. at Price Waterhouse and Co. He returned to Vermont upon being offered an opportunity to be a controller for Shelburne Industries, Inc. Missing the ongoing involvement with the business community, he went back to public accounting and became a partner at P.F. Jurgs. In 1978, John started his own firm, which became Belisle Viens Associates PC. He was predeceased by his father, Arthur Belisle; and his siblings, Arthur and Larry, as well as his infant twin brothers. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; four children, Jonathon, Steven, Justin, and Nicole; his mother, Mary Leontine Belisle; his siblings, Simone Graveline and her husband, Norman, Jeannette Woods and her husband, William, Armand Belisle, Lucien Belisle and his wife, Carmelita, Mary Ann Hogan and her husband, Jim, Pauline Comtois and her husband, Frank, Lucille LaRose and her husband, Richard, George Belisle, Evelyn Cottone, Arline Belisle, and Lisa Mallory and her husband, Marc. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Williston with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.


Richard LeBoeuf passed away on April 27, 2011, in the Fletcher Allen Hospital of Burlington. Richard was born on May 7, 1930, in Charlotte to Albert and Odiana Mercure LeBoeuf. Richard attended Charlotte and Sacred Heart School in Newport and graduated from Burlington High in 1949 and Burlington Business College in 1952. In 1970, he married Shirley Heath, who predeceased him in 2000. He was employed by Marcell Motor Express and worked as a comptroller for Queen City Printers for many years. He built the Charlotte Post Office in early 1990. Richard is survived by a sister, Shirley LeBoeuf Bruce of Williston; and nieces, Lori Ann Bruce of Williston and Tracy Jean Bruce of Colchester. The family would like to thank Richard’s dear friends, Dr. and Mrs. George (Spin) Richardson, Jim Mullins, and Joel Jackson. They were a great deal of help, comfort and support. Visiting hours were held on Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Homes, 209 Falls Rd., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, May 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, East Charlotte. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495-2073.


Matthew Jacob Hathaway, 20, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 22, 2011, in Chesapeake, Va. Matthew was born in Burlington on May 31, 1990, the son of Cheryl (Laroche) Hathaway of Williston and Gary Hathaway of Underhill. Matthew graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School and Essex Tech in 2008, the Boston Job Corps in 2009, and was currently attending ECPI College of Technology studying computer programming and game simulation. Matthew was a caring and gentle person who loved animals, computers, and especially his brother, Andre. He will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives he touched. He is survived by his mother, Cheryl (Laroche) Hathaway, and her husband, David Martel, and the Martel family of Williston; his father, Gary Hathaway of Underhill; his brother, Andre Hathaway; stepbrothers, Scott and Ryan Martel; and stepsister, Christine Martel. Matthew is also survived by his maternal grandfather, Andre Laroche; his paternal grandmother, Susan Hathaway; his paternal grandfather, Wayne Hathaway and his wife, Sheila; aunts and uncles, Michelle and Papis Badji, Claude and Helena Laroche, Debra and William Stearns, Wayne, Jr. and Janice Hathaway, Sally and Bill Savaria, Lynn and Kevin Griswold, and Lisa and Mark Seymour; and cousins, Jake, Maya, Fatou, Jonah, Michelle, Jason, Billy, Alyssa, Kristin, Logan, McKenna, Christian, Ashley, Becca, Hope, and Mariah. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Mae Anne Laroche; and his uncle, Alan Chittenden. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, May 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Williston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478.


Marion J. Merriman, 76, daughter of the late Carmi and Hazel Ploof, went home to join her beloved husband, Lloyd, on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Marion resided in Toms River, N.J. for fifty years prior to moving back to Vermont eight years ago. She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Merriman, in 1994; and her daughter, Marion, in 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Joy and her partner, Ron Grimaldi, of Dundee, N.Y.; her son, Lloyd Merriman and his wife, Deborah, of Barnegat, N.J.; and three grandsons, Nicholas of Charlotte, N.C., Justin of Philadelphia, Pa., and Lloyd of Ocean Gate, N.J. She also leaves behind her loving sister, Marjorie Russell, of Williston; her kind brother, Allan Ploof and his partner, Pat Stuart, of Milton; along with nieces and nephews, and her friends of Taft Farms. A Prayer service was held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 7 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Services. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.


Robert “Bob” O. Harton, 77, died on Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Fletcher Allen Health Care, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born in Colchester on Jan. 12, 1934, the son of J.O. and Eva (Dominque) Harton. He graduated from Essex Junction High School in 1952. He attended Saint Michael’s College and joined the United States Air Force in 1954. He was stationed in Lawry AFB, Denver, Colo. He married his high school “sweetheart,” Norma Jean Cross, on Dec. 29, 1954, in Christ the King Church of Burlington. This was followed by many successful business ventures, including Green Mountain Mobile Home Park in Colchester, H&R Block in Essex Junction, Melna Concrete in South Burlington, and the founding of Harton Associates Tax Accounting in Essex Junction. He served on multiple boards, including the Vermont Tax Practitioners Association, UVM Extension Service, Holy Family Finance Committee and Council, Villages of Seaport in Florida, and Perkins Bend Condo Association. He was an avid sportsman and was a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox and Celtics. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Norma; his five children and their families, Kathie and Dan Cooke of Williston, Leslee and Bob Herlihy of Essex Junction, Mike and Cheryl Harton of St. Albans, Jim and Jen Harton of Georgia, and Jeff and Kelli Harton of Essex Junction; grandchildren, Chris and Marc Cooke, Lisha Delage, Barbie Burns, Matt Herlihy, Erin Archer, Jacob Harton, Robert Smrcka, Mychaela and Krystina Harton, Eva Harton, Kaila Krouse, and Hunter Stewart; nine great- grandchildren; and many extended family members. A very special thank you to Dr. Stephen Grunberg, Dr. Dennis Plante, Dr. Robert Karp, the nurses on Shepardson 4, and the staff at Starr Farm Nursing Home Rehab. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. Donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or The American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.