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PHOTOS: S.D. Ireland tops Burlington

July 21, 2011

Observer photos by Ann Niedlinger

The S.D. Ireland American Legion baseball team defeated Burlington, 4-0, on July 14. The Irelands open the American Legion state tournament on July 22 against Brattleboro in Rutland.

PHOTOS: British Mania

July 21, 2011

Observer photos by Adam White

Beatles tribute band British Mania performed before a quadruple-digit crowd at Maple Tree Place on July 14 as part of the Groovin’ on the Green concert series.

PHOTOS: Shred Fest

July 21, 2011

Courtesy photos by Sarah Ricker

New England Federal Credit Union held a ‘Shred Fest’ at its Williston branch on July 16. Despite the steamy weather, the event drew enough people to shred more than 15,000 pounds of paper.

Recipe Corner

Salads for summer

July 14, 2011

By Ginger Isham

Hot days are here! I think it would be nice to hire a summer cook who would shop and develop new ideas — although I enjoy shopping in air-conditioning. My mother used to say she wished the family would tell her what they wanted to eat, and she would just make it instead of coming up with the menu herself. Maybe some of you like this idea, too, so here goes:

Pasta with ginger, mushrooms and tuna

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup cut up fresh mushrooms
5 cups cooked ziti
3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1 cup flaked white tuna (may use canned white albacore in water)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dry white wine

Saute mushrooms quickly in oil, until brown. Remove from heat and combine with cooked ziti, ginger and tuna. Sprinkle with lemon juice, wine and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature (or can make ahead and serve cold).

Red and green fettuccini

4 cups cooked spinach fettuccini (before cooking break into 1-inch pieces)
1 cup red stemmed Swiss chard chopped and blanched (use green tops and red stems)
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 red pepper, cut into slivers

Combine all salad ingredients and toss with dressing, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.

Quick potato salad

6 large potatoes; cooked, peeled and sliced (I like Yukon gold)
3 slices of bacon (I use the 50 percent fat free bacon bits already cooked)
1 chopped onion
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon minced dillweed

Saute onion in bacon fat or, if not using bacon, a small amount of olive oil. If using bacon, fry crisp and break into small bits. Combine all ingredients and serve warm.

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

Road Watch

July 14, 2011

North Williston Road closure

On July 14, North Williston Road will be closed to through traffic at the railroad crossing near Fay Lane and Chapman Lane because of reconstruction. Traffic will be detoured.
Motorists should be aware of trucks entering and leaving construction on the side of Vermont 2A near the Essex Junction line.
-Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization

Temporary bridge at U.S. 2 in Richmond now open

A temporary bridge and road at the U.S. 2 Checkered House Bridge in Richmond opened on June 29. The temporary, two-lane bridge over the Winooski River is directly adjacent to the existing 1929 bridge on U.S. 2. Construction of the temporary bridge will allow traffic to flow smoothly on U.S. 2 while construction is underway at the existing 1929 bridge.

The total length of the temporary bridge is 392 feet with a 266-foot center span. It took about 14 weeks to build, with construction beginning in late March. The temporary bridge will be used for two years until the Checkered House Bridge is re-opened in late spring 2013.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation urges motorists to please use caution when navigating the construction site and abide by all posted speed limits.
All legally permitted truck traffic can use the new temporary bridge.
-State Agency of Transportation

Irelands seek late season surge

State tournament looms

July 14, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The S. D. Ireland American Legion baseball aggregation will complete what it hopes is a final surge to a Vermont Legion Tournament slot with games Thursday against Burlington and home fixtures Saturday and Sunday against the Knights of Columbus, South Burlington, and the Orleans-Essex-Caledonia Kings.

The late season league scramble began Monday with an extra-inning, 6-5, upset loss to the Lynx. On Tuesday, the Clover Boys’ game against the OEC Kings at Lyndon State College was postponed with no makeup date as of press time.

The Irelands (11-8 overall, 5-4 league) went into Monday’s game in a good frame of mind. Their three-day visit the previous week to the Coopers Cave Tournament at Glens Falls, N.Y. saw them win three of five games against some high-powered regional competition.
“We played well,” said head coach Jim Neidlinger. “The first two games, which we split, were both well under two hours and we had 14 innings without giving up a walk.”

In a 6-5 victory over Kingston, R.I. on Wednesday (July 6), Drew Nick’s seventh-inning single drove in two runs to give the Irelands a 6-5 victory. Nicky Elderton earned the pitching win with a solid relief effort.

The next day, Larry Halvorson and Evan Healy paced the wrecking crew with three hits each and Dan French provided effective hurling in a 12-5 triumph over Rhode Island’s Hoxie Post.

Westbrook, Maine then limited the Ireland’s to an Elderton homer and Nick RBI double in capturing a 3-2 win.

But in the Green Mountain State on Monday, the Lynx came roaring out of the gate with a four-run first inning and kept the Irelands’ bats quiet just enough to take away the win.
Down 5-0 with two out in the top of the second, Elderton came to the mound from second base and proceeded to shut down the previously batty visitors. The right-hander allowed just four hits and struck out seven over the next 7 1-3 innings.

That fourth hit came in the top of the ninth, a two-out double by Nate Wark plated Glen Campbell with an unearned but winning run. Campbell had reached base on an infield bobble.

Trailing 5-2 going into the bottom of the seventh and presumably final frame, the Irelands got to Lynx starter Griffin Rogers with a single and two walks. Rogers was then lifted after throwing 101 pitches. Healy had an RBI single while Curt Echo and Elderton drew RBI walks in a three-run inning that tied the game at 5.

Earlier scoring off Rogers wasn’t easy. One run came in the fourth after a Rogers’ pitch hit Echo and Nick singled. With runners on first and third with no one out, Echo crossed the plate on Sean Rugg’s RBI grounder.

Fuller and Halvorson also had a pair of hits.

S.D. Ireland Legion Baseball Schedule

Thursday: At Burlington Lynx (Burlington High School), 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: OEC KINGS, noon
End regular season


Sports Notes

July 14, 2011

Williston all-stars keep rolling

Strong pitching by Jack Fitzgerald and Sam Mikell led the Williston 11- and 12-year-old Little League All-Stars to a victory over Shelburne, 4-1, on Tuesday. The game was the first one for both teams in the double-elimination round of the District I tournament.
Fitzgerald got the start and pitched 1 2-3 innings. He struck out four. Mikell pitched four innings, allowed just one hit, and whiffed nine.

Chris O’Brien (3-for-3, two RBIs) sparked Williston’s offense. O’Brien also threw out two Shelburne runners who were attempting to steal. Fitzgerald went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Matt Spear also drove in a run.

Williston has won six straight games to open the tournament. It next faces 1-0 South Burlington on Thursday at Rosenberg field, Schifilliti Park, in Burlington.

CVU has Presence in Saturday’s Annual Make-A-Wish Hockey Games

There will be Redhawk players and coaches contributing their talents Saturday in the annual boys and girls Vermont-New Hampshire Make-A-Wish Foundation Hockey Classic games at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House.

The girls’ contest of just graduated high school seniors faces off at 4 p.m. The boys play at 6:30 p.m.

Champlain Valley Union mentors Tom Ryan and sidekick Will MacKinnon will coach the Vermont girls. Ex-CVU ice stars Molly Howard at forward, and defenders Alyx Rivard and Amanda Lacaillade will be in action for their old coaches.

Four members of the Division I champion boys Redhawks will be on the ice for the nightcap: J. P. Benoit, Robbie Dobrowski and Derek Goodwin up front along with defenseman Erik Maclean.

Redhawks Gobble Up Lacrosse Honors

Four senior members of the Division I champion Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team earned first team all-star selections by the coaches.

Two of those all-division honorees, attacker Lawrence Dee and goalie Eric Palmer, are U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans.

Along with Dee and Palmer, midfielder Jake Marston and defender Ben Teasdale drew first team nominations. Senior attacker Nathaniel Wells made the second team.
Marston and Teasdale won two of six places on the Vermont Lacrosse Coaches’ Association’s Green and Gold Players of the Year scroll.

On the girls’ side, senior Amanda Kinneston was named to the first team as a midfielder. Sophomore midfielder Kate Raszka was named to the second team.
Girls’ honorable mentions went to Louise Gibbs, Brenna Gorman, Devan Wilkins and Hannah Johnson.

Grad Challenge Spawns Softball Camp

For her grad challenge at Champlain Valley Union High School, Leah Leister will run a one-week softball camp from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5. Participants must be between the ages of 11 and 15, and do not need softball experience. Leister, an incoming senior and member of CVU’s softball team, will conduct the camp at the school’s softball field. The cost is $30 per player, to be paid at the first day of camp. The camp will run each evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Burlington Technical Center certification

July 14, 2011

The following members of the 2011 Champlain Valley Union High School graduating class earned their certificates from the Burlington Technical Center on June 14:

Reed C. Belisle, Aviation Technology
Brandon B. Curtis, Welding/Metal Fabrication
Erikka D. Gregory, Culinary/Professional Foods
John P. Martin, Design & Illustration
Stephen M. Theriault, Automotive Science & Technology

Right to the Point

Tough budget decisions must be made

July 14, 2011

By Kayla Purvis

As I was reading the New York Times editorial, “Ideology Trumps Economics (July 12, 2011),” I had to laugh at how immature our politics can be. I’ve written about it a handful of times; I’m really tired of the blame game.

The author of this editorial is very obviously a Democrat, and is obviously trying to pin our debt-ceiling issues on all Republicans. So I thought that a commentary on the editorial might be kind of fun (direct quotes from the piece appear in italics and responses immediately follow).

“…Republicans are spurning the president’s compromise offers to reduce that debt by trillions over the next decade because he is sensibly insisting that any deal include some increase in tax revenue.”

Understandably, people are struggling, and in many cases, that small increase in tax could break them entirely. Any increase in tax needs to be tiny.

“The holdup, of course, is that Republicans are far more committed to the ideological goals of cutting government and taxes than they are committed to cutting the deficit.”

Really? Any intelligent person can see that both parties have their own ideological goals that they are more committed to than, say, actually acting upon them. Democrats are not angels, thank you. They have some flaws in their views, too.

“The House Republican leader, Eric Cantor, insisted to Mr. Boehner (John, House speaker) that his members, shackled to antitax pledges, could not accept it, or anything similar.”

House? That is not helpful. Something has to be done, but rigid stubbornness is not the answer. Compromise – it’s a good skill to have.

“…The consequences for the economy and Americans’ lives would be just as disastrous if all of those “savings” come out of essential government programs, with no additional revenue.” Define “essential” because what is essential to one person is not necessarily essential to another. In that respect, everything is essential because everything has to be essential to someone. As a result, nothing would get cut from our budget.

“Mr. Boehner’s refusal to push back against his party’s ideologues is only feeding their worst impulses.”

This I agree with. It’s like working with children: by not correcting them when they employ a bad behavior, you are only enabling them to continue doing the same thing. And right now, our government is being a bit childish.

We need a balanced plan. But how do we get one? Well, for starters, we make some hard decisions. Do we want to leave the Americans dependant on Medicare hanging? No. But we could privatize it. That would save millions of dollars. Why? It’s because there are thousands of people using programs such as Medicare and Welfare who don’t need them. Privatizing those programs would allow for much closer monitoring of who truly does and does not need Medicare, Welfare, etc.

We can also responsibly and gracefully finish up what we started in the Middle East. Then, here, we can boost our National Guard. Without the risk of deploying (the National Guard really isn’t supposed to be sent overseas), I bet a lot more people would join the National Guard. That would provide jobs for many Americans, and it would also increase our national security. We are pouring tons of money and soldiers into technologies and operations overseas that we seem to be neglecting the safety of our nation. Our soldiers do a great job overseas, but I would be just as grateful for them here.

We’re in a tough spot. But there are things that we can do. Someone just needs the guts to make it happen over in Washington.

Have you ever taken a family vacation? You can’t make everybody happy all the time — nobody always wants to do the exact same thing as everyone else. So why are we trying to make everybody perfectly happy in a nation of 300 million people?

Williston resident Kayla Purvis is a 2011 graduate of CVU High School.


July 14, 2011

Sheila Ann (Shepard) Seoane

Sheila Ann (Shepard) Seoane passed away peacefully at her proud home on July 8, 2011, surrounded by her loving family after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. Sheila was born Sept. 3, 1952, in Burlington, to Lloyd and Louise (Johnson) Shepard. Sheila lived in Williston most of her short life, attended Williston Central School and graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in 1970. Sheila met her husband, Art, when they both worked at Zayre Department store in South Burlington. Later, in 1983, they established Northland Janitorial as their family business. Sheila was instrumental in growing the business into the success it is today and also for the family’s newest venture, Saniglaze of VT. Sheila’s love for the outdoors is left, for all to remember her by, in her beautiful gardens and grounds that surround the family home that she helped build, nurture and adore. She was always happiest when enjoying the simple pleasures of her home and family. For the last 15 years, Sheila opened her home to her large family for holidays, birthdays and other special events. Sheila was a “true hostess” with any family gathering, always doing that little bit extra to make it special. Amy and Sean, her children, will always remember their special “birthdays” and of course the Christmases that she made so special. Sheila is survived by her parents, Lloyd and Louise Shepard of Williston; mother-in-law, Grace Seoane in Rhode Island; her husband, best friend and business partner of 33 years, Arthur Seoane; her pride and joy, daughter, Amy and son, Sean; her sisters, Nita Ingham and husband, Raymond, Brenda Ingham and husband, Donald; brothers, Donald and his partner, Joni Ellis, Gary and wife, Helen; sister-in-law, Sandra (Seoane) Calci and her husband, Steve, in Rhode Island; numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles; and so many friends in Vermont and Rhode Island that are also feeling this profound loss. Sheila was predeceased by her father-in-law, James W. Seoane, on April 7, 2010, while she herself was hospitalized at the start of this illness. She also lost her “other best friend” Odie, her 11-year-old Old English Sheepdog, in December 2010. Sheila’s family would like to thank all of the many friends and family that gave so generously by donating meals, gift cards and their time in caring for her. All of your help allowed her to remain in the home that she loved and cherished so much. Many thanks also to the caring and compassionate people from the VNA/Hospice group. You helped us take good care of Sheila’s needs and maintain her dignity through this most difficult time. Sheila’s remains are to be cremated, at her request, and only immediate family will gather for now. We will regenerate our strength to hold a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Sheila would like donations to be made in her name to The Wendy J. Pierson Foundation for Brain Cancer Research, c/o Nancy Condit, 8153 Route 116, Hinesburg, Vt. 05461, 802-598-1861. This is a debilitating disease that has already struck many Williston residents. There has not been much progress made in finding ways to subdue this terrible type of cancer. Arrangements are in the care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction.

Dr. Robert Engisch

Dr. Robert Engisch of Williston passed away peacefully on July 3, 2011 at the age of 81. Dr. Bob, as he was known to friends and family, practiced medicine as a board certified neurologist at the Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, the Kerbs Memorial Hospital in St. Albans, his office in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and his home office located on his farm in Williston. Dr. Engisch was born and raised in Elizabeth, N.J. He spent his high school years at The Pingry School in Elizabeth. He went on to graduate from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. in 1951, after studying abroad on a fellowship at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He earned his medical degree in 1954 from Cornell University Medical College and served as a captain in The United States Army. During his residency at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, Bob met and fell in love with an aspiring young artist who was a student at Columbia’s School of Painting and Sculpture, Joan Lloyd. Joan and Bob were married in 1952, and eventually purchased their farm in Williston in 1964. It was their dream to live in a place as lovely as Vermont. Joan passed away in 1985. Dr. Engisch is survived by six children; his daughters Cindy Lisner of Gers, France, Glynis Sutter of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Hilary Engisch-Klein of Stowe; and his sons Geoffrey of Mesa, Ariz., Peter of Williston, and Christopher Winter of Winooski; and seven grandchildren; Lola, Evan, Ula, Teagan, Gaelyn, Joanna, and Nora. In 1990, Dr. Engisch married his childhood friend from Elizabeth, Mary-Grace Collinge, of Millersburg, Ohio. Dr. Engisch won the prestigious Royal Blue as a student at St. Andrews. He loved skiing with his family at Smugglers Notch, and playing soccer, tennis and squash. He traveled extensively, and loved hiking in the mountains and working in the woods, both in Vermont and near his residence in La Punt, Switzerland. Home was filled with the sound of jazz and classical music, and the laughter that stemmed from listening to comedy from the BBC. A memorial service will be held for Dr. Engisch at the First Unitarian Universalist Society Church at the top of Church Street in Burlington, 152 Pearl Street, at 7 p.m. on July 20, 2011. In lieu of flowers, the Engisch family requests that you kindly donate to the Sierra Club Foundation to help its noble work to protect our planet and preserve the sanctity of its natural beauty, which Dr. Engisch dearly loved.