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PHOTOS: Brick Church Music Series

Courtesy photos by David Yandell

The Brick Church Music series opened its fourth season in Williston village with chamber music by members of the Vermont Youth Orchestra on Oct. 21.

PHOTOS: Haunted Forest

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The 31st annual Haunted Forest, held at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, runs over the final two weekends in October.

CVU Sports Schedule

Oct. 20, 2011



Saturday: NVAC District Meet, Swanton, 11 a.m.



VPA Playoffs: site and time TBA



Saturday: MIDDLEBURY, 1 p.m.



Tuesday: BFA-ST. ALBANS, 4 p.m.

Friday: at South Burlington, 4 p.m.

End regular season



Friday: at Burlington, 4 p.m.

End regular season



Schedule subject to change

Sports shorts

Oct. 20, 2011


The Champlain Valley Union girls soccer team went into Wednesday’s home contest (after Observer press deadline) with 10-2 South Burlington hoping to put the clincher on a No. 1 seed and home field advantage for the upcoming Division I playoffs.

Coach Brad Parker’s Redhawks close out the regular campaign Friday (4 p.m.) at Burlington.

The 11-0-1 Hawks entered the week in first place in the division’s standings.

However, CVU will carry on without junior Taylor Goldsborough. The sheriff of the midfield injured her knee last week in a victory at Mount Mansfield, and will be lost for the remainder of the season.

“It’s a crushing blow,” said Parker, citing Goldsborough’s field leadership and athletic ability. He said some of the team’s platoon of freshmen and sophomores will have to pick up the slack.

Last Thursday (Oct. 13), the Redhawks rolled past Colchester, 4-1. Sara Lewis, Emily Kinneston, Shelby Hanlon and Audrey Morehouse notched the goals. Sophia Steinhoff helped on two of the scores, and Morehouse assisted one.

Netminder Bryn Philibert had two saves in the win.



Hoping to enhance their position in the Division I field hockey standings, the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks closed out the regular season Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) by playing host to Burlington (0-10-3).

Winning and rising in the Vermont Principals’ Association standings were very much on the Redhawks minds after they snapped a five-game winless string Monday with a stunning 1-0 victory over mighty Middlebury.

Kathryn Loucks scored the game’s lone goal with just over 19 minutes remaining in the second half to hike CVU’s record to 3-6-4.

In gaining CVU’s fourth shutout, goalie Evangeline Dunphy had six saves. Heather Ploof made two stops in the Tigers’ cage.

On Oct. 14 at Essex, the Hornets (6-2-3) unleashed 11 shots on Dunphy with three getting through for a 3-1 triumph. Jessica Asch scored for CVU, which had five shots on the Essex goal.



The second season for the Champlain Valley Union cross country team begins when it heads to Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton on Saturday for the Northern Vermont Athletic Council District Meet.

For coach Scott Bliss’ defending district, Vermont and New England champion girls, the meet marks the first step toward another run at multiple crowns. For the boys, it’s an opportunity to continue a climb into the top tier.

The girls warmed up for the event last Friday (Oct. 14) with a scorching victory at Mills River Park in Jericho, placing five runners in the first seven to swamp second place host Mount Mansfield in team totals (19-67).

CVU’s Taylor Spillane was first across the finish line in 18 minutes and 57 seconds. Teammates Adrienne DeVita and Autumn Eastman were the next to finish, coming in together at 19:43.

The Redhawks’ Aleksey Jordick took sixth, followed by Sophie Hess (seventh).

It was a third-place finish for the CVU boys behind winning Mount Mansfield and runner-up Essex. Nick Bouton paced the Redhawks with a sixth-place finish.

—Mal Boright


CVU boys soccer’s unbeaten streak reaches 10

Hawks feast on BFA, face Rebels Friday

Oct. 20, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent


Not only was it senior day Tuesday for the Champlain Valley Union boys soccer team, but the co-captains went on a scoring binge in the final home contest of the season — an 8-0 romp over BFA-St. Albans.

It was the 10th straight game without a loss for the 11-1-1 Redhawks, who close out the regular season Friday afternoon on South Burlington High School’s artificial turf. A victory should give coach T. J. Mead’s unit the No. 1 seed in the Division I playoffs that begin next week.

Seven of Tuesday’s goals came from the CVU co-captains. Ben Comai and Sam Raszka. Comai unloaded a three-goal package and Raszka notched two. Parker Cornbrooks and Chad Bateman each fired in singletons. Bennett Hadley was the non-captain point maker.

Bateman, the Redhawks’ calm backfield organizer, started the scoring early in the first half with a long blast that rocketed into the high right side of the BFA cage. It was a settling of accounts for Bateman, who had a pair of shots hit a post in Friday’s 2-1 win against Essex.

The Redhawks chalked up a 20-4 advantage in shots. Netminder Anders Fasth Gillstedt, an exchange student from Sweden, made four saves in racking up the Hawks’ seventh goose egg of the campaign.

Bateman said the field conditions Tuesday were far better than Friday when standing water from rainfalls on the soggy surface made ball control an added adventure for both teams.

The 7-4-1 Hornets, scrambling to improve their position in the upcoming playoffs, took a 1-0 lead into the final three minutes when Shane Haley knocked in the tying tally after a struggle in front of the Essex net.

There were just three brief seconds left in regulation when Tucker Shelley notched the winner, with Raszka getting the assist.

Brandon O’Connell had three saves in the CVU cage.

Hawks gridiron gang hunting Tigers

CVU facing Middlebury Friday, drops 42-35 decision to Rebels

Oct. 20, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Division I postseason playoff positioning will be at stake Saturday (1 p.m.) when the 5-2 Champlain Valley Union Redhawks defend their gridiron turf against the invading 6-1 Middlebury Tigers.

“They are a very good team,” CVU head coach Jim Provost said Sunday of Middlebury, which also eyes the playoffs that start next weekend for eight D-I schools.

While CVU was getting nudged, 42-35, at South Burlington Friday (Oct. 14), Middlebury was at home — putting a 25-8 bopping on Colchester behind a strong running game.

“We have to come up with a way to stop their runs,” Provost said.

Halfback Marshall Hastings, who has chalked up more than 200 yards in multiple games and went over the century mark in the Colchester victory, leads the Tigers.

There are few differences in comparative scores. Middlebury’s lone defeat came two weeks ago, a 23-7 decision at BFA-St. Albans. The Bobwhites handled CVU, 48-0, three weeks ago.

Two other common foes are Mount Anthony Union, which CVU whipped, 28-13, and Middlebury beat, 23-12. CVU nailed Essex, 45-21, a team Middlebury nipped, 31-28, on the season’s second weekend.



At South Burlington, it was a dark and stormy night, but the lightning was confined to the playing turf on which the two offenses sped up and down for better than a half-mile in yardage. A late Rebel interception of a tipped CVU pass deep in South Burlington territory decided the outcome.

The combined yardage from scrimmage was 863, with return yards putting the total over 1,000. The hard working chain gangs had to respond to 37 first downs.

Primary instigator of the CVU fireworks was senior quarterback Drew Nick. On the ground, the elusive swiftie rolled up 143 yards — including four touchdowns on jaunts of 64, 9, 2 and 1 yards.

Nick struck through the air for another 174 yards on 13 completions, including a 9-yard scoring strike to end Davis Mikell, who, in his second game, had six grabs for 85 yards.

The game might have gotten out of CVU’s hands early if not for Nick’s dramatic dash midway through the second period. The Rebels had just rattled off three straight scores for a 20-7 advantage and had the Redhawks facing third-and-1 on their own 36-yard line. Nick rolled to his left, appeared to be halted by a squad of blue shirts, emerged from a moving bevy of bodies and bolted down the left sideline and into the end zone — a 64-yard bolt.

Both teams added touchdowns and South Burlington held a 27-21 lead at halftime, after stopping the Hawks’ three tries from the Rebel 7 before blocking a field goal try by Tucker Kohlasch (5-for-5 on extra point boots).

The Redhawks took a 28-27 edge in the first series of the second half, moving 53 yards in four plays. Nick finished off the drive with a 9-yard burst.

South Burlington responded with a 66-yard drive fueled by a platoon of running backs. Tyler Abate (93 yards, 12 lugs) and Will Thomson pounded out the early yards before Connor Devarney (137 yards, 23 carries) popped into the end zone from four yards out. Quarterback Hunter Riehle passed to Thomson for the two-point conversion and a 35-28 lead.

CVU tied the contest with just over six minutes remaining in the game on Nick’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Mikell.

But on the second play following the ensuing kickoff, Riehle found Thompson by himself beyond the CVU defense and connected for a 63-yard scoring pitch to put the Rebels in front for good.

CVU mounted a comeback. After Matt Bauer knocked down a Riehle fourth-down pass attempt from the Redhawks’ 39, Nick, on first down and with 47 seconds left, hit a well-defended Trevor Kennedy with a 44-yard completion to set up the Hawks at the Rebel 17. But Nick’s next throw was deflected into the hands of South Burlington’s Sean Lunny to end the back-and-forth struggle.

With ace running back Nick Ferrentino sidelined, CVU got some good infantry yards from backup Brent Carreiro with 69 yards on 14 carries.

While both defenses struggled, CVU’s Kyle Williams, John Keen, Ryan Fleming and Harvey Ottinger (fumble recovery) were among those with some shining moments.



South Burlington 42, CVU 35


CVU (5-2)                        SB (6-1)

First downs                                    18                                      19

Total yards                                    387                                   476

Yards rushing                               216                                    369

Yards passing                               174                                    114                  32-13-2                             16-6-0

Fumbles-lost                                 3-0                                    3-1

Sacked-yds lost                             1-3                                     1-7

Penalties-yards                             1-5                                   5-45

Punts-avg                                      2-30                                  1-42

Return yards                                   87                                     99



CVU – 7  14   7   7 – 35

SB –    7  20   8   7 – 42

Around Town

Oct. 20, 2011



Kindred Connections, an organization that provides peer support for those affected by cancer, is coming to Chittenden County and looking for cancer survivors who want to give back.

Anyone who wants to help needs to undergo training to learn high-level communication skills. There was a three-part training at the American Cancer Society in Williston in September and early October, and there will be more in the future.

If you are a cancer survivor and would like to give back to your community, call (800) 652-5064 or e-mail Visit for more information

Kindred Connections began in Franklin, Orange and Washington counties.

Mach 1 Solutions takes off in hospitals

Oct. 20, 2011

By Luke Baynes

Observer staff


What do a pilot and a surgeon have in common?

They both have high-risk jobs and take other people’s lives in their hands every time they go to work.

That correlation is the driving force behind Mach 1 Solutions, a Williston-based company that uses aviation training techniques and checklist procedures to improve safety and efficiency in the medical field.

Mach 1 was co-founded in 2007 by Williston resident Steve Lambrecht, who serves as a managing partner of the company when he’s not serving his country as a full-time member of the Vermont Air National Guard. Prior to joining the Green Mountain Boys, Lambrecht was a graduate of the elite “TOPGUN” fighter school (“It is nothing like the movie,” he assured), served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and flew more than 100 combat missions in Bosnia and Iraq.

Now he’s using his experience to transform chaotic hospital emergency rooms into well-oiled machines.

“Medicine is a high-risk endeavor, as is aviation,” said Lambrecht. “In medicine they really didn’t follow checklist procedures and didn’t do a lot of things that in aviation we’ve learned to do the hard way over the course of decades.”

Perhaps the hardest lesson of the commercial aviation industry occurred on March 27, 1977, when two Boeing 747s collided on a Canary Islands runway and killed 583 people. The incident was caused by air traffic control and pilot errors. According to Lambrecht, the accident resulted in sweeping changes throughout the airline industry.

“NASA was directed by the government (to assess the airline industry) and what they came back with was that the hierarchies were too steep, teamwork was too low and it was preventing communication and preventing us from stopping these errors from happening,” Lambrecht said. “Medicine isn’t exactly the same thing, but you have a surgeon in the operating room, and even if the surgeon is the nicest person in the room, the very fact that they are who they are presents a barrier of communication.”

To help prevent communication breakdowns in hospitals, Mach 1 implements a system known as “Crew Resource Management,” which focuses on six key areas of workplace performance: leadership, communication, decision making, situational awareness, resource management and task management.

“When you analyze errors, what you find is that there is a breakdown in one of those six areas,” Lambrecht said.

Mach 1 normally spends a year going through the CRM training process with a particular hospital. After completing the 12-month program, it obtains error data from the hospital and compares it to the prior year’s errors.

“The results have been pretty dramatic,” said Lambrecht. “I’m not at liberty to discuss specific situations, but I can tell you that the rates of error have decreased substantially.”

Despite the safety improvements and corresponding cost reductions Crew Resource Management techniques provide, Lambrecht said a “vast minority” of hospitals have implemented CRM procedures.

“We run into resistance all the time,” he said. “Usually the subordinate members of the teams are very enthusiastic about this process. Among the leaders, it’s a mix. I would roughly estimate you have about 10 percent that are resisters — either passively or actively. They feel like they’re giving up control of something, when what they’re really doing is allowing their team to help them be more successful.”

Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine are some of Mach 1’s notable clients, but Lambrecht believes his company’s performance solutions can apply to any line of business.

“A lot of what we teach translates anywhere,” he said. “There’s always a place for good leadership and communication and teamwork.”

Sidewalk conversation

Planning Commission discusses Industrial Avenue’s impact on pedestrians

Oct. 20, 2011

By Luke Baynes

Observer staff

The Williston Planning Commission met Tuesday with members of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) and Stantec Consulting Services to discuss the possibility of building a sidewalk or multi-use path on Industrial Avenue.

Currently, a stretch of concrete sidewalk on the north side of Industrial Ave. begins at the intersection of Vermont 2A and ends just beyond Avenue D. The proposed path or sidewalk would provide connectivity from the existing walkway to Williston Rd. (U.S. 2).

Stantec is in the process of drafting a scoping report that will finalize the project purpose and needs, and develop and evaluate alternatives. The funding for the report will be split, with 80 percent coming from federal funds obtained by CCRPC and the remaining 20 percent divided between the town and CCTA — which is operates the bus stop at the corner of Industrial Ave. and Williston Rd.

“CCTA really got the ball started (on this project),” said CCRPC transportation planner Christine Forde. “Williston has been interested in this corridor for a while, but I think CCTA’s interest came when the Department of Children and Families moved into the White Cap building (located on Industrial Avenue). It highlighted a deficiency. There’s not a way for pedestrians to get from the bus stop to (White Cap Business Park).”

The question of whether to build a concrete sidewalk or an asphalt multi-use path took center stage at the meeting, with the pros and cons of each option discussed at length.

“Please, do not make it concrete. It’s more expensive and less practical,” said Commission member Kevin Batson. “(Asphalt) allows for various modes of transportation. Runners tend to avoid concrete.”

Town planner Ken Belliveau agreed that an asphalt path would benefit the town — citing the popularity of the multi-use path on Mountain View Road — but questioned whether there is enough room on Industrial Ave. for a similar project.

“There may not be enough right-of-way for a multi-use path,” Belliveau said.

He added that, in some cases, narrower traffic lanes could increase pedestrian space. But he cautioned that such a measure would increase the overall cost of the project and might not be feasible due to the road’s high amount of truck traffic.

Approximately 8,800 vehicles travel on Industrial Ave. daily.

Whether to build a path or sidewalk on just one or both sides of the road was also left open for future discussion, although the initial consensus was that a single pedestrian facility in the short term would be more practical.

The Industrial Ave.-Williston Rd. intersection is currently being reviewed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation for potential improvements. However, that plan focuses on safety and traffic flow, and is separate from the sidewalk discussion.

Belliveau stressed that the current proposal will not supplant plans to develop and improve the surrounding areas, noting that Williston Rd. is also incomplete in its sidewalk coverage.

“This (project) is not taking the place of a look at the whole functioning of the Industrial Ave. corridor,” Belliveau said. “In the long run, it’s very possible that if a sidewalk is built as a result of this, it could at some point be improved beyond whatever happens now.”

Nutritionist offers food for thought

Esther Palmer’s talk links eating habits with student behavior

Oct. 20, 2011

By Steven Frank

Observer staff

During the question and answer period that followed nutritionist and occupational therapist Esther Palmer’s presentation on how food impacts learning and behavior in children, held at Williston Central School Tuesday evening, fifth-grader Bia Mele raised her hand.

“My mom, who is a great mom, makes broccoli for me all the time and I love it,” she said. “I think, maybe, that kids aren’t used to eating healthy … Once you start eating unhealthy, it’s tough to break it.”

Bia’s philosophy impressed Palmer and reinforced the evening’s theme. Palmer, a Williston resident who holds an educational certification in whole foods nutrition from Bauman College, switched to whole foods (those that are non-processed without added ingredients) in 2000. A mother of three, Palmer offers whole food cooking classes and camps for children.

On Tuesday, she spoke to an audience of approximately 20 people about the importance of healthy eating — particularly whole foods — in terms of educational performance and student behavior.

“Our brains developed before processed foods came into being,” Palmer said. “We changed the food system, but our bodies don’t evolve as quickly. That’s why we see obesity, hypertension and diabetes.”

During the presentation, which ran for approximately 90 minutes and was sponsored by the school’s Families as Partners organization, Palmer showed a short video on how food changed the dynamics at Appleton (Wisc.) Central Alternative High School in 1997. One Friday, students had soda and candy machines at their disposal. The following Monday, the machines were gone and replaced with water coolers and fresh vegetables in the cafeteria. Members of the school administration attested that instances of violence and other behavioral issues dramatically decreased following the switchover.

“This can happen anywhere,” Palmer said. “Williston has made steps in this direction and there are still more to take.”

Palmer, who urged the crowd to “get back to nature,” spoke about omega-3 — a fatty acid she said children need more of to enhance the development of a brain that requires a large amount of fat. Some of the sources of omega-3 she suggested include seeds, nuts, flax and coldwater fish.

“Some of the behaviors associated with ADD (attention deficit disorder) can be helped by more omega-3,” Palmer claimed.

Palmer also emphasized the importance of fresh fruit buying organic whenever possible because imported produce can be heavily contaminated with pesticides. The items she singled out as having a large amount of pesticides include blueberries and apples.

Palmer said foods with other chemicals, such as food dyes and preservatives, should also be avoided. She cited a study that claims there are currently 45 million different chemicals in foods consumed by humans.

“There are allergic reactions to chemicals, resulting in hyperactivity and behavior issues,” said Palmer, who added that it’s more important to look at an item’s list of ingredients than nutritional information.

One drawback to switching over to whole and organic foods is price. With healthy items typically costing more than unhealthy ones, drastic changes aren’t always feasible.

“I think the key thing is to figure out how much of a priority you can make in feeding your children healthier,” Palmer said. “It’s about making steps here and there, and working on cutting down processed food.”



Healthy Meal Tips

Some of Esther Palmer’s suggestions for breakfast, lunch and snacks include the following.



– Oatmeal with handful nuts or seeds, milk, cinnamon, fresh or frozen berries.

– Cold cereal (low sugar varieties) with milk, sprinkled with wheat germ, chai seeds and banana and fresh orange or grapefruit.

– Plain yogurt sweetened with maple syrup, fresh or frozen/thawed berries, wheat germ, ground flax seed and sprinkled with granola.

– Whole grain bread with nut butter and banana, fresh or dried fruits or unsweetened coconut. Serve with citrus or berries.

– Free range egg on toast or in whole grain tortilla with slice of cheese, and salsa.  Serve with green pepper or red pepper.



– Tuna fish made with canola oil, red onion, celery, pepper and stuffed in pita pocket.  Add sprouts or lettuce/leftover salad. Serve with cut up veggies and dip.

– Tortilla chips with bean dip and guacamole, fresh salad with cheese and dressing.  Finish with dates, plain or stuffed with a nut.

– Leftover soup served with cheesy bread and veggies.

– Burritos with salsa and salad with dressing.  Serve with fruit (kiwi, raspberries, orange wedges) and an ounce of dark chocolate.



– Popcorn made with olive oil and butter, sprinkled with nutritional yeast, sesame seeds (optional, and really good toasted first), spice (dill is really good as well as Mexican spice) and sea salt. Serve with veggies and dip.

– Whole grain bread with mix 50/50 olive oil/canola oil with garlic or spices, for dipping. Serve with fresh fruit or vegetables.

– Let kids make a granola mix with rolled oats, seeds/nuts (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds), dried fruits, touch of canola oil and maple syrup.  Should be sticky but not wet.  Will need a spoon!