July 19, 2019

PHOTOS: S.D. Ireland Legion baseball

Courtesy photos by Kris Benevento

The S.D. Ireland Legion baseball team wrapped up its season with a 7-8 league mark.

PHOTOS: Williston 9-10 all-stars win state championship

Courtesy photos

The Williston 9-10 all-star team won the state championship on July 24, beating St. Albans 12-2. This is the first state championship win in 12 years.

PHOTOS: CVU Sports Camp

Observer photos by Shane Bufano

Students participated in the annual summer sports camps at CVU.

PHOTOS: Allen Brook

Observer photos by Luke Baynes

Town officials led a tour of the Allen Brook watershed on July 24, pointing out measures the town has taken to improve the brook, which has been on the state’s 303(d) list of impaired waters since 1998.




Joyce Ruth Lewis Carlson, 88, of Williston, died peacefully on Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington, after an extended illness. She was born in Port Henry, N.Y., July 31, 1923, the daughter of Clyde and Marion (Spaulding) Lewis. She married Charles “Bud” Carlson on June 23, 1945. He predeceased her on Dec. 13, 1970. She leaves her daughter, Mary and husband, Ron Richer, of Colchester; son, Kris and partner, Sandy Marcotte, of Williston; son, Paul and wife, Janet, of Williston; son, Eric and partner, Deb, of St. Albans; and daughter, Lori and fiance, Bill Arango, of South Burlington. She loved and was proud of her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, Chuck Richer and wife, Charlotte, of Parker, Colo.; Jeffrey Richer and wife, Sadie, and their children, Cecelia and Lucas, of West Berlin; Erica Houghton and husband, Eric, and their children, Ella and Riley, of Milton; Heather Holycross and her children, Kevin, Ava, Isabel and Alexander, of St. Johnsbury; and Eric Marcotte and wife, Sherry of Kentucky. Joyce is also survived by her brother, Charles Lewis and wife, Renee; sister-in-law, Barbara Carlson; brother-in-law, Michael Brennan; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Joyce’s family would like to thank Dr. Menzies and the wonderful staff in the Chittenden and Mansfield Units at Starr Farm Nursing Center for the love and exceptional care they gave her during her stay. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 39 Main Street, Essex Junction, with a reception immediately following the service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, Burlington. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joyce’s name can be made to the Heavenly Food Pantry at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, where she spent many hours helping those in need, or to the Noyana Singers, c/o VNA, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.


Dian F. Elliott passed away peacefully July 15, 2012, at the Vermont Respite House, following a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born in New York, N.Y., May 18, 1941, to Elizabeth B. Jaques and Bruce I. Elliott. Dian found the most joy being surrounded by her family, especially spending time with her nieces and nephews, and fishing with her longtime partner, Bill. Dian retired from Ben & Jerry’s Homemade. Dian is survived by her beloved partner of more 28 years, Bill Hodge of Colchester; siblings, Joyce C. Lansdown of Cape Coral, Fla., Janet E. Doyle and husband, James Doyle, of St. George, Bruce R. Elliott of Williston, Ronald P. Elliott and wife, Maureen Elliott, of Hereford, Ariz., Peter B. Elliott and wife, Diana Elliott, of Alpharetta, Ga., Carol R. Montrone and husband, James Montrone, of Rutland, and Terry Farr and husband, Chuck Farr, of Richmond; nieces and nephews, Cathleen Wilson, Elizabeth Battle, James Doyle, Karen Freire, David Elliott, Elliot Montrone, Sara Montrone, Jamie Montrone, Ashley Farr, Todd Farr, and Kelly Farr; great-nieces and nephews, Brandon Wilson, Allyssa Doyle, Chelsea Doyle, Jamie Doyle, Holden Kinsey, Pandora Friere, Grace Elliott, Aislynn Farr, Alexis Farr, Phoebe Farr, and Finnegan Farr. Additionally, Dian is survived by her close childhood friend, Carol Young. The family would like to thank the excellent care Dian received from her partner, Bill Hodge, and the caregivers of the VNA and the Vermont Respite House. At the families request there will be a private family service and no visiting hours. Donations may be made in Dian’s honor to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston VT 05495.


Elizabeth B. Carroll, 80, died peacefully, with courage, grace and dignity, at home on July 7, 2012. Born in Burlington, Vt., she earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 1952 and was a member of the Mortar Board Society. She attended Columbia University and earned her Master of Arts at McGill University in 1960 and later a Ph.D (ABD) from McGill University. She served with the United States Navy from November of 1952 until May of 1955. She taught Latin at Essex Junction High School; English Literature at Trinity College in Burlington, Vt.; and was an Inspector with the Office of the Inspector General – U.S. Department of Justice, based in Washington, D.C. She had formerly lived in Takoma Park, Md. and Williston, Vt. Her greatest accomplishment, in fact her true legacy, is her book, Imlich’s Tale, A Woeful Buffeting at the Hand of Fate, or Accident, or Error, published in 2011. She was a member of the Friendly Guild and Congregation of the West Dennis Community Church. She is survived by Ian M. Carroll (son) of Hartford, Conn.; Gweneth C. Farrell (daughter) of Uxbridge, Mass.; R. Alexander Farrell (grandson) and Acadia L. Farrell (granddaughter) of Uxbridge, Mass.; Robert J. Farrell (son-in-law) of Uxbridge, Mass. and William S. Burnett (Brother) of Albany, N.Y. She also leaves her beloved Collie, Rollo. Memorial Services to be held Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Dennis Community Church, 288 Main Street (Rt. 28), West Dennis, Mass. Burial will be in Williston, next to her Mother, Harriet S. Burnett. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: VNA of Cape Cod-Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite D3, South Dennis, MA 02660.

Everyday Gourmet: Simple summer sweets

By Kim Dannies

This is your moment to let summer’s bounty of gorgeous ingredients do the work while you take the bows (or lie in the hammock with a gin & tonic). Red ripe tomatoes studded with sea salt; grilled zucchini, eggplant and onions glistening in olive oil and rosemary; local salad greens; cold cubed watermelon– easy food that’s fast to the table and kind to the waistline. This leaves plenty of room to enjoy a quotidian summer sweet. A bite of fresh berry crumble or lemon tart is the essence of summer in every spoonful.

Summer Cottage Crumble

My mom whipped up this gem up at the lake last week—it is so yummy!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an 8-inch glass pie plate combine: 3 chopped Pa. peaches; 1 cup blueberries; 12 pitted cherries; 1 teaspoon cornstarch; 2 T sugar; and the zest of one lemon. Melt 2 T of butter and combine with 1 cup commercial granola mix, 1 T flour and a pinch of cinnamon. Sprinkle granola mixture over the fruit. Bake 25 minutes or until it bubbles. Top with vanilla ice cream.

Almond Tart Crust

Spray 9-inch tart pan with nonstick spray. In a food processor, combine: 1 cup flour; one-half cup sliced almonds; one-fourth cup sugar; and one-fourth teaspoon kosher salt. Add 6 T of unsalted butter, cubed and cold; add 1 teaspoon almond extract, then pulse to blend. Dribble in 3-5 T of ice water until dough forms. Pack dough into a sheet of plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out dough, place in pan, trim, and freeze for 20 minutes. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Pucker-up Lemon Curd

Whisk together in a saucepan: 3 whole eggs; 3 egg yolks; 1 cup sugar; three-fourths cup fresh lemon juice; 2 T lemon zest; a pinch of salt; 6 T unsalted butter, cubed. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until filling thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Pour into pre-baked crust and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool tart for 30 minutes. Load up the cooled tart with fresh berries and peaches; top with whipped cream or mascarpone.


Kim Dannies is a graduate of La Varenne Cooking School in France.  She lives in Williston with her husband, Jeff; they have three twenty-something daughters who come and go. For archived Everyday Gourmet columns go to kimdannies.com.

S.D. Ireland Legion team finishes season with 7-8 league mark

Team photo of S.D. Ireland Legion baseball team who wrapped up their season with a 7-8 league mark. (Courtesy photos by Kris Benevento)

By Mal Boright 

Observer correspondent

In a campaign best described as “up and down,” the S. D. Ireland American Legion baseball team ended its season on Monday, watching from its Champlain Valley Union High dugout while a late afternoon storm washed out its already once-postponed season finale against the visiting Orleans-Essex-Caledonia (County) Kings.

A joint decision was made not to bring back the Kings for a makeup later in the week, since both teams failed to make the state tournament starting Thursday at Castleton State College.

Representing the North are the top-seeded Colchester Cannons, Essex, Addison County and South Burlington. The 7-8 (in league play) Irelands last faint chance at making it into the tournament went awry Saturday with a 12-8 loss at South Burlington.

The Clover Boys bounced back Sunday with a 13-4 bopping of the Kings in Newport, but the big dance partners were already set.

Coach Jim Neidlinger’s charges opened the final week of action at 5-7 and needing to win out while getting some help from others.

At their home CVU field Thursday, the Irelands laid a 19-9 smack on visiting Burlington.

In a 20-hit rap fest, leadoff swatter Will Conroy socked a triple and two singles to drive in two runs, Curt Echo and Rayne Supple lashed three hits each with Echo connecting for a double, Ryan Machavern crunched a double and two-run single and Larry Halvorson smashed a three-run homer when the Irelands unloaded a 13-run fourth inning.

The twins, Ben and Josh St. Clair, also punched the white sphere. Ben St. Clair clocked three singles and drove in three runs, and Josh St. Clair collected a two-bagger. As a result, the duo could be known as the Bruise Brothers.

Drew Nick pitched the first four innings and whiffed 11 with a cracking, moving fast ball. However, Ireland fielding miscues—six of them—and Charlie Boardman’s three-run homer in the fourth had Neidlinger call in Conroy and Curvin’ Calvin Benevento to finish.

Fielding woes, a season-long problem, came back to haunt the Irelands in Saturday’s contest at South Burlington, a team the Clovers had to handle to keep tournament hopes alive.

Down 2-0 and 4-2, the Irelands responded with five runs in the top of the sixth and another in the seventh for an 8-4 advantage. But the Irelands made three of their eight errors in the bottom of the eighth as South Burlington added five hits, two walks and a hit batter for eight unearned runs and the crucial victory.

In fairness, the hard infield produced more tricky and bad hops than a visitor to a frog pond would see in a week.

The Ireland bats were productive, with Conroy smashing a single and triple to drive in three runs, Josh St. Clair bopped a two-run double, Dillon Ritchie cranked an RBI double while Nick and Davis Mikell each rapped two hits.

Mikell worked the first five innings, allowing four runs, two of them earned, just four hits and striking out nine. He had a high (105) pitch count. Dylan Ireland and Supple worked the final frames.

Sunday at Newport, Conroy went all muscle with a homer and triple and three runs chased home. Mikell, Supple and Austin Purinton smashed three hits each. Kyle Stanley earned the pitching win with five innings of goose egg hurling.

Sports Roundup

Four CVU girls on lax all-stars teams

Four members of the 2012 Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team are on the coaches’ Division 1 all-star teams.

Brenna Gorman was named to the first team, while Kate Raszka drew a second team slot. Goalie Mikaela Gobeille and Abby Owens are honorable mentions.

Ex-CVU stars aid Vt. soccer team

Boys and girls Vermont all-star soccer teams of graduated seniors scored victories in the annual Lions Twin State Soccer Cups games on Saturday at Rindge, N.H. with help from former Champlain Valley Union High players.

Playing at Franklin Pierce College, the Vermont girls took a 2-1 win when CVU’s Sara Lewis directed a through ball to Colchester High’s Lauren Bernard, who broke away and scored to snap a 1-1 tie with just under 13 minutes left in the game.

Sienna Searles of CVU was also on the Vermont team, which won its tenth game in the series to go with 16 defeats and four ties.

In the boys game, CVU’s Todd Forrester assisted on U-32’s Jack Shea as he nailed the lone tally of the game with two minutes left in a 1-0 triumph for the Green Mountain State.

CVU’s Chad Bateman and Ben Comai were also in the contest for Vermont.

New Hampshire still leads the series 17-13-8.

Williston all-stars take state championship

The Williston 9-10 all-stars celebrate after their state championship victory. (Courtesy photo by David Herskowitz)

By Matt Rushford

Observer correspondent

Williston’s 9- and 10-year-old little league all-stars won the state championship on Tuesday night, defeating St. Albans in a mercy rule-shortened game, 12-2.  The game continued play that started the previous evening, but was suspended after three innings due to severe thunderstorms.

In that first half on Monday, pitcher Griffin McDermott allowed two runs in the first inning, but settled down and retired the side in the second with three consecutive strikeouts. Offensively, Williston opened strong with three hits in the first inning, but only managed to score one run until the third. Powered by hits from Ben Herskowitz, Baker Angstman, Aidan Johnson and McDermott, they added four more to their tally to leave the score 5-2 when play was suspended.

Play resumed Tuesday night under relatively clear skies. Williston opened the game in the top of the fourth with Ryan Eaton drawing a walk and Angstman driving a two-run double down the left field line. McDermott added another double in the same spot to bring in more runners, and Williston extended the lead to 10-2.

Williston ace Storm Rushford took the mound, retiring the side with two strikeouts and a shallow pop-up to the infield. The mercy rule was secured by none other than Owen McDermott, the reserve outfielder who had yet to score a hit in the tournament. With bases loaded, he blasted a hard single that drove in two runs.

Rushford needed only nine pitches to close out the game for Williston, fanning the last two batters with blistering fastballs and securing Williston’s first 9-10 state championship in 12 years and only its second ever.

“This team combines great pitching, powerful and disciplined hitting, and excellent fielding,” said Team Manager Paul Angstman. “They are also a hard working, focused group that bring along a helpful and dedicated group of parents.”

On Friday, Williston defeated Bennington 28-7 in a four-inning game, and on Saturday walloped St. Albans 16-0 in a four-inning game.

The boys in blue now advance to the Eastern Regional Tournament in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Places I’ve Played: Tippy the kleptomaniac

Woo-Woo the varsity dog

By Bill Skiff

The dog days of summer will soon be upon us. In 1978, the dog days took on a whole different meaning. I know as our family was one of the victims.

One morning, on Butternut Road in Williston, we find a small dog looking bewildered at an empty spot on her family porch. She begins singing, “Where oh where has my dog dish gone, where oh where can it be?”

Down the road we find powerful Poo humming this same song. Poo is a frustrated retriever whose mouth is currently filled with a can of tennis balls. He dreams of the day when tennis cans would grow wings and feathers so his retrieving activities can feel more natural.

On the other end of the road lives Sadie and the Rebel. Sadie was a mild-mannered collie who took the daily disappearance of her dog dish with the grace and eloquence of an Elizabethan queen. Rebel, however, was a different story. He was a rugged mongrel whose head could barely be seen above the ditch he produced over the years by running back and forth in the same spot.

Then there is Woo-Woo, our small Texas born terrier, who adjusted to the rigors of New England life with all the energy and spirit of a Dallas cheerleader. She was a three-varsity-letter canine who played soccer in the fall, caught snowflakes in the winter, and chased frogs in the spring.

For weeks, neighbors had been frustrated by the morning disappearance of their dog dishes. No one could find them. Soon, the problem was referred to as, “the morning mutt mystery.”

The culprit turned out be Tippy, a large shepherd. He lived alone in a house up on the hill. Over the years, he had taken on many of the characteristics of his owner: friendly, well versed in the geography of the area, traveled a lot, was semi-retired and losing his hair.

But Tippy was unhappy. He felt rejected by the other dogs. So he stole. Yes, he stole dog dishes. He took them off neighborhood porches and carried them home. He stole not because he was hungry, but because he craved canine companionship.

Tippy’s dish-content was a problem for residents on Butternut. Every morning they could be seen trying to find new dishes for their dogs. Although Tippy’s owners made daily afternoon rounds replacing the stolen dishes, the morning problem remained. Most neighbors know you by your car, but Tippys’ owners knew you by your dog dish.

Finally, with the help of a veterinarian social worker, Tippy’s dish-content was solved. Neighbors began to include Tippy in their daily dog walks—and he was given special attention when he showed up on porches eyeing dog dishes.

It was rumored that one neighbor nailed their dog dish to the porch floor.

Note: During the next few weeks I will be taking a break from my column. I plan to enjoy the summer, gather new material and travel. I am looking forward to returning in the fall to continue sharing my thoughts on growing up in Vermont. Thanks so much for your comments and helpful ideas.

Bill Skiff grew up on a farm between Cambridge and Jeffersonville. After a career in education, he now lives in Williston, where he is a justice of the peace and Fourth of July frog-jumping official. In “Places I’ve Played,” he shares his experiences of growing up in Vermont. Comments are welcome at vtcowcal@yahoo.com.