January 23, 2019

CVU hockey girls home against Burr and Burton Saturday

Champlain Valley Union High School’s girls hockey captain Sylvie Shanks makes a play during Saturday’s game against Mount Mansfield Union-South Burlington High. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section. (Observer courtesy photo by Deb Beckett)

Champlain Valley Union High School’s girls hockey captain Sylvie Shanks makes a play during Saturday’s game against Mount Mansfield Union-South Burlington High. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section. (Observer courtesy photo by Deb Beckett)

Coach Ben Psaros’ Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team hopes to tame the pack of Bulldogs coming to Cairns Arena Saturday afternoon (2:15).

The Redhawks and Burr and Burton played to a 1-all deadlock last month in Manchester. Thus, the 0-8-1 CVU team has hopes of breaking into the win column this time around.

But first, there was a home session with once-beaten Spaulding High of Barre late Wednesday afternoon, after the Observer’s press deadline.

Last Saturday, the Hawks bowed to Mount Mansfield-South Burlington High 9-1, with Eva Dunphy scoring the lone CVU goal.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent


Rematches next for boys hockey

The 7-2-1 Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team heads into the second half and rematch part of the season this week by traveling to Middlebury Union on Saturday, then retuning to home Cairns Arena on Wednesday to tangle once more with tough 6-2-1 Essex High.

The Redhawks topped Middlebury 3-1 earlier this season at Cairns. They got nipped 2-1 by the Hornets at Essex two weeks ago, but have won all three outings since.

Coach Mike Murray’s Hawks are coming off Saturday’s 7-0 win over Rice Memorial, which featured offensive contributions from a solid number of skaters.

Twice lighting the red lamp in the contest were Ryan Keelan and Elliott Mitchell. Cam Rivard, Kirk Fontana and Jake Garrett each notched single goals.

Alex Bulla paced the scoring helpers with three assists. Will Bernicke and Rivard each garnered two assists and Keelan had one.

Goalie Greg Talbert picked up the goose egg by making nine saves.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent


Wrestlers at Colchester Saturday, back home Tuesday

With four top-five finishes in the regionally prestigious Michael J. Baker Classic at Essex High over the weekend, the Champlain Valley Union High wrestling team will be at the Colchester High Invitational on Saturday and then home Tuesday grappling with Mount Mansfield Union, Mount Abraham Union and Harwood Union.

The Redhawks fell just a point short of deadlocking host Essex High and Mount Mansfield for top Vermont teams in the 35-school Classic. Essex and Mount Mansfield had 88 points, with CVU at 87.

Marshwood, Me. won the event, with teams from the Pine Tree State and

New York grabbing the top seven team places.

Connor Brown led CVU with a runner-up finish in the 160-pound class.

Other top Redhawks included Liam Bowley (third), Grant Poston (fourth) and Alex Craige (fifth).

—Mal Boright,
Observer corresondent


RECIPE CORNER: Recipes for the Super Bowl

By Ginger Isham


The first Super Bowl game was played 46 years ago on Jan. 15, 1967 to determine which champion, the AFL team or the NFL team, was really number one. I am one woman who would prefer to be in the kitchen that day rather than in front of the television.


Beer, Kielbasa, sauerkraut hoagies

1 can of beer (12 ounces, use your favorite brand)

1 cup brown sugar (I use 3/4 cup)

2 cans sauerkraut (15 ounces each, drained, I give it a quick rinse)

3 pounds of Kielbasa


Combine the beer and brown sugar in small saucepan and heat until sugar melts, stir and cook for 1 minute. Place links of Kielbasa in a crockpot and top with sauerkraut. Pour beer mix over all. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours and low for 3 hours. I cooked it in less time, approximately 2 hours on high and 2 hours on low. When ready, put a Kielbasa link on a hoagie roll or roll of your choice, top with sauerkraut and mustard. Delicious!


New Orleans-style grilled shrimp

1 1/2 pounds of shrimp (I use cooked shrimp)

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 medium garlic cloves, minced

Pinch of salt

3/4 stick of butter (I use 5 tablespoons rather than 6 )

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons black pepper or less

4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon lemon juice (can add more to taste)


If using fresh shrimp, take scissors and snip the front and back of shell. If grilling outside, shell keeps shrimp from becoming tough. Toss shrimp with oil, garlic and pinch of salt, and marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes in a Ziploc bag. Melt butter, chili powder, pepper and Worcestershire sauce and pinch of salt in saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Add lemon juice.

Thread shrimp onto wooden skewers. Grill 3-4 minutes turning once. Or, place under oven broiler and cook 6 minutes in all. Push off skewers and place in a bowl and toss with butter sauce.

Serve with bread for sopping up the sauce.

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


A&E: Vermont 50 Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO set for Saturday

The 18th annual Vermont 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO is set for Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Baby Boomers, seniors and all ages are invited to enjoy a day of fun and learning featuring: more than 80 interactive exhibits; 12 seminars and workshops including Dr. Stuart Offer on age-erasing superfoods, former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin on “The New Feminist Agenda,” international elder abuse expert Lillian Jeter on combating and preventing elder abuse, and Feng Shui consultant Lydia Solini; fashion show featuring F.H. Clothing Company of Quechee; giveaways including a trip for two.

The event also features performances and music including: Lyric Theatre Company performing songs from Broadway musicals old and new including tunes from Lyric’s productions of “RENT” and “Oliver”; afternoon dance party with DJ Charlie Rice; live music featuring Nashville singer/songwriter Toni Catlin with Brett Hughes, as well as an exclusive engagement with members of the Amida Bourbon Project.

EXPO attendees can take part in hula hoop and Zumba fitness demos, a silent auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association-VT, art workshops, free coffee tasting and more.

Tickets are $5 at the door, $4 in advance. Advance tickets can be ordered by phone, by visiting the University Mall Customer Service Desk or online at www.vermontmaturity.com/expo.

For more information, visit www.vermontmaturity.com/expo, call (802)-872-9000 x18, or email vermontmaturity@aol.com

Library Notes

Thank you to all who have donated materials and programs to the library from our Giving Tree. If you haven’t had a chance to make a donation yet, Giving Tree will be coming down at the end of January. Your extra support is appreciated.


Youth News

Balloon Art

Have you noticed the balloon animals decorating our youth area? We would like to thank Debra Bishoff for donating her time and talents. Her balloons have brought a lot of smiles to kids at the library!

Reading with Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs

Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Bring a book and read to a dog. All dogs registered with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. All ages. Call 878-4918 to pre-register for 10-minute individual sessions.

After School Movie

Friday, Jan. 25, 3 p.m. Join us for a tap-dancing penguin adventure! Rated PG, 100 min. Grade 1 and up. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while in the library.

Kitty Cubbies: Cat House Decorating Project

Thursday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m. Presented by Ericka Canales from Long Trail Veterinary Center.  Decorate a playhouse for your own cat, or make one to donate to the animal hospital or to shelter cats at the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Ages 5-16. Supplies provided. Please call the Veterinary Center at 876-7333 to register. Program will be held at the library. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Toddler Yoga and Stories

Four-week series. Fridays (Feb. 1-22), 10:15 a.m. Simple yoga and books for children ages 1-5. Presented by Karen Allen. Pre-register at 878-4918.

Russian Story Time

Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. Children listen to stories, sing songs and find new friends. Non-Russian speakers are welcome. Includes a puppet show and a craft activity. For children up to age 6.

February Story Series!

Children up to age 5 are invited to join us at the library for a special series featuring guest readers:

Owl Story Time with Kristen Littlefield: Tuesday, February 5, 11 am.

Musical Stories with Deb Roderer: Tuesday, February 12, 11 am.

Firefighter Story Time with Williston Fire Department: Tuesday, February 19, 11 am.


Adult Programs 

Eat Well, Age Well

Jan. 26, 10 -11:15 a.m. Find out more about 3SquaresVT services for seniors and make appointments for one-on-one application assistance.

Shape and Share Life Stories

Monday, Jan. 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Prompts trigger real life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narratives and shared with the group. Led by Recille Hamrell. Free and open to all adults.

E-Books for Kindle

Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Class covers basic Kindle setup and downloading/accessing library e-books through Listen Up Vermont and Project Gutenberg. For all types of Kindles. Contact the Dorothy Alling Library to register.

iPad, Kindle, Nook, oh my!

Can’t attend the class? The Dorothy Alling Library is now taking appointments for help with your new e-device. Stop in or call for more details.

Lincoln: Bicentennial of His Birth 

Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Abraham Lincoln would have turned 200 in 2009. Celebrate with an in-depth look at the man behind the president in two celebrated biographies and Lincoln’s own words. Vermont Humanities Reading and Discussion Series led by John Turner. Session 2: “The Portable Lincoln,” by Andrew Delbanco. Contact library to register.

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918. www.williston.lib.vt.us




Lorraine Laura Blow, 84, of Williston, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at her home. She was born in South Burlington on Jan. 13, 1929, the daughter of the late George and Celinda (Latulippe) Heath. On June 20, 1946, she was married to Jerry J. Blow Jr., who predeceased her in 2000. After raising four children, Lorraine worked 29 years for South Burlington High School. Lorraine loved to travel, play Bingo and, most importantly, spend time with her family. She enjoyed life to the fullest. Lorraine is survived by her four children, Sharon Bruce and husband, Joe, of St. George, Jerry Blow III and friend, Denise, Linda Babcock and husband, William, and Brian Blow and wife, Jennifer, all of Williston; 12 grandchildren, Glen, Christopher, Heather, Angel, Lani, Mariah, Amy, William III, Melissa, Shannon, Savanah, and Skyler; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Theresa McKenny of Winter Haven, Fla., and Martha Mazza of Colchester; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Lonnie Blow, and brothers, George Heath Jr., Donald Heath, and Gary Heath. Lorraine’s family extends special thanks to Maureen and Dr. Dittus. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. in St. John Vianney Church, with burial following in Resurrection Park Cemetery. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association or Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446.


Mark Anthony Durkan of Cincinnati, Ohio, died on Oct. 21, 2012. He was born Jan. 18, 1967 in Worcester, Mass., the son of Mary Carney Durkan and the late Anthony Durkan, brother of the late Sean William Durkan, survived by his beloved dog, Sueno, and family and friends from around the globe. He is a graduate of Doherty High, University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Optician School in Worcester. Mark started working part time at Lenscrafters in Massachusetts while going to college to become an optician. He quickly moved up through the ranks. Mark found his passion in the Gift of Sight program. It is there where Mark was instrumental in developing and creating the charitable foundation that helped the world to see. Mark initially traveled across the country with the Vision Van and ultimately traveled the globe helping people who needed him most. Mark gave his time, talent and treasure to those in need. His passion for family, friends and giving will live on within the hearts of all those who loved him. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Williston.

LITTLE DETAILS: The voice of safety

By Katherine Bielawa Stamper


Laili disguised herself as a boy to attend school. Cutting her hair and donning pants was the price paid to study the math, science and literature the Taliban would have denied her. That was 13 years ago, one year before the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. The Taliban have been displaced. Afghanistan remains politically unstable. Where is Laili today, I wonder?

Malala is a 15-year-old Pakistani student and activist. She is the daughter of the poet and educator Ziauddin Yousafzai. Malala began writing a blog in 2009 detailing the impact of Taliban encroachment into the Swat Valley where her family resided. Public executions became commonplace. Television was banned. The Taliban issued a decree banning education for girls. Although the ban was eventually lifted, she continued her activism, seeking parity among girls and boys.

Malala was shot by a Taliban fighter on Oct. 9 in Mingora while returning home from school. Transported to England to receive life-saving medical treatment, she remains there where she continues rehabilitation and prepares for cranial reconstructive surgery. Has Malala been silenced?

Badri Nath Singh mourns his daughter, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was beaten and gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi, India in December. She succumbed to her injuries.

Singh left his small village of Medawara Kalan, intentionally moving his family to New Delhi, where he felt his children would have more opportunity. Singh is employed as a baggage handler at Indira Gandhi International Airport. He worked double shifts and sold his family’s ancestral lands to pay for his daughter’s education. Singh’s daughter—whose name, as a rape victim, was withheld—wanted to become a doctor, but settled on physiotherapy to ease the family’s financial burden. Her teenaged brothers also had dreams of pursuing university studies. She planned to help pay for her siblings’ educations once she began earning a salary. Her dream was crushed by a brutish gang of men who brutalized her without mercy.

What do Laila, Malala and Singh’s daughter have in common? In my view, they’ve all experienced the devastating effects of misogyny.

Misogyny is not a pretty word. Misogyny is defined as the hatred of or dislike of women and girls. Misogyny may take the form of violence against, the objectification of, harassment of, denigration of or discrimination against women.

I didn’t learn the word until college. The concept never entered the conversation at my family’s dinner table, at church or in my high school classrooms. My teenaged girlfriends and I never talked about it. Once I learned the definition, I immediately wondered why a similar word didn’t exist for males. What does that say about us as a species?

Much of my career has been spent working or volunteering with women who were survivors of domestic violence or victims of sexual harassment. It can be difficult to witness the physical and emotional fallout. Herculean efforts are required to exorcise the demons of abuse.

We do discuss difficult issues at our dinner table. The world is a wonderful and welcoming place, a place our children should be encouraged to venture out into and explore. It is also a place for which they should be armed—with information and awareness—to pursue their explorations with a measure of guardedness. Sadly, this is especially true for our daughters.

We must trust ourselves to listen to “that little voice inside.”  It is, after all, the voice of safety.


Bearak, Barry. “Afghanistan Girls Fight to Read and Write.” New York Times, 3 March 2000

Timmons, Heather, and Hari Kumar. “For India Rape Victim’s Family, Many Layers of Loss.” New York Times. 12 January 2013


Katherine Bielawa Stamper lives in Williston.  Reader comments are welcome at Editor@willistonobserver.com or LittleDetailsCol@yahoo.com


Letters to the Editor

Consider facility cost and location

I support the concept of the proposed Williston Public Works building; however, I question a few details. First, the cost. Williston seems to often be of the opinion that we must have the best of everything, such as the large fire and police stations. A building for the storage of trucks and related road maintenance equipment is just a large garage. Such a building can be quite cost effectively built as a steel framed and sheathed structure. It will need some human amenities for the hard working crews, but not in excess. It will need to be partially heated, though I imagine a lot of cold storage will suffice. Also a building of this style can be easily expanded over time as needs and budgets allow, therefore no over building for the future is required.

Second, the location on the edge of town. Though much better than its current spot, why not choose a more central location for ease of access to all corners of town, especially in winter plowing? Most gravel roads requiring grader work are at the other end of town. Choose a spot on an existing road so a new road does not need to be built, saving upfront and long-term maintenance cost. Why delete the IBM location from taxable property when it may have good potential for development? I believe the town owns some acreage by the fire station which was part of the farm originally there, what about that as an option? Can the Observer publish some basic plans to show the basics of the new building and scope of the new road? Yes, I support the concept of a new public works facility, but only if it respects the cost to taxpayers and is economically priced and logically sited.

John Marcotte



Response to carpooling letter

While I respect and encourage the voice of the younger generation (especially as a member myself), I find Mr. Peterson’s letter on green parking at CVU to be ignorant, naïve and judgmental.

I graduated from CVU five years ago and know how diverse the economic backgrounds of the students are. Not every family can afford to send their child to school in what it appears Mr. Peterson would deem as an appropriate ride. I drove both “a gas guzzling SUV” and “an old sedan with poor fuel economy” when I was in my later years at CVU because that’s what my family had for me to drive. I was lucky to have anything: many students do not have this privilege, and if they do are limited to what their families are willing to let them drive, which are usually older vehicles.

Even if a student has the economic means to purchase his own car, most high school budgets hardly allow for “green” vehicles, with the average cost being anywhere between $23,000 to over $50,000. I certainly did not have that back then: I’m not even sure if I could comfortably afford that now as a college grad. Carpooling is excellent, but not everyone has a neighbor or parent(s) with an “environmentally-friendly” car to use at their discretion.

There is also an element of logic that is missing here: just because your car is an older model or an SUV does not automatically mean poor gas mileage. A good driver with an older car can get much better mpg than a lead-footed driver with a brand new one. Let’s not assume how one drives based on what they drive.

The issue here is not the idea: it’s the assumptions and judgments made about those the idea affects.

Abbie Senesac



Carpooling thoughts

Consider the last two times you drove in a car. Were you riding with another person? How fuel-efficient was the vehicle? How far did you go?

Often, the answers to these questions can be discouraging. The average vehicle occupancy of cars in Vermont is only 1.08 persons per car, traveling an average of 46 minutes per day. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average fuel efficiency of U.S. cars sold in 2012 is 23.8 miles per gallon.

As a student of Champlain Valley Union High School, I’m keenly aware of this issue. Around 400 juniors and seniors drive themselves to school each morning and drive home at the end of the day in relatively inefficient cars, and carpooling is surprisingly scarce.

Changing one’s driving habits is a relatively easy way to avoid unnecessary fill-ups. Simply organizing with someone and carpooling can not only protect the environment, but also save money. In order to encourage more efficient driving habits, I am attempting to implement several hybrid/electric vehicle parking spaces in the CVU parking lot. Similar spaces have already been implemented in parking lots of many businesses and universities throughout the country.

In addition to being seen as an environmentally friendly campus, hybrid/EV parking spaces would encourage CVU students to be more conscientious of their driving habits. I urge you to contact the school with your support.

Niles Trigg



LEDs for Williston businesses

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are a highly efficient and cost-effective alternative to compact fluorescent lights. They can save up to 75 percent on energy bills and last several times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs. LEDs are highly directional, meaning they emit light only in the direction they are pointed. This reduces light pollution, making them a great choice for exterior lighting. In addition, they are highly sensitive to controls and work well with timers and motion sensors.

2013 is an ideal time for businesses in Williston to upgrade their lighting. Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, building owners and tenants can offset the cost of interior and exterior lighting upgrades by up to 60 cents per square foot. This deduction expires at the end of 2013. Efficiency Vermont also offers several rebates for businesses switching to both interior and exterior LED fixtures. All rebates mandate that the products used be Energy Star certified, which ensures that all fixtures will be high quality. Overall, LEDs are the best lighting option available for Williston businesses.

Laura Harris



Ridesharing can cut emissions

Each day, hundreds of students and faculty members of CVU drive their own individual vehicles to CVU. This is a waste of both energy and money spent in gas. If each student at CVU carpooled with one other person to school, that would cut the amount of CO2 emissions in half. If CVU designed a rideshare service for the students and faculty of the school, it would save money in gas, put less cars on the road every morning (less traffic), and would also promote energy efficiency at CVU. Go Vermont is a state run organization that deals with transportation in the state. Carpooling is one of the services that the organization covers. By partnering with Zimride (a nationwide carpooling database that matches drivers with other people in their area), Go Vermont matches a driver with carpoolers in the area in order to set up a rideshare. We would like to bring this carpooling service to CVU for the use of students and faculty. Getting involved is quite simple. Right now, we just ask that any student or faculty member of CVU take the online survey (posted on the CVU website) so that we know that we have interest in the idea. We will then let respondents know more information once the rideshare program is put in place.

Zach Marshall



More on ridesharing

More than 90 percent of people in Vermont drive to work by themselves every day. With transportation being the biggest factor in Vermont’s carbon footprint, it is time for a viable solution. Just a few weeks ago, an organization called Go Vermont partnered with Zimride to bring a ridesharing solution to the entire state of Vermont. Vermont is the first state to have a statewide ridesharing program through Zimride. The service lets you check if anyone needs a ride nearby or if you need one, you can check the drivers that are headed your way. It also has a very useful feature which allows you to set a schedule of when you need and/or can give rides. It allows carpooling to be “cool” again and that is what is needed to reduce Vermont’s carbon footprint. With more than 4,000 users already, the site is growing quickly. You too can jump in on this great opportunity—whether you are headed to Church Street or New York City there is always a chance that someone else will be heading that way. You can also choose how much you would like people to pay for your ride. A local high school has opted into becoming a subgroup of Go Vermont. By offering incentives to the students, CVU hopes to reduce its carbon emissions by getting its student body to carpool. Take advantage of this excellent technology and be part of a nationwide movement! Head over to connectingcommuters.org for more info.

Zuhair Chaudhry 


Tax tips for small businesses

By Jeanne A. Hulit 

As you settle down after the busy holiday season, you will soon face another season…tax season! As a small business owner, you need to understand how taxes are going to affect you and your business. It is important that you file properly, avoid audits, and claim the right tax deductions.

Here are a few tips that may ease the burden of tax preparation and to help you get ready for the April 15, 2013 deadline.

Keep Good Records

Proper record keeping year-round is the first step to ensuring your taxes are filed accurately and that you have the paperwork you need to back up your deduction claims should you be audited.

Understand Your Deductions

What small business deductions can you take? Do you have the documentation and original receipts to back them up? Tax credits and deductions change each year.

Utilize the Small Business Jobs Act Tax Provisions

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 signed into law by President Obama has more than 17 tax provisions decreasing the tax burdens for small businesses—several of these provisions can be taken advantage of during this year’s tax season. Utilizing these provisions will provide great savings for your business.

Remember the tax credits within the Affordable Care Act

These tax credits will allow small businesses to cover up to 35 percent of the premiums a small business pays to cover its workers. In 2014, the rate will increase to 50 percent.

Avoid Common Audit Traps

It is very important to be aware of potential red flags and act on them before the IRS does.

Classifying employees as independent contractors. Independent contractors and employees are not the same, and it’s important to understand the difference. In the eyes of the IRS, misclassification can be seen as an attempt to avoid payroll taxes, and non-compliance can bring penalties and back taxes.

Home office deduction. This deduction is very specific and not all home-based businesses will qualify. Likewise, if you run your business from a commercial location and claim the home office deduction, you might trigger some interest from the IRS. Know how to determine if you are eligible to claim it, and what specific expenses you can write off.

Large sum miscellaneous deductions. If you claim a large amount of itemized deductions relative to your income, the IRS will get suspicious. Likewise, if you bucket a large amount of miscellaneous expenses, you may raise eyebrows. Be specific and label every deduction.

Keep Business and Personal Expenses Separate

The IRS scrutinizes personal expenses that may have been claimed as a business expense, such as the use of a business vehicle for personal use. Be diligent about keeping good records. Maintain a separate bank and credit card account for your business.

For additional information on these tax tips and current year tax deductions, visit the SBA Small Business Tax Guide at www.sba.gov or contact the IRS www.irs.gov.


Jeanne A. Hulit is the associate administrator for capital access and acting New England regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.