May 27, 2018

State championship for Mini Metro

The Mini Metro champion team includes (back row, from left) Head Coach Tim Cockayne, Briggs Boardman, Alex Bond, Walker Storey, Josh Bliss, Harry Mead, Asst. Coach Bill Storey, (front row, from left) Tommy Carey, George Davis, Marc Hoeppner, Colin Monsey, Elliot Cockayne, Matt Spear and Asst. Coach Matt Bliss. (Observer courtesy photo)

The Mini Metro champion team includes (back row, from left) Head Coach Tim Cockayne, Briggs Boardman, Alex Bond, Walker Storey, Josh Bliss, Harry Mead, Asst. Coach Bill Storey, (front row, from left) Tommy Carey, George Davis, Marc Hoeppner, Colin Monsey, Elliot Cockayne, Matt Spear and Asst. Coach Matt Bliss. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Matt Bliss

Special to the Observer

The seventh and eighth grade boys Mini Metro basketball team—made up of Champlain Valley Union High School district players from Williston, Hinesburg, Charlotte and Shelburne—clinched the state championship on Feb. 10.

The 9-4 team won its first tournament game against Fair Haven 46-37 on Feb. 3.

On Feb.10, CVU faced tough U-32, but controlled the game from start to finish, bringing the team to a 40-28 win.

CVU took to the court again for the championship game against Essex—a team that had lost only one game during the regular season, to CVU. CVU played a tough man-to-man defense that held Essex to only 11 points in the first half, with CVU leading by 10 points at half time. Essex made a strong comeback in the fourth quarter, coming to within two points in the final minute. After a defensive stop and rebound by CVU, Essex committed a foul with four seconds left, which essentially ended the game with a score of 34-32.

CVU’s pressure defense in both games helped guide them to the victory. Walker Storey, a key contributor to the team during the regular season, was unable to play during the playoffs due to a broken finger.

Playoff position at stake as CVU ice six close campaign

The 11-3-3 Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team skated into Wednesday’s vital game against 7-8-2 Spaulding High in Barre on a mission to capture three wins in the three final games of the season and snag a top seed for the looming Division 1 playoffs. The game was after the Observer’s press deadline.

After the Spaulding battle, coach Mike Murray’s rambling Redhawks (three straight wins) meet 15-2 South Burlington High at Cairns Arena late Saturday
(6 p.m.) before closing out the regular season Tuesday with a home tilt with 12-4-1 North Country Union.

CVU’s latest win came in a Saturday trip to Stowe with a 9-0 easing past the Raiders. The Keelans—Patrick with two goals and an assist and Ryan with a goal and two assists—led the attack, which also got a pair of scores from Brendan Gannon.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks went to Rutland and pushed the Red Raiders (now 10-5-2) backwards in the race for playoff seedings with a 5-2 victory. It was balance time for the CVU offense as the tallies came from five sticks: those of Gannon, Ryan Keelan, Hoyt McCuin, Elliott Mitchell and Kaleb Godbout, who also posted two assists. CVU goalie Greg Talbert made 26 stops.

—Mal Boright, Observer


Sports Roundup


While the Champlain Valley Union High Nordic ski team looks ahead to the Vermont Interscholastic Championship events Thursday and Tuesday at Craftsbury, some 16 team members have been selected for New England Nordic Ski Association championship competition in March.

As for the state championships, Thursday will be the skate and Tuesday the classic. The top eight CVU boys and top eight girls are entered in the events.

First of the New England title goes will be the J-2 Championships at Plymouth, N. H. March 8 through 10. Each New England state (Connecticut and Rhode Island excepted) sends its top 20 junior skiers, ages 14-15.

Boys representing CVU are Forrest Hamilton, Cooper Willsey, Charlie Maitland, Peter Unger and Jonathan Buzzell.

Girls are Rachel Slimovitch, Alison Spasyk and Kate Burke.

On March 15-17, the association’s high school championships will be staged at Presque Isle, Me. The top 24 Vermont high school racers will include, from CVU boys, Hamilton and Willsey, Emmett Peterson, Sean Delaney, Parker Francis and Thomas Clayton.

Competing CVU girls are Taylor Spillane, Autumn Eastman, Cally Braun and Emma Hamilton.



If it is mid-to-late February, it must be state gymnastics championship time, and that means defending champion Essex High and usual runner-up Champlain Valley Union High to the floor mat and apparatus.

For several winters now, gymnastics teams from the two rivals have taken the top two slots in the championship meets, with Essex in front. Last year, the Hornets won by but a sliver over the Redhawks.

This year’s championships are set for Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. at the Essex High gymnasium.

The Hornets and Redhawks warmed up for the annual competition a week ago Wednesday with Essex, at home, capturing a narrow 134.05 to 133.15 victory.

CVU’s Megen Nick took all-around with firsts on the bars and balance beam plus a second on the vault. Teammate Sarah Kinsley was third on the bars.

Essex was led by Karyn Svarczkopf, who was second in all-around. She also posted seconds on the bars and floor exercise.

Each team will be missing a performer due to school vacation travel.



The Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team has its final two regular season games at Cairns Arena as it meets South Burlington-Mount Mansfield Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. ( a change in starting time) and Colchester High Wednesday night.

The Redhawks were at Spaulding High in Barre Wednesday, after the Observer’s press deadline.

Prior to that trip, the Redhawks hustled to Hartford High Saturday to suffer a 6-1 nudging by the Hurricanes and fell to 0-14-1.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent


CVU Sports Schedule

Boys Basketball

Thursday: at North Country Union, 6:30 p.m.

End Regular Season


Girls Basketball

Friday: ESSEX HIGH, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: at Rice Memorial, 7 p.m.



Saturday: State Championship Meet at Essex


Boys Hockey

Saturday: SOUTH BURLINGTON HIGH, 5:25 p.m.

Tuesday: NORTH COUNTRY UNION, 7:25 p.m.


Girls Hockey

Saturday: SOUTH BURLINGTON HIGH, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: COLCHESTER HIGH, 7:35 p.m.


Alpine Skiing

Monday and Tuesday: NVAC Districts at Lincoln Peak


Nordic Skiing

Thursday: State Meet at Craftsbury (Skate)

Tuesday: State meet at Prospect Mt. (Classic)



Friday and Saturday: State Championships at Vergennes



Schedules subject to change


By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

One year ago, I was feverishly planning for a spring sabbatical to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Delighted as I am to be back in Vermont, my mind wanders back to those cobbled streets and cozy cafés. I invite you to take a stroll with me.

Edinburgh offered adventures, sprinkled—and sometimes doused—with wind-driven rain. The Scots told us ours was an unusually cold, wet and rainy spring. We arrived in March and left in May. I wore gloves every day. My winter jacket was never too far away.

My husband and I took time from our workaday lives to learn, reflect, volunteer and connect. Enchanting Scottish landscapes and a rich history invited exploration. Volunteering enhanced my sense of purpose. A writing class yielded a “draft with potential”; it’s hiding out on my computer’s hard drive.

We hiked more miles than I can count, exploring the North Sea’s Fife Coastal Walk, the Penthills and the snowy Lothian Mountains. Each jaunt concluded at a pub for a pint or pot of tea.

A trek in the Scottish Highlands forced my husband and me to stare down bitter, biting, wind-driven rain for 12 of our 35 miles along the Great Glen Way. We befriended and commiserated with equally wet and muddy fellow walkers from England and Sweden. We encountered an elaborate fairy forest—really—tucked among majestic conifers.

Sharing a communal kitchen in a hostel in the tiny town of South Laggan, I befriended Mark, recently retired school principal from England. We compared notes on pressures placed on schools to raise standardized test scores. Mark’s school was in a less affluent district and many of his students arrived at school too stressed to be able to focus on learning. I made a mental note, as I’m sure this is true for some of our kids whose potential is distracted by issues at home.

We were picked up, mid-hike, by a Scottish Forestry Service crew. A “tree-felling operation” rendered part of the trail unsafe. We were ferried through the danger zone past stacks of enormous spruce trees.

Edinburgh has a population of 500,000. Vibrant cultural activity bursts forth among the stone edifices. From film to theater to music to art to history, it’s all there.

The Filmhouse and Cameo Theaters offered foreign, independent and classic films on the big screen. I viewed more foreign films in eight weeks than I do in a typical year in Vermont. I know, I know…there’s Netflix. I prefer theaters and appreciate the communal aspect of going to the cinema. We saw Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece, “The Seventh Seal,” in a packed screening, part of a festival honoring the Swedish filmmaker. These theaters host in-house cafés, providing places to catch a light meal or sip a local brew while discussing a film.

Edinburgh’s theater scene is vivid, diverse and very much alive. The city is known for robust—and sometimes bleeding-edge—drama.

Traverse Theater proved our favorite theatrical venue. Why? It focused on contemporary and experimental theater. We attended inexpensive performances and staged readings of new works. We even got to participate—alternating in roles as activists and noisy English Parliamentarians—in a new play based on the Occupy London protests.

Did I mention that most of the museums are free? If you want to understand the history of Scotland, beginning with its geological formation and following a timeline spanning industrial and cultural developments, the Scottish National Museum is the way to go. I studied Pictish—a pre-Christian tribe—death slabs with ornate Celtic designs and learned about the 14th century Declaration of Abroath whereby Scottish leaders said they’d rather DIE than be subjected to English rule.

Edinburgh also hosts museums of art, architecture and social history. The People’s Story is an exceptional social history museum, focusing on the lives of everyday citizens. A walk through graveyards, some dating from the 1600s, reveals names of Scottish luminaries whose legacies are preserved in the intricately carved stones.

The cafes are too numerous to name. Let’s just say you can catch a steaming cup of breakfast tea and fruited scone with jam on nearly every street corner or tucked away alcove. The Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling famously penned much of “Harry Potter,” inspired me to bring my journal and write while sipping tea.

We spent time in used bookstores poring over titles familiar and not so familiar. On a particularly cold day, I perched near a coal-burning stove at the back of a shop, not wanting to leave. Blackwells on Nicholson Street and Waterstones on Princes Street offer new tomes and with plenty of shelf space dedicated to Scottish writers.

As I reflect, I am reminded that taking time is so important. Longer days and a bit more sun tell me it’s time to start planning another adventure. My backpack stands at the ready. What about yours?

Katherine Bielawa Stamper lives in Williston.  Reader comments are welcome at or


Library Notes

Youth News

Saturday Music with Raphael

Feb. 23, 11 a.m. Join us for a special weekend edition of music with Raphael and his guitar. Up to age 5 with a caregiver.

Balloon Twister Artist

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1-2:30 p.m. Watch a demonstration by balloon twister artist Debra Bishoff and take home a complimentary balloon creation. All ages.

Vacation Week Movie

Thursday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m. In the distant future, a small robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will decide the fate of mankind. Rated PG, 97 minutes. Grade 1 and up. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while in the library.

Russian Story Time

Saturday, March 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.

Toddler Time

Friday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, songs and rhymes that encourage early literacy skills. Theme: “Under the Sea.” Program includes a simple craft activity. For children ages 1-3.


Adult Programs

E-Books for Nook

Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Class covers downloading/accessing library e-books through Listen Up!Vermont and Project Gutenberg. For all types of Nook. Pre-registration required. One-on-one appointments are also available. Please call 878-4918 to register.

Shape and Share Life Stories

Monday, March 4 and 8 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.

Audubon Society Presentation

Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Naturalist Debby Berg shares her rare glimpse of the breeding season of albatrosses and other animals at the National Wildlife Refuge. Free and open to all.


New titles at the library

New Non-Fiction

In “The Things They Cannot Say,” award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks eleven soldiers and marines difficult questions like, “What is it like to kill? What is it like to be under fire? How do you know what’s right? What can you never forget?” By sharing the truth about their wars these men and women display a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics.

New Fiction

In “The Hot Country” by Robert Olen Butler, Christopher Marlowe Cobb (“Kit”), the swashbuckling early 20th century American newspaper war correspondent travels to Mexico in April and May of 1914, during that country’s civil war, the American invasion of Vera Cruz and the controversial presidency of Victoriano Huerta, El Chacal (The Jackal).

New on Audio CD

“The Haunting of Maddy Clare” by Simone St. James. Sent by a temp agency to assist a ghost hunter, Sarah Piper investigates Maddy Clare, the spirit of a 19 year old who haunts the barn where she committed suicide. Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, angry and has powers that defy all reason.

New Young Adult Fiction

Marissa Meyer’s “Cinder” is a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, and also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the center of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen—and a dangerous temptation.

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

Letters to the Editor

Fire Department appreciation

In response to Ginger Isham’s letter in the Jan. 31 issue (“Issues with our fire department”), I’d like to relay my recent experiences with our fire department. Last month, our complex had the need of the fire department’s services three times over one weekend.

The first incident was approximately 3:45 a.m. on a cold, snowy, blustery night. I would not even have known the firefighters had arrived, had it not been for my neighbor telephoning me to make me aware in the event we might need to evacuate. While the truck lights were on directly outside my bedroom window, there were no sirens used. I appreciate that the response was swift and fully staffed. I live in a multi-unit dwelling and had it been an actual fire, with the blowing winds the entire building could have burned while waiting for “backup” to arrive.

The next incident was two days later and a repeat of the first. Again, the fire department arrived promptly and quietly; this time it was a little later in the morning but the only noise was the rumble of the fire engine out front. The third incident involved not only fire but police response, at an hour they could certainly have used their sirens and again there were none. It is my experience the sirens are only used when necessary.

At the risk of stirring up a hornet’s nest, I am much happier with the value for my tax dollar of the fire department than our school test scores.

Every year, our school tax dollars increase as our community grows. It only seems to be common sense that the budget of our fire department also needs to increase. Public safety should certainly be as important as public education.

Jennifer Allard



Sick and tired of being sick

As an employee at Allen Brook School, I cannot tell you the number of times sick kids are at school (and shouldn’t be!) Please… if your child is sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or just doesn’t look good) please DON’T send them to school.

Ally Roberts



Co-teaching in Williston

A group of parents of students with special needs are concerned about the line item in the budget for a new co-teaching model at Williston Schools. We have several questions that we have asked the school district and would like to see discussed with the entire community. The school district is unable to hold a meeting before the budget vote so we are asking the community to consider thoughtfully: What will this model mean to all students (not just special needs students) in their classrooms? How will this change the delivery of education in each subject area? What are the strengths of this model and what are its weaknesses? How will the success of co-teaching be assessed in Williston, are we using any assessment tool besides the NECAPS? How will this affect students who need individual teaching time on IEPs or 504s? This method has been used in some schools to benefit students with special needs and improve inclusion—what is the training being provided to teachers and staff to ensure its success in Williston? Is cost savings a consideration in the proposed changes?

The school intends to publish some information about the co-teaching in this week’s issue of the School Bell.

Marla McQuiston



Voting ‘yes’ on Article 6

Regarding my recent letter of concerns about the proposed new Public Works building I would like to update my thoughts. I had the privilege of meeting with the Public Works Director Bruce Hoar and getting a tour of the existing buildings as well as some insight on how the road crew goes about its work. He showed me the current design concepts and discussed the potential new sites they are considering. The town has worked hard to revise the design, the location and substantial cost reduction of the new building and I’m pleased to say that they have addressed many issues I had. I can now fully support the new building and its proposed budget and I recommend you should also. While spending my hard earned dollars on more taxes is not easy I realistically cannot see the road crew working from their present spot any longer, there is barely room to walk around the equipment, spending more money there is a waste. I still nitpick a couple of design issues but will vote yes to Article 6 on the ballet and say thanks to the town for being sensitive to the tax payers.

John Marcotte


GUEST COLUMN: Maple Leaf Farm would be a good neighbor

By Bill Young

The Maple Leaf Farm proposal to open a substance abuse treatment program at the site of the former Pine Ridge School makes sense for many reasons. For Williston, it safeguards the open space that is an important part of town planning, as well as contributing a significant number of well-paying jobs with good benefits while renovating what is presently a large, deteriorating facility.

For men and women struggling with addiction and for all those whose lives or quality of life are affected by it, the program offers an opportunity to meet a significant need. Last year, Maple Leaf Farm had to turn away about 700 people asking for treatment due to lack of space. Wait lists regularly number well over 100 people per day. Nothing good happens when someone dependent on alcohol or other drugs takes the step of asking for help and can’t get it in a timely way. The proposed program will have a tremendous impact on unmet need. And since treatment does work, there will be a significant impact on the lives of those involved, on our Vermont communities and businesses and on local and state budgets.

Maple Leaf Farms operates one of the nation’s oldest such programs in Underhill and has helped an estimated 28,000 Vermonters to find recovery from addiction since its beginnings in 1956. The program provides an outstanding medical detoxification service and a well-respected residential treatment program. An intensive outpatient program and an after care group are offered in Burlington.

The proposal would provide improved services at the Williston site. We do not intend nor propose a medication assisted therapy program, such as is presently proposed in South Burlington. There have been some public comments to the effect that we do not have security. These are not accurate. Services, supervision and security will be provided, as they are in Underhill, by a well-trained and supported staff. We have found that hiring our own staff to provide safety and supervision is more effective than contracting for a “security service” that will be staffed by people who are not specifically trained in our area of work.

For those worried about addicts in treatment, it is a fact that no one has ever been convicted of a crime while in treatment at Maple Leaf Farm. While we all should be concerned about people around us who are actively abusing alcohol and other drugs, people in our program are there to stop. They generally hate the drugs that are ruining their lives and won’t tolerate such behavior in treatment. The program itself will be very well-supervised and is a rigorous, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week program.  Average length of stay is about 20 days, with about three to four patients arriving and departing each day. Patients either fully participate in and follow reasonable rules, or are asked to leave and come back when they are ready.

The admissions process involves careful consideration of all aspects of a person’s life, not just substance use. Those who are viewed as either unable to participate fully or have histories that preclude community-based treatment such as anger control or significant health problems more suited to hospital care are not admitted.

Traffic in and out of the program will be less during peak traffic hours than was the case with the Pine Ridge School. Most patients are brought to the program by family or friends. We provide transportation to public means of travel for those who need it. And outside activities such as medical appointments or AA meetings have group transportation provided, which also reduces individual trips. The campus will be closed to patient visitors without appointment or participation in a patient’s program.

Pine Ridge can provide up to 96 patient beds. Comments about plans to possibly expand to 137 beds at Pine Ridge are not accurate. That number refers to the possibility that we might reopen the 41-bed Underhill site in the future. It has nothing to do with the Williston campus.

We intend to operate a program in Williston that is a contributing member of the community and a good neighbor, as we do now. And every employee’s job description reflects that goal. We encourage any Williston resident or group who would like more information to participate in the planning process underway with the town. And I am willing to speak personally with any person or group who would like to talk in more detail about the proposed program. I can be reached at 899-2911, Ext. 206 or by email at

Bill Young is the executive director of Maple Leaf Farm.


CVU honor roll students

The following Williston and St. George students made the second quarter honor roll at Champlain Valley Union High School.

High Honors

Kyle W. Abrahams; Megan J. Ammon; Aliza C. Anderson; Isabelle M. Angstman; Kyla L. Antonioli; Renee L. Benoit; Sarah E. Bergkvist; Samara G. Bissonette; Nicholas R. Bouton; Liam H. Bowley; Olivia V. Brissette; Max H. Brown; Austin W. Burbank; Mari L. Caminiti; Joseph M. Castano; Delan S. Chen; Michael E. Chirgwin; Alec J. Collins; David J. Daly; Amanda V. Daniels; Matthew C. Decker; Josephine  DeVita; Brigitte N. Durieux; Kirsten D. Forrester; Megan R. Gannon; Caleb M. Geffken; Sarah E. Gelin; Gregory H. Goldman; Matthew R. Goldsborough; Theodore E. Hadley; Ju-I (Alan)  Huang; Chelsea R. Huber; Anna L. Johnson; Andrea A. Joseph; Kathleen M. Joseph; Alison R. Kahn; Jacob D. Kahn; Alexander D. Kaplan; Abigail C. Keim; Dani R. Klein; Joshua A. Klein; Joshua G. Klein; Kaelyn L. Kohlasch; Maya E. Kunigis; Sydney W. Lalancette; Thomas B. Lang; Shana R. Leonard; Olivia G. Loisel; Cunhao  Lu; Christopher T. Mallow; Ryan A. Martel; William R. McSalis; Lydia R. Moreman; Carly J. Neeld; Alyson J. O’Connell; Danielle E. Peters; Emily J. Pierson; Deagan C. Poland; Maureen V. Porter; Christopher J. Reiss; Mary M. Rutenbeck; Shea A. Savage; Lillian R. Schmoker; Ryan S. Schneiderman; Emily A. Scott; Samantha J. Shanks; Rachel E. Slimovitch; Rebecca J. Stancliffe; Loran T. Stearns; Louis J. St-Pierre; Thomas M. Weening; William J. Yakubik; Sean M. Yarolin

A/B Honors

Zachary M. Akey; Kustamakton Ali; Ryan J. Allen; Ferne E. Arsenault; Katherine J. Barland; Madeleine S. Barrett; Erika I. Barth; Kristin R. Bauer; Dillon G. Beliveau; Liam E. Beliveau; Erik J. Bergkvist; Alexandra M. Bernier; Richard M. Berry; Jackson A. Bisaccia; Erica M. Bouton; Kaitlin E. Bowen; Ryan P. Brogna; Austin T. Busch; Jenna M. Caminiti; Jack T. Carnahan; Zuhair A. Chaudhry; Joseph D. Chevalier; Alexandra L. Clapper; Kaitlin R. Clark; Duncan M. Clear; Jenna N. Clear; Lyndsey C. Clos; Arlo M. Cohen; Evan R. Cohen; William D. Colomb; Kelsey A. Craige; Matthew S. Daily; Jacqueline R. Davies; Arianna M. Davis; Jacob L. Dawson; Rebecca M. DeCamp; Julie M. Decker; Nikolas J. Delphia; Dustin R. Desany; Arika L. DesLauriers; Julienne  DeVita; Amelia W. Dodds; Forrest M. Dodds; Amanda Dominguez Munoz; Cameron L. Drake; Evangeline S. Dunphy; Emily M. Dykes; Scott D. Edwards; Evan R. Engisch; Hadley E. Erdman; Sara C. Erickson; Matthew D. Faris; Eli M. Favro; Carmen  Fisher-Olvera; Parker T. Francis; Brendan P. Gannon; Stephen B. Garcia; Samantha N. Gilliam; Kaleb M. Godbout; Taylor H. Goldsborough; Evan P. Grey; Mackenzie A. Gunn; Brianna P. Hake; Hunter R. Hake; Shane P. Haley; Laura A. Harris; Colton Heh; Peter G. Hibbeler; Daniel W. Higginbottom; Katelyn  Hodgkins; Matthew D. Howell; Michael B. Howell; Brittany A. Hoyt; Owen H. Hudson; Chandler R. Jacobson; Aleksey K. Jordick; William  Karstens; Brad L. Kennedy; Grace E. Kennedy; Joseph P. Kolk; Ryan H. Lackey; Jonathen E. LaDue; Kristyn L. LaFrance; Sarah D. LaRock; Michelle O. LaStrada; Quinn M. Ledak; Sarah C. Leister; Eliza E. Lemieux; Tara M. Lewis; Noah S. Lieberman; Corinne S. Loiseau; Sarah J. Long; Keller A. Longchamp; Samuel H. Longenbach; Izacco N. Lozon; Hope E. Luria; Kathryn C. Lyle; Megan  Mansfield; Patrick J. Mara; Tianna L. Marsh; Kevin P. Masse; Tucker W. Mathieson; Will J. McAllister; Ewan B. McNeil; Kaitlyn N. McSalis; Brooke K. Merchant; Morganne M. Meunier; Evan R. Michaels; Samuel L. Mikell; Amanda A. Milne; Eleanor B. Moody; Jacob T. Mount; Ryan A. Mount; Kimberly A. Murray; Sean R. Newell; Lily H. Nguyen; Phillip H. Nguyen; Rachel E. Nigh; Seamus T. Nolan; Alexandra E. Novak; Emily M. O’Brien; Cooper M. O’Connell; Kassidy J. O’Connell; Meghan E. O’Day; Mitchell A. Ogle; Max A. Palmer; Josiah R. Parker; Molly K. Parker; Maria M. Pasley; Hannah B. Peach; Dustin R. Peters; Emmett B. Peterson; Christopher J. Petrillo; Tyler M. Pillsbury; Marta P. Plociennik; Phoebe C. Quayle; Mikaela C. Rath; Ethan R. Reid; Elizabeth I. Resi; Gabriella D. Ribeiro; Stephanie L. Riley; Kaitlin G. Robert; Steven T. Robert; Isabelle G. Rose; Samuel G. Rose; Alannah P. Roy; Peter C. Roy; Jacob A. Russo; Sierra N. Saia; Craig R. Sampson; Jacquelyn A. Samuelsen; Leah A. Sargent; Jordan S. Selwah; Colin M. Senesac; Katie L. Sevene; Sylvie M. Shanks; Patrick W. Sheedy; Tanner D. Smith; Alison M. Spasyk; Catherine S. Spitzer; Aleksandra R. Stamper; Chloe A. Trifilio; Niles E. Trigg; Katrina R. Ulanov; Jacob E. Veronneau; Christian R. Vien;

Paige A. Watson; Kellie L. Weening; Anthea S. Weiss; Cale C. Whitcomb; Dane L. Whitcomb; Aidan D. White; Kevin O. Wilkinson


Burlington Tech Honor Roll

The following Champlain Valley High School students earned an A- or better in their Burlington Technical Center programs for the second quarter:

Alexandra Clapper; Kiernan Fitzgerald; Sarah Gerry; Austin LaBerge; Clarke Shedd

Around Town

Watson reaches 500

Williston Central School student Tommy Watson trained his 500th person in hands-only CPR last week at the Boston Go Red For Women Luncheon—Deirdre Lincoln, a heart attack survivor.

Watson, now a freshman at Champlain Valley Union High School, worked to promote hands-only CPR for his eighth grade challenge at Williston Central School. Aside from teaching the method to 500 people, Watson worked to support a bill, passed in May, which gives every Vermont student the opportunity to learn CPR.


Groups address erosion at Lake Iroquois

Two groups are working on a project to stop erosion at the Lake Iroquois public beach.

The Lake Iroquois Recreation District (LIRD) and the Lake Iroquois Association (LIA) were recently awarded an Ecosystem Restoration Program grant through the Agency of Natural Resources to stop gullying on the Lake Iroquois public beach and the resulting erosion of sediments into the lake. The two groups will use the $7,000 grant to develop an ecological landscape design to reduce erosion while enhancing aesthetics through bio-retention basins or rain gardens and other landscaping practices.

Rainstorms frequently send gushing water across the Lake Iroquois parking lot and beach, pushing road gravel and sand into the lake and carving deep trenches and costing the town time and money to fix.

Aside from making the beach less attractive and safe, the erosion adds phosphorus to the lake and adversely impacts aquatic habitat. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources lists Lake Iroquois as the third-worst lake in Vermont for phosphorous levels.

The LIA is a non-profit organization whose focus is to maintain and enhance healthy ecosystems and appropriate public uses of Lake Iroquois. It attempts to identify the source of any pollutants that may be introduced into the lake and take action to mitigate the problem.

LIA and LIRD are now defining the scope of the project and searching for an engineer/designer. The groups plan to have a designer hired in March, a current site plan by May, two public meetings in June and July and a final design defined in September. The public meetings will give residents an opportunity to discuss, ask questions and provide input for consideration during the design process.

Interested businesses can find the Request For Quotation document on the Williston website,

For more information about the project, visit