May 23, 2019

Academic Honors

McCormick inducted into honorary society

Williston resident Elena McCormick was selected for membership in the St. Lawrence University chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honorary society. McCormick, a Champlain Valley Union High School graduate, is a member of the Class of 2013 at St. Lawrence and is majoring in neuroscience.

To be eligible for membership, students must have an overall average of at least 3.3, a psychology average of at least 3.4 (based on a minimum of four psychology courses completed at St. Lawrence), and be in the top 35 percent of their class.


Students named to deans’ lists

The following students were named to their college or university deans’ lists.

Benjamin Adams, Syracuse University

Kelsey Caminiti, Syracuse University

Stashu Polewacyk, Berklee College of Music

Anna Lee Ring, Syracuse University

Caelin C. Weiss, Colby College

Education Briefs

Williston student competes in spelling bee

Williston Central School student Natalie Durieux was among 43 students across Vermont to compete in the Vermont State Individual Spelling Bee on March 13 at St. Michael’s College.

Elementary and middle school students under the age of 16 were eligible to participate in this competition.

Durieux qualified for the state meet after winning Williston Central School’s SCRIPPS spelling qualifying test in February.


Student wins essay contest

Williston resident and Williston Central School student Jackson Guernsey took top honors among 10- to 13-year-olds in “The Road Not Taken” essay contest, held in conjunction with the Vermont Flower Show earlier this month.

A total of 66 essays were submitted by students from throughout the state.

Youths, ages 6 to 18, were invited to describe a personal road not chosen and where it might lead or end in a 250-word essay. Entries were judged on uniqueness, creativity, use of descriptive language and passion for the topic.


Applications accepted for student awards

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award, given to one Vermont student in grades 3 through 6 who has distinguished himself or herself in academics, leadership or the arts.

The winner will receive a prize from The Vermont Council for Gifted Education and free admission to a future On the Road Enrichment program.

Application packets—which require an essay and letter of recommendation—may be requested from Alice Maurer at Completed applications must be postmarked by March 31. The winner will be announced in April 15.

Around Town

Kindergarten Registration

Williston residents with children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, can attend Allen Brook School’s kindergarten registration, held April 2, 3 and 4 at the school. Parents can go to the school’s website,, and click on the link to chose an appointment time, or call 879-5806.


New Williston Alzheimer’s support group

A new group to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will begin meeting at 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter in Williston. For more information, call 272-3900 or visit


Williston Fire Department pancake breakfast March 24

The Williston Fire Department will hold its annual community pancake breakfast on March 24, serving pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, fruit and beverages from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Residents can meet members of the Williston Fire Department and support Williston’s Emergency Services. The breakfast is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 2-12. Parking is available along Talcott Road and at Allen Brook School.


Dog licenses due April 1 

Dogs in Williston and across the state must be registered and licensed by April 1. Licenses are good for one year.

Not only is registering and licensing dogs required by state statute, it helps locate lost dogs and reunite them with owners, as well as providing rabies information that can be critical in case of a dog bite. Tags also assist the Williston Police Department, which handles animal control problems. Money from dog licenses helps fund garbage cans and pet waste bags along the town’s recreation paths.


Remove bird feeders to avoid tempting bears

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging people to take down their bird feeders to avoid attracting bears that are emerging from their winter dens and looking for food.

“It is best to remove food sources before hungry bears locate them,” said Fish & Wildlife’s Col. David LeCours in a press release. “We highly recommend taking down bird feeders and not feeding birds until December 1.”

LeCours also advised residents not to leave pet food outside, wash down grills and secure garbage containers.

“And above all, never purposely leave food out for bears,” LeCours said. “Feeding bears may seem kind, but it is almost a sure death sentence for them. Help keep bears wild. We care about these bears as much as anyone. Having to destroy one that has become a threat to human safety is not a pleasant experience, and we know that moving them to another location doesn’t change their behavior. They continue to seek food near people because they have learned that it works.”

Vermont law prohibits a person from killing a bear that has been attracted to any artificial bait or food such as birdseed. The fine for doing so can be as high as $1,000.

Upgrades underway at library

Building Energy workers have begun a two-month project to fix the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library roof and improve its insulation and energy efficiency. (Observer courtesy photo)

Building Energy workers have begun a two-month project to fix the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library roof and improve its insulation and energy efficiency. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

The departure of winter this year should mark the end of roof leaks, high fuel bills and frozen toilets at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

Work to fix the deteriorating library roof and improve insulation and energy efficiency began earlier this month, after voters approved a $200,000 bond in 2012.

When temperatures dipped this winter, library staff had to contend with hot water shortages, cold indoor temperatures and frozen bathrooms. In one case, Librarian Marti Fiske said, all three bathrooms were frozen at once, and one of the toilets didn’t thaw out for two days. Ice dams in the roof caused leaks, and the shingles were in poor condition, she said.

Bryan Bergeron of Williston-based Building Energy, which is handling the project, estimated that the library will save $2,500 annually in heating costs. The estimate is based on current fuel prices and what he called a conservative formula from Efficiency Vermont.

“The bigger aspect is (the repairs are) creating longevity for the building itself,” he said. “It’s extending the life of the building.”

Bergeron added that the upgrades will reduce the library’s carbon footprint by 20,500 pounds per year—roughly the equivalent of taking two cars off the roads for a year.

“They’re making a great investment in the future of the town for everyone,” Bergeron said.

On Monday, a cluster of workers perched on the library’s roof, nailing down new shingles and blowing insulation into the attic.

Workers are currently tackling the section of roof by the children’s collection. Library staff have pulled out some of the books, and can access the rest of the collection by request, Fiske said.

After work is completed in the children’s section, workers will move to the adult section and over the circulation desk, which will be temporarily moved to one of the library’s window nooks.

Fiske said the library will be a little chilly and parking will be somewhat affected during the two-month project, but there shouldn’t be any major disruptions for library patrons. Fiske and Bergeron expect work to be wrapped up by mid- to late May.

“Bear with us, it’s going to be totally worth it,” Fiske said.

An artist with a floral flair

Pierrette Roy created a silk arrangement for local business Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry. (Observer photo by Jayson Argento)

Pierrette Roy created a silk arrangement for local business Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry. (Observer photo by Jayson Argento)

By Phyl Newbeck

Observer correspondent

Visitors to Taft Farms Senior Living in Williston will always know what holiday is coming up. That’s because long-time resident Pierrette Roy creates floral arrangements for the lobby, hallways and dining area out of real and silk flowers reflecting the seasons. The building is currently filled with leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and other St. Patrick’s Day motifs, courtesy of the 89-year-old artist.

Roy was 2 years old when she first fell in love with flowers. Five years later, a neighbor invited her to make an arrangement from the flowers in her garden. Her first attempt failed when she took off all the leaves, but she quickly acquired a knack for the art. Roy moved to Vermont in 1951 and worked at three different flower shops. These days, she doesn’t charge for her work, preferring to donate arrangements to friends and charitable institutions. Her offerings include a life-sized flower mannequin for the Shelburne Museum’s Lilac Festival, arrangements for the Tea Tent at the Flynn’s Garden Tour and flowers for the lobby of St. Michael’s Playhouse. The last is clearly a labor of love, since the theater lover has missed precious few of the Playhouse’s openings.

In addition to decorating her place of residence and donating to nonprofit organizations, Roy helps out the people she cares about. She became friends with Jayson Argento after taking an acting class with him, and when he and his wife opened Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry just up the road from her, Roy decided to help them decorate. The result is a silk floral arrangement resembling an oversized wedding bouquet, which Argento happily displays at the store’s front desk.

Argento admitted that before receiving the arrangement, he and his wife had not been fans of fake flowers.

“The bouquet completely changed our perception,” he said. “Now we realize the arranger is more important than the materials. Customers frequently comment on how beautiful the arrangement is.”

Lately, creating her works of art hasn’t been easy. Roy had a stroke in June of 2012, which renders one arm useless and requires her to use a walker. She worried she wouldn’t be able to continue with her art, but if others are willing to hold a vase in place, she has no problem doing the arrangements with her good hand. Recently, she recovered some movement in her fingers and hopes she may be able to regain full use of her arm.

One positive side effect of the stroke is that Roy has begun writing poetry.

“I wake up in the middle of the night,” she said “and think of something rhyming and next thing you know I’m up and writing it all down. I’ve already written 70 poems. Sometimes things come to us at a late age.”

Although Roy is largely self-taught, in 2003 she began going to lectures and demonstrations called Art in Bloom at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. During the last week in April, garden designers create arrangements that match the museum’s artifacts; a technique Roy also used in her lobby, where one bouquet mimics the colors in the painting hanging behind it. Roy attends Art in Bloom almost every year and has taken workshops from Nancy Clarke, the former head floral designer for the White House, and Shane Connolly of Ireland, who did the flower arrangements for Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.

Roy has four storage rooms at Taft Farms. Most have plastic containers filled with raw materials, but one contains finished products which are cleaned, revised and revitalized for different occasions. A quick look in that locker is an exercise in picking out the seasons, with arrangements that are clearly designed for spring, summer, fall and winter. Roy loves working with real flowers, but is happy to work with silk when real flowers aren’t practical. Her work is so realistic that people often stop to sniff the silk flowers, assuming they are the real thing.

Roy’s stroke may have temporarily slowed her down, but she’s clearly bouncing back and hasn’t lost her creative spirit. At 89, she’s still going strong.

Pierrette Roy creates flower arrangements that reflect the seasons, like this design in the lobby of Taft Farms Senior Living, where she lives. (Observer photo by Phyl Newbeck)

Pierrette Roy creates flower arrangements that reflect the seasons, like this design in the lobby of Taft Farms Senior Living, where she lives. (Observer photo by Phyl Newbeck)

Board seeks resident input on new school budget

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

After voters narrowly rejected the Williston School District 2013-2014 budget on Town Meeting Day, the Williston School Board is hoping the community will tell it what went wrong.

A new configuration of the board—former chairwoman Holly Rouelle stepped down after seven years and resident Kevin Brochu joined the board—sat down March 13 to tackle the budget at its first meeting since the vote.

Hoping to take in as much community input as possible before it begins formulating a new budget, the board scheduled a community forum for March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Williston Central School.

On March 5, residents defeated the school district’s 2013-14 budget 602-629. The proposed $17.5 million budget was a 5.1 percent increase from the 2012-13 budget. The board struggled with a 4.18 percent increase in the baseline budget—the amount of money required to offer the same services as in the previous year—mainly due to increased health care costs and scheduled salary increases.

At the polls and at Town Meeting, several residents questioned the school’s 1-to-1 iPad initiative, a $95,500 line item in the budget. The initiative would have provided iPads for fifth and sixth grade students, and eventually all middle schoolers.

“I think the elephant in the room is that … enough of the portion of the community didn’t like the iPad initiative,” said Kevin Mara, the board’s new chairman, on March 13. “How much do we believe in the iPad initiative, and if we believe, what do we think we can do to convince the community that it’s worth their money?”

Mara also said he didn’t believe that 629 residents voted against the budget purely because of the iPad initiative.

Board member Giovanna Boggero agreed.

“I don’t think people are necessarily against it,” Boggero said. “I do believe people don’t understand it and I think we have an obligation to make it clear to them.”

“As a new board member and as a voter and fairly educated citizen, I didn’t really know or hear a whole lot about the iPad initiative,” Brochu said. He added that he was “surprised” when he heard about the cost, and while it didn’t sway his vote, he could see how it might tip the scales for a voter without children in the school system.

Although the board held several community forums and informational sessions regarding the budget, board members agreed they’d have to step up their efforts if they choose to stick with the iPad initiative.

“It’s church dinner and pancake breakfast time,” Mara said.

Board members said they did not pull the iPad out of the budget as a separate ballot item because they did not intend it to be funded as a bond and because the board wanted to build it into the program.

Mara noted that even if the board removed the iPads, it would amount to half a percent decrease in the budget.

“It’s not a fiscal changer, it’s a lightning rod issue,” he said.

Board member Josh Diamond said that the fact that the proposed budget is a 5.1 percent increase from last year’s budget compounds any residents’ issues with the iPad initiative.

Although he made clear he wasn’t advocating a drastic reduction, Diamond said he would like to see what the board would have to cut to hold the budget increase at the inflation rate of 3.5 percent.

If the board has to stand by an increase, he said, it should be able to tell the community exactly what the school system would be losing if the budget is further reduced.

“I feel confident that we can get a budget that we feel good about, that we support, that doesn’t harm our children and that we can pass,” Diamond said.

“We need to make tangible to people what we are giving away,” Boggero agreed. “When they understand the impact it will have on the quality of education they have, I think that’s going to be a wakeup call.”

After the board’s March 27 forum, it will meet again on April 2. The board discussed a tentative revote date of May 7, and plans to have at least one more community forum before the vote.

Schools have until July 1 to send an approved budget to the state.


iPads in the school budget

Williston School District’s proposed 1-to-1 iPad initiative would be funded by a $95,500 addition to the technology budget. The total cost of the initiative’s first year is $165,500, but $70,000 from the district’s current budget would be put toward the cost.

The expenditure would provide iPads to students in fifth and sixth grades, with the goal of eventually providing iPads to students in grades 5-8. In subsequent years, $95,500 would remain in the technology budget and be used to buy iPads for another grade level. Once all middle schoolers have an iPad, the money would go toward replacing units as they age.

Williston School Board Chair Kevin Mara said the cost estimates include money for teacher training. The school’s technology budget already includes funds for wireless Internet and software. The district does not intend to purchase data plans for the iPads, Mara said. Outside of school, students would use home or public networks to get online, though many of the programs the school hopes to use do not require Internet access, Mara said.

Students would be able to take the iPads home, but Mara said families would not be held responsible if a child breaks or loses an iPad. Families may be asked to pay an insurance premium—though he noted that the details have not been worked out yet.

The Williston School Board has not yet decided whether to keep or remove the initiative.


New Williston wind tunnel leads industry

SOH Wind Engineering owner Svend Ole Hansen (left) shows the 125-horsepower fan at the end of the Williston company’s wind tunnel to Gov. Peter Shumlin Monday. The fan can create winds up to 65 miles per hour. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

SOH Wind Engineering owner Svend Ole Hansen (left) shows the 125-horsepower fan at the end of the Williston company’s wind tunnel to Gov. Peter Shumlin Monday. The fan can create winds up to 65 miles per hour. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

A wind industry giant has begun blowing in Williston.

Monday marked the grand opening of the world’s largest calibration wind tunnels, housed in a nondescript industrial building on Leroy Road.

Massive fans at the end of two 125-foot long tunnels, 10 feet wide and 10 feet tall, mimic natural wind conditions, testing the effect of wind on large structures like bridges, buildings and offshore drilling platforms. The Williston wind tunnels also test the accuracy of wind sensors, known as anemometers, used to measure wind speed.

Hinesburg-based renewable energy company NRG Systems provides the bulk of the wind tunnels’ business, sending approximately 100 anemometers to be tested each day.

SOH Wind Engineering owner Svend Ole Hansen—a Denmark native who also owns wind engineering company Svend Ole Hansen ApS in Copenhagen—unveiled the wind tunnels Monday, leading visitors including Gov. Peter Shumlin on a tour of the facility.

Bigger is better when it comes to accurate calibration, Hansen said. SOH can build larger models on which to test the wind’s effects, and there is more space between the item being tested and the walls, meaning less interference. Most calibration wind tunnels in the industry are roughly 3 by 3 feet.

“The large size is very important in order to have an accurate reading,” Hansen said, standing next to an anemometer spinning lazily in the 5 mph breeze.

As Hansen led the tour into the adjacent wind tunnel, a seemingly small increase in wind speed to 15 mph revealed a steadily whirling anemometer—disheveling hair and sending ties flapping in the process.

“This is our first in Vermont, so it’s a big deal,” Shumlin said of the tunnel.

Aside from providing jobs and the opportunity to train students in cutting edge technology, the wind tunnels help address one of the “the biggest challenges we face as a state and as a species … climate change,” he said.

SOH decided on Williston because of its close working partnership with NRG Systems and its proximity to the University of Vermont, Hansen said.

Two mechanical engineering students from UVM are currently working at SOH. Aside from the students, five people are employed at the Williston facility, and the company expects to hire two to three more employees this year.

Before the Williston tunnels opened, NRG sent its anemometers to be calibrated in a lab in California and SOH’s sister company in Copenhagen.

When owners of the lab in California told NRG of its impending closure, NRG sent out a request for a facility that could take over the calibration work. Hansen decided to build a facility in Vermont, funded in part by a $150,000 grant under the Vermont Economic Growth Initiative.

Using the Williston facility will save NRG $600,000 to $700,000 annually, said NRG Purchasing Manager John Kerr.

Sending the technology over one town, rather than across the county or the Atlantic Ocean, also reduces NRG’s environmental impact, which NRG CEO John Norton said is part of the company’s mission.

“We’re very excited to be a part of this celebration,” Norton said at the grand opening Monday. “Svend is a recognized leader in wind energy.”

SOH Wind Engineering currently works with a total of four companies—though general manager Rob Stewart said demand increases by the week.

Currently, the wind tunnels run 18 hours a day during the week and 12 hours on the weekends. They calibrate approximately 100 anemometers per day. Each one must be tested individually, which takes about 20 minutes.

Stewart said the facility has the capacity to run 24 hours a day as demand increases.

It took SOH Wind Engineering approximately one year to turn on the wind in the first two tunnels. The company expects to complete two more wind tunnels next winter. The inner walls of the four tunnels will be removable, allowing for one massive wind tunnel.

“We’re very happy about the progress,” Hansen said.

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EVERYDAY GOURMET: What’s in a name?

 By Kim Dannies

Many cultures have wonderful names for things that we simply don’t enjoy in English. For example, my favorite Arabic word is “taraadin,” which implies a happy solution for everyone: I win, you win. The Spanish have the delightful “duende” which blends the thrill of passion, energy, and artistic excellence together. The German “korinthenkacker” literally means raisin-pooper; it’s their humorous moniker for a pencil-pushing control freak. While English shares the word “aware,” the Japanese use it to convey an appreciation of the ephemeral beauty of the world. “Aware” is that poignant sensation that time is passing and the cycle of life is inevitable, especially as the season changes.

I also love the Japanese word “okonomiyaki” (oh-ko-no-mi-yaki). Say that three times fast! These are crepe-style pancakes, studded with shrimp or chicken, and ribbons of scallion and cabbage. They are fun to say, fun to make and fun to eat. The name is derived from “okonomi” meaning “as you like it” and “yaki” which means grilled or cooked. Sometimes called Japanese pizza, the pancakes are soothing and hearty—the perfect springtime comfort food. My version is not necessarily authentic, possible combinations are as varied as what’s leftover in your fridge. Simply make it as you like it.


Spicy sauce

Whisk together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce (or to taste). Reserve. Pan toast 2 tablespoons sesame seeds until golden brown. Reserve separately.


Okonomiyaki  (Japanese Pancakes)

Whisk together: 5 eggs; 1 teaspoon soy sauce; 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/3 cup flour. Stir in 2 cups thinly chopped cabbage; 4 scallions, trimmed and sliced; 3/4 cup cooked, chopped shrimp.

In a large non-stick skillet, on medium-high heat, warm 2 teaspoons canola oil until it glistens. Ladle the batter in batches just like you would for small pancakes. Cook each side three minutes until golden brown. Repeat the process, adding more oil if needed. Reserve the cooked pancakes on an ovenproof platter, covered in a 200-degree oven, until all the pancakes are cooked. Scatter sesame seeds over the platter of okonomiyaki, and serve with the spicy sauce. Makes approximately 12 pancakes.


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. Archived Everyday Gourmet columns are at


Obituary: Roberta R. (LaMonda) Stys

Roberta R. (LaMonda) Stys

Roberta R. (LaMonda) Stys

Roberta (or Bobbi, as she was called) Roscoe (LaMonda) Stys, 79, passed away at her home in Essex Junction after a brief and courageous battle with lung cancer, on Monday March 4, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 27, 1933 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Beryl (Roscoe) LaMonda.

She grew up in Potsdam, N.Y., graduated from both Potsdam High School and Ogdensburg Business School. There, she met Richard, who was a student at Clarkson University. They were married in 1954 and began their family in New York State. In 1965, they moved to Vermont to raise their five children.

Bobbi began her career in public education as manager of the Audio-Visual Department of South Burlington High School. Her faithful volunteer work throughout the district led her to a career as secretary of Chamberlain School.

Her devotion to volunteer work was a life-long commitment. She acted as the religious education coordinator and a parish council member of St. John Vianney Parish. She also volunteered in the Essex school system art classrooms and as a receptionist at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.

Her life was filled with helping to guide her five children as they grew and started their own families. She found great joy in supporting the endeavors of her grandchildren. She spent countless hours at baseball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, football, swimming, track and dance events cheering on her family.

She held a deep love of the ocean, Amish Country, and painting. Her welcoming character, always ready to pour a cup of coffee for those needing company, will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Richard Stys of Essex Junction; her son Rick Stys and wife Tammy of Apex, N.C.; four daughters Renee Vanyush and husband Mark of Milton; Debra Mosher of Essex Junction; Michele Webb and husband Kevin of Essex Junction; Kathi Dwyer and husband John of Essex Junction; her brother Bruce LaMonda and wife Carol of Shokan, N.Y.; a sister-in-law Joan LaMonda of Massena, N.Y.; nine grandchildren: Stacey Mosher; Justin Mosher; Collin Vanyush; Anna DeGraff and husband Javan; Sarah Webb; Nick Dwyer and wife Katelyn; Emma Dwyer; Tory Stys; Alexis Stys; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also predeceased by her brother Robert LaMonda.

The family would like to thank the staff and physicians on Shepardson 4 and FAHC for their kindness, support and excellent care they provided for her. A special thank you goes to Dr. Hannah Rabin for her love, care, and friendship that she has been providing for years.

Per Roberta’s wishes, there will be no public visiting hours held. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Grace, Colchester with Revered Peter O’Leary officiating. Burial will be in the spring at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Roberta’s memory may be made directly to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495 c/o Relay for Life of Chittenden. The family invites you to view more information and share your memories by visiting

Seahorses stand between CVU girls and hoop finals

Amanda Lougee takes the ball to the hoop during the March 8 quarterfinal game against St. Albans. The Redhawks won 52-28. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

Amanda Lougee takes the ball to the hoop during the March 8 quarterfinal game against St. Albans. The Redhawks won 52-28. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

A rugged Burlington High team will occupy a lot of space under baskets on both ends of the University of Vermont’s Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium Thursday night, when the 21-0, top-seeded Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team goes after the first of two wins it needs for the Division 1 crown. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Redhawks are at the semifinal level for the third straight year, following the first undefeated regular season in the school’s annals.

“I love playing at Patrick,” said junior guard-forward Emily Kinneston Friday night after the Redhawks dispatched Bellows Free Academy 52-28 in a quarterfinal contest at CVU’s Bremner Gymnasium.

Kinneston is an old hand at the UVM hoop palace, having seen action at Patrick the last two seasons as the Hawks earned their way into championship games only to get nudged by Rice Memorial High on both occasions.

Rice, 20-2, has the second seed and will tangle with third-seeded 17-5 Essex High in the other semifinal, starting after CVU and BHS complete their business.

Burlington, the fifth seed, is 15-7 after knocking out 7-15 Mount Anthony Union High of Bennington 54-33 Saturday at the Seahorses’ corral.

Historically, CVU is 12-4 in semifinals and 3-9 in championship games. Burlington is 2-7 in semis and 2-0 in crowning battles. The two teams last met in playdowns in 2003, a 35-33 Hawks’ victory.

Even though the Redhawks won both regular season games against BHS, the Blue and White posed problems on the boards and the contests were not decided until late in the closing quarters.

The first game at Burlington in January was won 49-47, when CVU freshman inside operator Laurel Jaunich sank a seven-footer from the baseline after taking a pass from Kinneston as the clock was running down. The ball dropped through the net as the final buzzer sounded.

Burlington had a 29-22 advantage on the boards, which was key as the Seahorses fought back from the five-point fourth quarter deficit to force the final moments.

The Redhawks scored a 48-42 victory over BHS last month in Hinesburg.

Ilona Maher (17 points in Saturday’s quarterfinal victory), Ajla Medic and Breanna Pidgeon have been leading point poppers lately for Burlington.

In cranking up Friday’s victory over BFA, its third of the campaign, the youthful CVU quintet, plus a solid bench, shrugged off an early 6-0 Comets lead, during which the Hawks missed their first six shots.

Kinneston nailed a pair of charity shots with four minutes and 54 seconds left in the quarter to put CVU on the board. Junior Kaelyn Kohlasch, among those coming into the game in one of coach Ute Otley’s shift changes, snapped in a trey and followed with a deuce and the Redhawks were on the wing.

CVU led 15-8 by the end of the quarter and 25-12 by halftime. The Hawks added a 21-point assault on seven-for-15 shooting in the third period to leave BFA out of contention.

The Redhawks T-Rex defense forced 21 BFA turnovers, with Kinneston the bakery’s top chef with six steals to go with her 14 points. Kohlasch led scorers with 16 points and chipped in five rebounds plus a pair of assists.

Amanda Lougee wiped up eight grabs off the glass, Taylor Goldsborough with six and Jaunich with five helped the Hawks to a 34-18 rebounding triumph.

Forward Leilani King led BFA with 10 points. CVU shot 34 percent from the floor, despite going just two-for-13 in the final reel. The Comets were at 31 percent.