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Recipe Corner: Apples and Pumpkins

By Ginger Isham

September 26th, 2013 [Read more…]

Chittenden County Roadwork

September 26th, 2013

The following projects are underway, according to the latest update provided by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.


Motorists should be aware of paving on Route 2 from Waterbury Village to Bolton.


On Thursday, there will be paving on Intervale Avenue, and Russell, Adsit, Bradley and Buell streets. On Friday, there will be paving on Cherry and Main streets, and if time permits, Elm Terrace, Deforest Heights and Buell Street. On Sept. 28, there will be paving on Deforest Heights, the Buell and Orchard Terrace intersection, and possibly lower Pearl Street from St. Paul to South Winooski. Parking may be restricted at times, and this project should be completed by Oct. 1.

The Quinlan Covered Bridge on Spear Street is closed to traffic through September. Motorists must seek alternate routes.


Work continues on repaving Vt. Route 128 from the intersection of Route 15 in Essex extending north on 128 for 5.7 miles into Westford. Motorists should expect speed limit reductions when traveling through this zone. Traffic control will be present during the construction period and motorists are asked to use extreme caution. The project is expected to continue until Oct. 4.
Weed Road is closed between Sleepy Hollow and Route 15 due to storm damage. Motorists must seek an alternative route.

The installation of a new traffic signal and left turn lane at the intersection of Sand Hill Road and Vermont Route 117 (River Road) will cause minor traffic delays. Traffic control will be present, the speed limit has been reduced to 30 miles per hour and fines are doubled. This project is expected to be completed by mid-October.


The Checkered House Bridge on Route 2 has occasional one lane travel as work on the approach roads continue through September. Work continues on the Park & Ride on Route 2 and parking spaces will be limited. This project is expected to be completed in June of 2014.


Reconstruction of Malletts Bay Avenue between the Colchester-Winooski border to the railroad tracks near West Allen Street continues. Motorists should expect delays. This project is expected to continue through the end of October.


Motorists should be aware of bridge washing, centerline painting and stencil painting on the Interstate and state roads.

Arts & Entertainment

Fall festival season underway

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

As warm-colored hues begin to sweep up the Green Mountains, the calendar fills up with fall festivals featuring local food, crafters and the bounty of the season. Here are some of the festivals planned for the upcoming weeks.


Observer file photo

Observer file photo

Underhill Harvest Market

Sept. 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Entertainment, parade, food, craft sales, old-fashioned kids games, music, hay rides and more.



Hinesburg Fall Harvest Festival

Sept. 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Farmers’ market, live music, kids’ activities, art show.



Bristol Harvest Festival

Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Live music, kids’ activities, craft festival, apple pie contest.



Burke Mountain Fall Foliage Festival

Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parade, rubber duck race, live music, kids’ activities, petting zoo, craft show and more.


Fall Foliage Weekend

Sept. 28-29


Beer tasting festival, foliage chairlift rides at Mad River Glen.



Vermont Wool and Sheep Festival

Sept. 28 – 29


Vendors, animal barn, food, fiber arts classes, shepherd classes.



Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival

Sept. 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kids of all ages build catapults and trebuchets to see how far they can launch pumpkins. Stowe.


Stowe Oktoberfest

Oct. 5, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Oct. 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Parade, live music, dancing, Bavarian food and beer.



Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival

Sept. 30 – Oct. 5

Six festivals over six days, 50 years running—Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet and Groton.



Sam Mazza’s Harvest Festival

Oct. 5 -6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Crafts, corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo and more.



Brandon Harvest Fest

Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Make your own leaf person, hayrides, food.



Autumn on the Green

Oct. 6, 10 a.m.


Crafts, artisans, food, entertainment, live music, children’s events.



Harvest Weekend

Oct. 6 – 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Traditional Vermont harvest celebration at the Billings Farm and Museum, husking bee, barn dance, food.



Stowe Foliage Arts Festival

Oct. 11 – 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


More than 150 artists, crafters, food vendors.



Weston Craft Show

Oct. 11-13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Juried exhibit of Vermont artisans, including ceramics, glass, furniture, jewelry, wood and more.



Charlotte Tractor Parade

Oct. 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(parade at 1 p.m.)

More than 200 tractors, local music, farmers’ market, animals, rope making, kids’ games and more.

Sports Roundup

Burlington field hockey team at CVU Friday

Its winning ways restored Saturday with a 1-0 home triumph over 4-2 Mount Abraham Union, the Champlain Valley Union field hockey team traveled to Middlebury Union Wednesday, after the Observer’s press deadline, for a session with the usually tough Tigers.

Coach Kate McDonald’s Redhawks return to the home grass Friday to meet Burlington High for the first time this season, an earlier scheduled contest at BHS having been postponed.

Saturday’s flapping of wings with the Eagles went scoreless until Katie Arms did the honors with an assist by Molly Dunphy with about 12 minutes remaining in regulation.

Arms’ tally came only on CVU’s second shot on Mount Abe’s goalie Danielle Morse. The Hawks’ cage minder Evangeline Dunphy had five stops.

Now 4-1, the victory gave CVU some mojo after it suffered a 3-2 loss to defending Division 1 champion South Burlington High on its turf Thursday.

Forward Courtney Barrett scored two goals for the Rebels and assisted on Katerina Kacer’s tally which opened the scoring with a little more than 12 minutes into the first half.

Amanda Whitbeck bagged both CVU tallies. The first came some four minutes after Kacer’s and tied the game at 1-all. The second was after the Rebels had pulled in front 3-1 and got CVU right back in contention with 20 minutes and 41 second left to play.

But then came a geographical problem. South Burlington launched an assault on the CVU end of the field and it was more than nine minutes before the Redhawks could move the ball past midfield. The Rebels did not get much in the way off scoring tries, but they buzzed around the CVU end in a seemingly endless flurry.

Emily O’Brien, Sami Harvey and Katherine King were among those with some solid defensive moments for CVU.

The Hawks did make a couple of late charges down the field but they were short lived and without clear scoring opportunities.

“We didn’t put it all together today,” said McDonald after the game. “But we will get them next time.”

Home games coming up for CVU girls soccer

Coach Stan Williams and his defending Division 1 girls soccer team took a nifty unblemished 6-0 mark into their Wednesday meeting with Spaulding High in Barre, which took place after the Observer’s press deadline.

The Redhawks return to the home kicking meadow Saturday morning (10 a.m.) to meet St. Johnsbury Academy. South Burlington High blows into Hinesburg Tuesday for a 4 p.m. tilt.

A 3-0 Spirit Day home victory over Burlington High last Saturday boosted CVU’s season goal output to 21, with nary a ball getting into the Redhawks’ cage.

Speedy Haliana Burhans popped a pair of scores for CVU, while Emma Davitt added the other. Chipping in with helpers were Annie Keen, Audrey Morehouse and Mackenzie Kingston.

CVU harriers go to regionals this weekend

Fresh from a double victory Saturday at the Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans-sponsored Hard’ack events, the Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will travel to Manchester, N.H. Saturday to test New England regional competition.

There is also the U-32 Invitational in East Montpelier on the schedule.

At the Hard’ack race, CVU’s Autumn Eastman once again smoked the girls competitors, winning with a time of 18 minutes and 17.4 seconds for a nearly two-minute margin over runner-up Robin Vincent of St. Johnsbury Academy.

“We ran well and Autumn was awesome once again,” said coach Scott Bliss via e-mail. He added that wind issues slowed times down some.

Eastman’s teammates Emma Putre, Sophia Gorman and Abby Keim captured the next three places while Carly Neeld took seventh.

Also in the top 20 were Haley Harder and Rachel Slimovitch.

The girls team total of 20 points easily outpaced second place St. Johnsbury in the 11-school meet.

The CVU boys edged Mount Mansfield Union 60 to 64, despite a victory by the Cougars’ Ben Hegman in 17:11.5.

Third place Zack Marshall led CVU with a time of 17:50.9. The Redhawks also got a sixth place finish from Tyler Marshall. Top 20 finishers included Calvin McClellen (14), Devon Cantor (18) and Harken Spillane (19).

CVU boys get their winning kicks

By Mal Boright 

Observer correspondent

September 26th, 2013 [Read more…]

CVU gridders eye trip to unbeaten Middlebury Friday

Redhawk quarterback Steele DuBrul (third from left) hands the ball off to running back Lucian Bedard during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest, as offensive lineman Timmy Halvorson (left) and wide receiver Will Austin keep St. Johnsbury defenders at bay. CVU won 30 to 14. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section (Observer courtesy photo by Dana Adams)

Redhawk quarterback Steele DuBrul (third from left) hands the ball off to running back Lucian Bedard during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest, as offensive lineman Timmy Halvorson (left) and wide receiver Will Austin keep St. Johnsbury defenders at bay. CVU won 30 to 14. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section (Observer courtesy photo by Dana Adams)

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

September 26th, 2013 [Read more…]

Library notes

Youth News

After School Movie

Friday, Sept.27, 3 p.m. A young Viking dreams of hunting dragons and becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon instead. Rated PG. Free popcorn. Grades1 and up.

Toddler Yoga and Stories

Fridays, 10:15 a.m. 5-week series, starts Sept. 27. Simple yoga and books for children ages 1-5. Presented by Karen Allen. Pre-register at 878-4918.

Pumpkin Stories

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. Hear pumpkin stories and make your own paper pumpkin to take home. For children ages 3-5.

Evening Playgroup

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6-7:30 pm (first Wednesday of each month). Connect with other families with children of similar age. Playgroups are designed for children birth-2 years and their caregivers with age appropriate toys, stories and fingerplays. For information call 876-7555. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures.

Food for Thought Library Volunteers

Thursday, Oct. 3, 4-5 p.m. Teen Advisory Group. Community service opportunity. Teens meet for pizza, discussion, book/DVD selection and to plan special events for the library. Grades 7-12. New members welcome!

Spanish Playgroup

Saturday, Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. First Saturday of each month. Spanish rhymes, books and songs for children birth to age 5. Includes a craft activity and snack. Music with Constancia and crafts with Natasha. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures.

Zentangle Art Program

Thursday, Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Turn doodles into amazing designs! Presented by Deb Runge. Pre-register. Grades 4 and up.

Programs for Adults 

Vermont History Through Song

Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, will bring Vermont history to life with songs from the Vermont Historical Society’s collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume, Radtke will add commentary to set the scenes. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and the Friends of the Library.

Shape and Share Life Stories

Monday, Sept.30 and Oct. 7, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Prompts trigger real life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared with the group. Led by Recille Hamrell.

Friends of the Library

Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Planning for winter and spring programs.

The Tech Tutor Program

Oct. 10, 3 to 6 p.m. Stop by anytime during tech hours and get one-on-one help from a local teen on any technology question.

‘New Economy Lunch at the Library’ Program

Oct. 11, 12-1:30 p.m. Michael Schuman, author of several books, including “Local Dollars, Local Sense,” will discuss how buying local can positively impact the economy. Bring your lunch. This program is an interactive videoconferencing broadcast.

Brown Bag Book Club

Friday, Oct. 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Meet others who love to discuss books. This month we will discuss “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Books available at the front desk. Coffee, tea, juice and dessert provided.

The Aging Process

Oct.19, 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Join the Visiting Nurse Association to “Start The Conversation” in preparing for end-of-life care. You will increase your understanding of end-of-life care; learn to talk to you family and physician about end-of life wishes, and learn how to use the free conversation kit and Vermont’s Advance Directive form to record your or your loved ones’ decisions.

Women’s Self Defense Classes

Oct. 21, 23, 28 and 29, 5 – 8 p.m. For women ages 14 and up. This self-defense educational program is comprised of lecture, discussion and physical resistive strategies. Facilitated by certified R.A.D. instructors. Learn how to make violence unacceptable in daily life. Participation in all four classes is highly recommended. Pre-registration is required.

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


Little Details: Before the snow flies, part 2

By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

September 26th, 2013 [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Many, many thanks

It goes without saying that Williston is an amazing community, a community of helpers, givers and doers. I am reminded of this generosity every day and especially when our community responds as it always does to those in need.

THANK YOU to the all the incredible businesses and individuals who stepped up to make sure the shelves at the Williston Community Food Shelf were restocked after a very busy summer that depleted our resources more than usual. Your response to the article the Observer ran a few weeks ago (“Food Shelf undernourished,” Aug. 29, 2013) has left us in awe of this community’s generosity and support. I can’t name everyone by name who donated, as there are so many, but on behalf of myself, the board of directors and all our amazing volunteers who live and breathe this mission, we are incredibly grateful.

In addition, we would like to thank Officer Travis “Chowder Masta” Trybulski, mastermind and lead organizer of the Williston Chowder Challenge, as well as all the other officers who gave of their time and energy to pull off the third successful year of this fun and tasty event. And we can’t forget all our sponsors big and small. This event would not be possible without you!

Cathy Michaels
President, Williston
Community Food Shelf Board  


Library needs
more space

We are fortunate to have a wonderful library in town that is growing with need for more space. I wonder if it is time to think of another library building such as in the Allen Brook School area. To enlarge the present building would take away more of the village green. The green is important enough to save for our band concerts and July Fourth activities as well as other happenings throughout the calendar year.

There is also a parking problem now, with school and library events that happen at the same time. People attending school events on the weekend park in front of the library and leave library patrons with less parking. Perhaps a library near Allen could be geared to a certain age group of people or offer a special service that would differentiate it from the present library. That is, maybe move some special services to a new library building.

Ginger Isham


Because they’re afraid

By Edwin Cooney

Septemeber 26, 2013 [Read more…]