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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

October 31, 2013 [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Haunted Forest

Observer courtesy photos by Kathleen Porter or North Photography

Observer courtesy photos by Kathleen Porter or North Photography

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PHOTOS: CVU Field Hockey


Observer courtesy photos by Al Frey


PHOTOS: Fall Fest

Observer courtesy photos by Denise Johnson

Observer courtesy photos by Denise Johnson

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PHOTOS: CVU Boys Soccer


Observer courtesy photos by Al Frey

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EVERYDAY GOURMET: Cooking with pumpkin

By Kim Dannies

October 31, 2013 [Read more…]



John Robert Fay, age 79, died peacefully at home on Oct. 15, 2013 with his family by his side.

Bob was born in Colchester to Laura and John Fay on Feb. 19, 1934. He attended Cathedral High School and served our country as a Navy sonar man in the Korean War. Returning from overseas, Bob graduated from the University of Vermont with an electrical engineering degree and was a dedicated career employee of IBM for 32 years.

Bob was an usher at St Anthony’s Church, was a referee for Burlington Amateur Hockey Association and took pleasure in family genealogy. Bob enjoyed time with his best friends on the golf course; loved: Florida sunshine, sharing the family garden harvest, wood working, tending to his apple trees, riding the tractor and visiting with dear family and friends sharing good food and laughs.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pauline and daughter, Debra Fay-Artist and her husband Michael; his aunt, Emma Fay; sister Paulette Peters; brothers and their loving wives: Lionel and Susan Fay, Paul and Vicki Fay; Alan and Kathy Fay; Neil and Carol Fay; and sister in law, Claire Chalifoux and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Claude Fay. Special thank you to wonderful neighbors and our family for all the support.

Funeral services will be privately held and memorial donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties Vermont; www.vnacares.org.


Joan Johnson unexpectedly died on Oct. 10, 2013. She was born Jan. 20, 1937, the daughter of Maragret and Kenneth Bessette Sr. of Williston. A 1955 Burlington High School grad, Joan worked as a school bus driver in Williston and Pasco County, Fla., and won many driving awards. When she retired she didn’t stop, Joan was active in Bunco group, Bocce ball, and Bingo clubs, two Red Hat chapters, was secretary of Beacon Woods Board of Directors where she lived, was an avid garage saler, and of course, with her beloved ‘08 Corvette convertible was a Corvette Club member. Joan was a vibrant woman also known as “Joanie-ago-go.” Joanie will be dearly missed. Joan is survived by her five children, G. Scott Delaire of Williston, Mark A. Delaire of California, Jeffrey L. Delaire of Florida, Laurie A. Gaylord of New Hampshire, and Susan A. Moore of Florida; stepsons, John and Dan Johnson; sister, Joyce Fredette of Florida; brother, Kenneth Jr. and Gayle Bessette of Williston; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Joan was predeceased by her husband, Lee Ward Johnson. A graveside service will be held at East Cemetery in Williston at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, followed by a celebration of her life from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burlington Country Club, 568 So. Prospect St., Burlington. Arrangements are in care of the Gifford Funeral Home, Richmond.

Academic Honors


Local graduate

Emily Faraone of Williston received a Bachelor of Arts from Roger Williams University in the spring.

Student makes dean’s list

Timothy Clarke was named to the Savannah College of Art and Design dean’s list for the spring 2013 quarter.

Students named to honor societies

St. Lawrence University students Jessica A. Novak and Aden M. Peterson, both of Williston, were selected for membership in the St. Lawrence University chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honorary society.

To be eligible for membership, a student must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.25, have completed four biology courses and have earned a 3.5 GPA in those courses.

St. Lawrence student Katherine E. Buxton of Williston was elected to the university’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is one of the highest distinctions of academic achievement. To be considered, students must earn a 3.5 or better cumulative grade-point average by the close of their junior year, and have completed six semesters at St. Lawrence.

South Burlington looms before CVU in grid semifinal

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Young Writers Project: spooky stories

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net).

This week, we publish excerpts from spooky stories submitted by students. Read the full stories online at youngwritersproject.org.


The Haunted School 

Katherine Veronneau 

Grade 5, Williston Central School

Jona walked into her new classroom and saw her best friend Anna. Jona was so excited because they were starting a new school year and she had been afraid that she would not be with any of her friends. Now that she knew her best friend was in her class she only had one worry. Her worry was that she had heard some rumors that the school was haunted…

Read the complete story at youngwritersproject.org/node/85333


The Ghost in the Platform 

By Olivia Cabral 

Grade 5, Williston Central School

About 18 years ago, on a nice summer day, there were two little girls (the older one was named Anna and the younger named Izzie) at Williston Central School.

They loved to hang out together. This day began like any other day but then, something terrible happened! Anna and Izzie were on a bench talking like they did every day when all of a sudden, a boy came dashing out of the doors screaming like a little school girl, saying, “GHOST ON THE TOP FLOOR!”

Anna came up to the boy and said in a very loud voice, “I will investigate for you!”

Izzie said, “I don’t know, should we?” Then Anna said very calmly, “Yes, we should.” Without another word the two girls set off inside the dark school. They found the staircase and they heard a noise, like the sound of a bookcase falling…

Read the complete story at youngwritersproject.org/node/85335


You Call That a Spooky Story?

Ashley Davidson

Grade 6, Williston Central School

One day I was at my family’s log cabin with my little brother Ryan. We were sitting by the fire in the backyard. I said to Ryan, “Let’s tell spooky stories. I will go first. One day a girl was on her way to the mall.”

“Hold up!” Ryan said. “This is not going to be one of the ‘scary stories’ where some online website tells you the shoes are on sale and when you get there, they are not?”

“No,” I said. “This story is even scarier than that. Now let me continue…”

Read the complete story at youngwritersproject.org/node/85337


Scary conversation

By Riley Brown

Grade 5, Williston Central School

The dark basement…. Dun-dun-duuuun

Cough, cough! Oh, it’s dusty down here.

That’s probably because nobody’s been in this basement for 50 years.

Can you turn on the lights? No! Why, they don’t work.

Knock knock …

Hey, was that you? Yeah.

Stop touching my back. I’m not touching your back.

Let’s split up and see if we can find who’s been touching your back.
Ssshhhhhlllttt ssshhhlllttt … What’s that noise? …

Read the complete piece at youngwritersproject.org/node/85344


Anthology 5 celebration

Every year, YWP publishes an anthology of the year’s best student writing and photos.

On Nov. 9, it will toast the publication of Anthology 5 with a day of celebration and free writing workshops at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Special keynote speaker is author M.T. Anderson, winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Register at youngwritersproject.org/celebration2013.

YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If you would like to donate to YWP, please go to youngwritersproject.org/support.