September 23, 2014

Young Writers Project: spooky stories

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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.

CVU field hockey team closes strong season

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Junior Sami Harvey stays ahead of her opponent during Friday’s semifinal game against South Burlington. The Rebels ended the Redhawks’ season with a 1-0 victory. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section  (Observer courtesy photo by Al Frey).

Junior Sami Harvey stays ahead of her opponent during Friday’s semifinal game against South Burlington. The Rebels ended the Redhawks’ season with a 1-0 victory. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section (Observer courtesy photo by Al Frey).

Defending Division 1 champion South Burlington High took the rubber match and with it a ticket to the semifinals Friday afternoon when the Rebels ended the Redhawks’ season with a 1-0 victory.

CVU finished a solid campaign with an 8-3-4 mark. The ‘Hawks had lost 3-2 at South Burlington but had nipped the Rebs 2-1 at the Hinesburg hillside nest during the season.

A late penalty corner Friday led the South Burlington’s game-winning goal with 28 second remaining in regulation, Courtney Barrett knocking the ball into the cage.

For the game shots on goal were even at four apiece.

“We had a couple of good chances, but it just didn’t work out,” CVU coach Kate McDonald told the media.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

 

One foe between a third straight title try for CVU girls soccer

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Observer correspondent

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CVU harriers await New Englands

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The CVU girls cross country team (from left) Coach Scott Bliss, Abby Keim, Emma Putre, Kestral Grevatt, Autumn Eastman, Sophia Gorman, Haley Harder, Carly Neeld and Coach Cari Causey took home a first place finish in the state meet at Thetford Academy on Saturday. (Observer courtesy photo)

The CVU girls cross country team (from left) Coach Scott Bliss, Abby Keim, Emma Putre, Kestral Grevatt, Autumn Eastman, Sophia Gorman, Haley Harder, Carly Neeld and Coach Cari Causey took home a first place finish in the state meet at Thetford Academy on Saturday. (Observer courtesy photo)

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CVU boys go for second straight soccer crown Saturday

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Richard Baccei blocks his opponent during Friday’s quarterfinal game against Burlington High. Baccei logged an assist in the tense, 1-0 victory for the Redhawks. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section (Observer courtesy photo by Al Frey).

Richard Baccei blocks his opponent during Friday’s quarterfinal game against Burlington High. Baccei logged an assist in the tense, 1-0 victory for the Redhawks. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section (Observer courtesy photo by Al Frey).

By Mal Boright 

Observer correspondent

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Library Notes

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Youth News

Spanish Music and Art Playgroup

Saturday, Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m. Non-Spanish speakers welcome. First Saturday of each month. Spanish music and books with an art activity. Birth to age 5. Music with Constancia, art with Natasha. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures.

Recycled Turkeys!

Monday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m. Presented by WCS art teacher MC Baker. Make a colorful turkey out of an old book. Pre-register. Kindergarten and up. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Read to Van Gogh the Cat

Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 18. Van Gogh is a therapy cat in training with the Love on a Leash Foundation. Call 878-4918 to pre-register for 10-minute individual reading sessions. All ages.

Evening Playgroup

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

Food For Thought Teen Group

Thursday, Nov. 7, 4-5 p.m. Grades 7-12. Teen Advisory Group. Teens meet for pizza, discussion, book/DVD selection, and planning special events for the library. New members welcome.

Toddler Time: ‘I Spy’

Friday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. Early Literacy Program. Rhymes, books, playtime and simple art activities for children ages 1-3.

Story Time and Craft

Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Preschoolers are introduced to a variety of books and authors while gaining early literacy skills. For children ages 3-5.

Read to a Dog

Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 12. Bring a book and read to Gina the Poodle, a registered Therapy Dog. Call 878-4918 to pre-register for 10-minute individual reading sessions. All ages.

Teen Movie

Thursday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. Mel Brooks’ classic Star Wars spoof. Rated PG, 1 hour 36 min. Free popcorn.

 

Programs for Adults

Friends of the Library

Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Planning for winter and spring programs.

Shape and Share Life Stories

Monday, Nov. 4 and 18, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Prompts trigger real life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narrative and shared. Led by Recille Hamrell. Free and open to all adults.

The College Search

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join Nancy Milne, an independent educational consultant, for an evening of questions and answers on all things college search related. Come prepared to learn how to maintain peace in the family during the application experience. Leave with proven strategies to survive the process.

The Tech Tutor Program

Thursday, Nov. 14 and 21, 3 to 6 p.m. Patrons may stop by anytime during tech hours and ask one-on-one technology questions with one of our local teens. Guarantee a time by making a 15-minute appointment 878-4918.

Brown Bag Book Club

Friday, Nov. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Looking to meet others who love to discuss books? This month we discuss “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” by Susan Vreeland. Books available at the front desk. Coffee, tea, juice and dessert provided. Free and open to all.

Vermont Author: ‘The Conversation’

Saturday, Nov. 16, 1-2 pm. Join Agnieszka Perlinska as she shares “The Conversation,” a true story about two people’s life-transforming conversations on how to have the best life possible. The book offers a road map for those who seek personal balance, happiness and success through empowered, conscious living. Book signing available.

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

 

Letters to the Editor

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GUEST COLUMN: The case for hunter access

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Collecting ‘Warmth for Willy’

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Donate winter hats, mittens and scarves in the purple boxes at Gardener's Supply, Lenny's Shoe & Apparel, Buttered Noodles and Bead Crazy. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Donate winter hats, mittens and scarves in the purple boxes at Gardener’s Supply, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Buttered Noodles and Bead Crazy. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

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Observer staff

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Forum highlights town’s ideas, challenges

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Observer staff

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