October 31, 2014

Williston batters hit it out of the park

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Observer staff report

The inaugural Dick’s Sporting Goods Hitting Contest was held recently at Williston Community Park, as part of the annual Williston Little League Hit-A-Thon. This new contest was designed to challenge upper division ball players. [Read more...]

Big CVU flavor to Twin State girls all-senior squad

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

When the annual Twin State graduated senior basketball all-stars collide with their New Hampshire counterparts in July, there will be a Champlain Valley Union High Redhawk presence in both the girls and boys contests.
The games are scheduled to be played at Keene State College in New Hampshire on July 19, with the girls’ game kicking off the galaxy doubleheader at 5 p.m.
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CVU softball team heads north Thursday

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Pitcher Natalie Gagnon had three hits Saturday.

Pitcher Natalie Gagnon had three hits Saturday.

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union High softball team will be seeking the season’s second win Thursday when it travels to North Country Union High in Newport. The Redhawks will return home Saturday morning to finish the [Read more...]

Showdown Saturday for CVU and BFA baseball nines

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CVU second baseman Kyle Stanley makes a tough catch in shallow right center while Deagan Poland backs up the play. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU second baseman Kyle Stanley makes a tough catch in shallow right center while Deagan Poland backs up the play. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Weathered out of their contest last Thursday, the high-flying Champlain Valley Union High and Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans baseball teams will be on the Hinesburg field Saturday morning at 11 to settle matters in a game that will have consequences in the post-season pairings. [Read more...]

Getting into the spirit: Exploring Vermont’s booming beer and wine industry

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Vindal Blanc ice wine (pictured above) produce by Snow Farm Vineyards is just one of the many unique offerings being produced at local vineyards. (Observer photo by Snow Farm Vineyards)

Vindal Blanc ice wine (pictured above) produce by Snow Farm Vineyards is just one of the many unique offerings being produced at local vineyards. (Observer photo by Snow Farm Vineyards)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
As Vermonter Kurt Staudter and his wife, Patricia, approached their 25th wedding anniversary several years ago, they embarked on what would become an eye-opening experience—visiting all of the state’s breweries.
“As we went from one brewery to the next, we were meeting these people who are just so insanely passionate about what they’re doing,” he said. [Read more...]

Library Notes

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Youth News
Summer Reading Begins June 13
Get ready to explore the world of science with this summer’s themes, “Fizz Boom Read!” for children and “Spark a Reaction” for teens. Activities include hands-on science experiments, makerspace activities, rocket building and more. Register for our Summer Reading Challenge and win free books and raffle tickets. Details on the library website.

Pet Parade and Summer Reading Kickoff
Saturday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. Dress in a costume and bring your pet or stuffed animal for a parade around the library. All ages welcome. Sign up for the “Fizz Boom Read!” summer reading program. (No pets in the library, please).

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Letters to the Editor

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Thank you for support
We wanted to send out a huge “thank you” to everyone involved with the Champlain Valley Union “Strike Out Cancer” game on May 2 and the associated fundraising through the entire month of May. This has been a great event for the past couple of years, but we were touched and overwhelmed by the gesture of donating this year’s proceeds to our family.
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Open Meeting Law flawed

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By John Flowers

The Vermont Press Association is deeply disappointed that Gov. Peter Shumlin opted not to veto a seriously flawed Open Meeting Law that was passed as part of a compromise between the House and Senate in the final days of the legislative session. [Read more...]

Lt. governor candidate seeks public financing

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John Bauer is flanked by Williston residents Ben Cohen (left) and Jerry Greenfield, at a Williston house party to support Bauer's bid for Lt. Governor. (Observer courtesy photo)

John Bauer is flanked by Williston residents Ben Cohen (left) and Jerry Greenfield, at a Williston house party to support Bauer’s bid for Lt. Governor. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Lisa McCormack
Courtesy of Stowe Reporter

First candidate in 10 years to make attempt

John Bauer, candidate for lieutenant governor, is determined to keep the influence of corporations and large contributors out of his campaign.
The Jeffersonville Democrat is the first Vermont political candidate in 10 years to attempt to qualify for public financing.
This would allow him to serve the people of Vermont without being beholden to corporations or large contributors, he said. [Read more...]

Harmony Spa property sold

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Harmony Spa closed last summer after allegations of prostitution. Thanh Nguyen purchased the property earlier this month.

Harmony Spa closed last summer after allegations of prostitution. Thanh Nguyen purchased the property earlier this month.

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

A Winooski resident purchased the former Harmony Spa property on Williston Road earlier this month. The massage parlor closed last summer after allegations of prostitution.
Thomas Booska sold the property to Thanh Nguyen for $335,000 on May 2, according to paperwork filed with the town of Williston.
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