July 19, 2018

Living Green: Vermont releases nation’s first state climate assessment

A detailed University of Vermont report cites and 80 percent increase in the likelihood of flooding -- though perhaps not so sever as the Williston flooding seen here, caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 - as one of the local effects of climate change. (Observer photo by Dave Schmidt)

A detailed University of Vermont report cites and 80 percent increase in the likelihood of flooding — though perhaps not so sever as the Williston flooding seen here, caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 – as one of the local effects of climate change. (Observer photo by Dave Schmidt)

University of Vermont report
Fewer days for making maple syrup. Twenty-five years with more snow for skiing. Summer heat stress for dairy cows. These are a few of the forecasts from the Vermont Climate Assessment, the nation’s first comprehensive state-level climate assessment, released earlier this month. [Read more…]

Living Green: Is going organic worth the cost?

By Dr. Stuart Offer
Special to the Observer
Once upon a time, organic food was available only at health food stores, marketed to “tree-hugging” consumers willing to pay extra for “natural,” environmentally friendly foods. Today, organic foods are undeniably mainstream. Not only can they be found at most every neighborhood grocery store, but even giants like Walmart are getting into the act. [Read more…]

Library Notes

Library news
Volunteers needed for book sale
The book sale is set for July 3 from 4 – 6 p.m. and July 4 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Williston Central School’s large gym. Volunteer at the library’s main desk, call 878-4918 or email marti@williston.lib.vt.us. Volunteers are needed for:
Set up: Move books from library to school, set up tables, unpack books. Lifting required, except for unpacking. Bring a dolly if you have one. July 2, 8 a.m. – noon. [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor

Thank you for helping with Nosey

I am writing to share a positive experience and to thank numerous Willistonians. I moved to Williston last fall and shortly after the move, I received a lovebird from a friend.
This is a peach-faced lovebird, bright yellow with a bright peach mask which extends to the chest. He loves people and because he is intensely curious, we named him Nosey. [Read more…]

International students at CVU

By members of the
CVU School Board

Towards the end of every academic year, international students the school has hosted over the course of the school year visit the CVU School Board. This year, students from Austria, Denmark, Italy, Germany and Sweden talked about the many differences between their schools and CVU, and were unanimous in their praise of the CVU experience. They noted they felt like part of a family, rather than students in a school, and shared that their involvement in classes, athletics, clubs and community activities quickly made them feel comfortable and connected. [Read more…]

Around Town

Exchange students seeking host families in Williston
Visiting students, ages 15-18, from Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Williston for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.
Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their students. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member. [Read more…]

‘Java for Jan’ coffee for a cause

Observe staff report
Coffee lovers have a chance to win a bevy of coffee-related prizes while raising money for a local recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. [Read more…]

DRB: Gun club must remove ‘unclean’ fill

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
The latest dustup in a long and often contentious feud between a Williston shooting range and its neighbors centered on fill used in its state-mandated remediation project.
After a neighbor appealed a town zoning decision, the Williston Development Review Board on Tuesday night decided that the North Country Sportsman’s Club must remove any fill that violates the conditions of its town permit.
[Read more…]

Fletcher Allen to change name

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Vermont’s biggest hospital is getting a new name.

Fletcher Allen Partners and The University of Vermont announced on June 19 that Fletcher Allen Partners will change its name to The University of Vermont Health Network this fall. Fletcher Allen Health Care will be renamed The University of Vermont Medical Center.
The move is part of a branding strategy. [Read more…]

Keeping hunger out of Williston

The Williston Fire Department will park this antique fire truck on the town green on July 3 and 4 to collect donations for the Williston Community Food Shelf.

The Williston Fire Department will park this antique fire truck on the town green on July 3 and 4 to collect donations for the Williston Community Food Shelf.

Food Shelf seeks boost in summer donation slump
By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
The Williston Community Food Shelf is hoping to boost contributions with two initiatives this summer—a time of year when donations typically slow down.
The food shelf is hosting a Fill a Fire Truck Food Drive during the Fourth of July celebrations. [Read more…]