November 20, 2018

Little Details: Mending a broken world

By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

It’s been a summer of difficult news stories. The tinderbox that is the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict erupted again in an explosive flame, spreading embers across the globe. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over eastern Ukraine where separatist forces are encamped, hindering investigators. Most of the 219 Nigerian school girls abducted from their boarding school on April 14 remain in the hands of the Boko Haram militant Islamic sect. Syrian citizens, driven from their homeland by civil war, [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Cafferty runs for sheriff

My name is Ed Cafferty and I am a Democratic candidate for sheriff of Chittenden County.
These are challenging times in law enforcement. Chittenden County residents want a strong leader for today’s challenges. I will be that leader, speaking out on the serious crime issues facing us. My vision of the job of sheriff is quite different from the incumbent. First, it is about leadership. [Read more…]

All is not fair on land for water

 

By Denise Smith

With the state and the Environmental Protection Agency discussing new pollution limits for Lake Champlain and how to achieve them, the state of the lake and Vermont’s waters in general are once again being hotly debated. Just last week, the Secretary of Agriculture was in St. Albans to consider the possibility of additional regulation for farms with fields identified in 2011 as critical sources of pollution in Missisquoi Bay.
The problem in Lake Champlain, [Read more…]

Sustainable garden tour set for next week

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Locals who want to learn more about sustainable gardening can get a peek at their neighbors’ methods next week.
Local environmental group Sustainable Williston is hosting a sustainable gardens tour on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The group is meeting at the Williston Community Gardens on Mountain View Road at 6 p.m. and the tour will last approximately two hours. [Read more…]

Community helps local couple win free ‘dream wedding’

Ric Volp and Sienna Fontaine are preparing for their wedding.

Ric Volp and Sienna Fontaine are preparing for their wedding.

By Phyl Newbeck
Observer correspondent

After friends, family and the community rallied around a Williston Vermont National Guard member and her fiancé, the couple is preparing for an all-expenses-paid wedding.
Earlier this year, Ric Volp and Sienna Fontaine entered a Vermont Weddings contest for military couples. Called “A Salute to our Soldiers,” the contest was designed to provide a free wedding for a Vermont couple with military connections. Judges whittled down the more than 50 entrants to three [Read more…]

Laundromat, dry cleaning service opens at Cornerstone Dr. location

Greers recently moved its laundromat and dry cleaning services to a new location on Cornerstone Drive. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Greers recently moved its laundromat and dry cleaning services to a new location on Cornerstone Drive. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Greers Professional Fabricare Services has brought its laundry and dry cleaning facilities to a new Williston location.
The laundromat opened July 17 at 204 Cornerstone Drive, near the former Rocky’s Pizza, and the dry cleaning portion was set to open next door on July 31.
“So far it’s going great,” General Manager Dan Poplawski said. “It’s a great little plaza with lots of traffic.” [Read more…]

Harvesting for the hungry

Sue Stanne (left) and June Jones harvest zucchini from the Plant a Row plot in the Williston Community Garden. Produce from the garden goes to the Williston Community Food Shelf. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Sue Stanne (left) and June Jones harvest zucchini from the Plant a Row plot in the Williston Community Garden. Produce from the garden goes to the Williston Community Food Shelf. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Plant a Row for the Hungry program provides produce

By Stephanie Choate

Observer Staff

As tomatoes redden, zucchinis swell and beans multiply, locals who visit the Williston Community Food Shelf can look forward to an influx of fresh, local produce.
The Plant a Row for the Hungry program, organized by University of Vermont Extension master gardeners and Williston in Bloom members, is getting into full swing. The group, which has a plot in the Williston Community Gardens, began making deliveries to the food shelf earlier this month. [Read more…]

New food truck opens

Owner Mark Austin (left) and cook Joe Taylor pose for a photo at Take-A-Bite, a new food truck that opened earlier this month on Industrial Avenue. (Observer photo by Heleigh Bostwick)

Owner Mark Austin (left) and cook Joe Taylor pose for a photo at Take-A-Bite, a new food truck that opened earlier this month on Industrial Avenue. (Observer photo by Heleigh Bostwick)

By Heleigh Bostwick
Observer correspondent

There’s a new lunch truck in town.
Located behind the Sears Home Store at the confluence of Industrial Avenue and Williston Road, Take a Bite! opened two weeks ago and features an impressive lunch menu—from cheeseburgers and chicken Caesar salad to tuna salad, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the Michigan hot dog made famous by Tim’s Snack Shack, which closed in 2009. [Read more…]

Gas pipeline opponents stage protest in Williston

Opponents of the planned natural gas pipeline held a protest at the Vermont Gas staging area in Williston Wednesday morning. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Opponents of the planned natural gas pipeline held a protest at the Vermont Gas staging area in Williston Wednesday morning. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline staged a sit-in protest at the Williston staging area Wednesday morning, briefly disrupting work on the pipeline.
A dozen protestors associated with Rising Tide Vermont, a group that has opposed the pipeline, sat blocking the driveway at the former Williston Driving Range for approximately an hour, singing songs and displaying banners that read “You will not break ground, you will not break us” and “Permits ≠  permission.” [Read more…]

Dragon boats race for a cause

The annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is set for Aug. 3 in Burlington.

The annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is set for Aug. 3 in Burlington.

The Windows & Doors by Brownell team, Windows & Oars, has been competing in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival for years.

The Windows & Doors by Brownell team, Windows & Oars, has been competing in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival for years.

By Phyl Newbeck
Observer correspondent
Williston Central School teacher and veteran dragon boat racer Debra Lentine has renewed motivation to compete in this year’s Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and Races.
Lentine got involved with the festival in 2005 after recovering from breast cancer. This March, she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and underwent six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy simultaneously. A team of teachers and staff will take to the lake in honor of Lentine and two other members of the school district community who have cancer.
The ninth annual festival is set for Aug. 3 at the Burlington Waterfront to raise money for cancer programs in Vermont. [Read more…]