April 20, 2018

PHOTO: Williston law enforcement ice bucket challenge

So far, donations have reached $88.5 million, compared to $2.6 million for the same time period last year. The law enforcement personnel took part in the challenge last Friday, after a department award ceremony. While still warm and dry, Shepard gave out Officer of the Year awards to Officer Travis Trybulski and Officer Ben Hollwedel, criminal enforcement and motor vehicle enforcement awards to Trybulski, a DUI enforcement award to Officer Alex Tower and letters of commendation to Sgt. Mike Lavoie, Officer Josh Moore and Sgt. Bart Chamberlain. He also gave a teamwork award to LaTulippe and Cristalee McSweeney, reparative coordinator with the Community Justice Center. ‘There’s just so much good work done in this agency,’ Shepard said. [Read more…]

POPCORN: “The Giver” Once More into the Apocalypse

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“The Giver”

Once More into the Apocalypse

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

The good thing about the apocalypse, if you happen to survive it, is that the society that then evolves is so nice and orderly…everything in its place, y’know. No anger, competition, hunger, strife or pestilence. Boy, they sure learned their lesson. And gee, all the architecture is so neo-Guggenheim museum. The bad thing is, it’s a stultifying bore. Which is why Brenton Thwaites’s Jonas, the starry-eyed protagonist in director Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s best seller, figures there has to be a better way. [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Armadillos wrap up

 

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Members of the Williston Armadillos baseball team catch, hit and pitch during their last regular season home game on Aug. 24. The team beat the Champlain Whales 20-4. The Armadillos currently lead the Vermont Senior Baseball League with a 14-1 standing. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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Savvy Senior: Is life insurance needed in retirement?

Dear Savvy Senior,
Is life insurance needed in retirement? I’m about to retire and have been thinking about dropping my policy to escape the premiums. Is this a good idea?
—Over Insured [Read more…]

Obituaries

Phillip Allen Griffith
Phillip Griffith passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in the Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
Phillip was born on Feb. 16, 1928, in Montpelier to the late William H. and Margery (McIntyre) Griffith. His early education was in Moretown and Vergennes High School, where he graduated as valedictorian and earned a full scholarship to UVM, which he attended after a short time in the Army. He graduated in ‘52 with a BS in education. [Read more…]

Recipe Corner: Zucchini and tomatoes

By Ginger Isham

About this time of year, there is an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes. These are two recipes I have made recently using both.

Zucchini Skillet Dinner
1/2 pound lean hamburger (substitute ground turkey/chicken/pork/sausage)
5-6 cups sliced zucchini
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 cup cottage cheese
3/4 cup instant brown rice (could use 3/4 cup cooked rice)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Brown hamburger in skillet. Add rest of ingredients (except cheese) and cover and simmer and stir 2-3 time for about 20 minutes until zucchini is cooked. Remove from stove and sprinkle cheese on top, replace cover and let set until cheese is melted. Serve. [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Monsters for a day

Williston resident Storm Rushford holds a check from the Lake Monsters after signing a one-day contract with the team. Rushford, 12, was one of nine boys and girls in the state named to the 2014 Little Lake Monsters All Stars.  Hundreds of kids sent applications, and the winners were selected based on their answers to three questions that focused on sportsmanship, community and leading a healthy lifestyle. After a ceremony on Aug. 22, Rushford was outfitted in a Lake Monsters uniform and took batting practice with the team before its home game on Friday. He and his fellow winners also stood on the field with the team during the national anthem and sat in the dugout with the players for an inning.

Williston resident Storm Rushford holds a check from the Lake Monsters after signing a one-day contract with the team. Rushford, 12, was one of nine boys and girls in the state named to the 2014 Little Lake Monsters All Stars.
Hundreds of kids sent applications, and the winners were selected based on their answers to three questions that focused on sportsmanship, community and leading a healthy lifestyle.After a ceremony on Aug. 22, Rushford was outfitted in a Lake Monsters uniform and took batting practice with the team before its home game on Friday. He and his fellow winners also stood on the field with the team during the national anthem and sat in the dugout with the players for an inning. (Observer courtesy photos)

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CVU football, cross country open at home Saturday

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The first competition of the fall interscholastic sports season is set for Saturday with the Champlain Valley Union High football and cross country teams seeing action.
The distance steppers go first with an informal relay event starting at 10 a.m. [Read more…]

Understanding town dog control laws

Paul Dickin walks his dog, Alfie -- whom Dickin said is occasionally called Suarez, after the Uruguayan soccer player, for his tendency to act as if he is about to about someone -- on the Williston bike path.

Paul Dickin walks his dog, Alfie — whom Dickin said is occasionally called Suarez, after the Uruguayan soccer player, for his tendency to act as if he is about to about someone — on the Williston bike path. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Town Clerk Deb Beckett and Williston Animal Control Officer Marilla Whitcomb have teamed up to educate Willistonians about the town dog control ordinance.
The pair have held education days on the bike path, reaching out to pet owners. [Read more…]

Local animal experts share their pet advice

Williston experts answer the question “What is your top piece of advice for pet owners?”

Be responsible
My advice for ALL animal or livestock owners is simple. BE RESPONSIBLE OWNERS. Care for and vaccinate your animals, show concern for others, follow the rules.
—Marilla Whitcomb,
Williston animal control officer [Read more…]