March 18, 2018

Little Details: Grateful for Williston’s schools

By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

The day my daughter started kindergarten, I snapped a photo of her stepping onto that big orange school bus. She turned to me to smile as she ascended the steps. Her blue Columbia backpack—the one she’d carry until the end of ninth grade—seemed enormous on her little back. She wore an orange jumper with black Mary Jane’s and white ankle socks. Wisps of her blond hair were gathered in two pony tails. [Read more…]

Friends of CVU seeks input

By Alice Brown

The Friends of CVU is a group of parents from Charlotte, Hinesburg, St. George, Shelburne and Williston who volunteer together to strengthen the links between community, teachers and CVU high school students. Over the years, the Friends of CVU has become mostly involved with parent education and with support of CVU teachers. We work with Connecting Youth to sponsor educational speakers and appropriate programs, which support community members, parents and students. The group also aims to support student clubs and activities with grants, made possible by CVU community donations. [Read more…]

Make sure kids’ vaccines are up to date

Observer staff report
To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life, the Vermont Department of Health joined with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“Your child should have all of the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s immunization schedule to protect classmates and the community,” said the Health Department’s Immunization Program Chief Christine Finley. “Check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.” [Read more…]

Public hearing set for All Metals relocation

Meeting Thursday, Aug. 28

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
All Metals Recycling, currently located on James Brown Drive, is looking to move its salvage yard operation to Avenue B off Industrial Avenue.
A public hearing is set for Thursday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall.
All Metals needs a certificate of approved location before it can obtain the proper state license to open a salvage yard in town, which requires a public hearing.
The board went through a similar process last September when it approved the James Brown Drive location. All Metals Recycling opened that facility after nearly two years of appeals from nearby residents and another salvage yard.
The Development Review Board approved All Metals’ request for a discretionary permit at its July 22 meeting.
All Metals Recycling is proposing a scrap metal recycling business on a .72 acre portion of an S.D. Ireland property near the end of Avenue B.

Local author releases new novel

House of Wonder

Observer staff report
Williston author Sarah Healy will celebrate the release of her new novel next week.
A book launch is set for Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Phoenix Books in Burlington. [Read more…]

Minimal turnout for primaries

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
With few contested primary races, Williston voter turnout for the Aug. 26 primary elections was one of the lowest turnouts in recent years.
Town Clerk Deb Beckett said 352 voters turned out to the polls on Tuesday—just 4 percent of Williston’s [Read more…]

Rec Director applications pour in

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Advertisements for the Williston Recreation Director position drew a grand total of 106 applications.
Town Manager Rick McGuire said he advertised the position nationally and locally, with an Aug. 15 cut off date. [Read more…]

Williston Seniors moving to new home

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

The Williston Seniors group is moving to a new location that organizers hope will allow the group to grow.
Beginning in October, the Williston Seniors will hold twice-monthly meetings at the Green Mountain Masonic Center. [Read more…]

Williston, district school enrollment in slow decline

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent
As students in Williston, surrounding towns and most of Vermont go back to school this week, many are finding fewer classmates, and in some cases, fewer teachers than in the past.
Williston, and the parent Chittenden South Supervisory Union, are no exception to that trend.
Following a statewide trend, enrollment figures continue to drift downward. [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Volleyball and soccer leagues



Players compete in a soccer league game last week at the Williston fields.

Players compete in a soccer league game last week at the Williston fields. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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