April 20, 2018

Burlington High next for CVU field hockey unit

CVU forward Lily Schmoker stays focused during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against South Burlington. Schmoker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU forward Lily Schmoker stays focused during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against South Burlington. Schmoker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

A three-game home stand comes to an end Saturday when the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team plays host to Burlington High in a 1 p.m. contest. [Read more…]

CVU eleven out to tame rampaging Tigers at homecoming

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After getting bopped in the Northeast Kingdom last Saturday, the 1-3 Champlain Valley Union High football team return to Hinesburg and homecoming weekend this Saturday with undefeated and top-ranked defending Division 1 champion Middlebury Union High paying a visit to the Redhawks’ school side nest. [Read more…]

Music, LEGOs and Yoga!

The Living Green Fair is excited to have Donald Knaack (aka The Junkman™) performing in concert at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. He will also invite children in the audience to come up and play his ‘junk music’ instruments as part of an interactive ‘Junk Jam’ following each concert.

The Living Green Fair is excited to have Donald Knaack (aka The Junkman™) performing in concert at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. He will also invite children in the audience to come up and play his ‘junk music’ instruments as part of an interactive ‘Junk Jam’ following each concert.

The Junkman

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Knaak is a classically trained percussionist and composer who has used recycled materials as his instruments of music since long before the eco-green movement was cool. He’s the Daddy of Eco-Beat. He calls it Junk Music™. He’s performed at Lincoln Center, The Van’s Warped Tour (with Eminem, Black Eyed Peas and Blink 182), The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, Sundance Film Festival, concerts with Phish, Seoul Drum Festival, Summer Series Dubai, many schools and colleges and a solo concert at the United Nation’s COP 16 Conference on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, where he was awarded the “Cantando por el Planeta” award by the Federal Government of Mexico for its HOP (Help Our Planet) environmental education program for schools. His HOP program was also a recipient of the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. [Read more…]

Seminar Schedule

Videos Tell Sustainability Stories and Work toward Hopeful, Local Sustainable Futures
11 a.m. • UVM Davis Center

Tom Hudspeth from UVM’s Environmental Program and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources will present a series of “Sustainability Stories” at the Living Green Fair on Sept.27. Students in the UVM Creating Environmentally Sustainable Communities service-learning course produced videos and papers that tell stories about local individuals and groups who serve as role models for others to emulate while transitioning to more environmentally sustainable communities. [Read more…]

All Are Welcome at the Living Green Fair in Burlington this Saturday!

The Living Green Fair will be held at the LEED-certified UVM Davis Center on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Learn how to make more environmentally and socially conscious decisions in your everyday life and have some fun!
Programming will include workshops and activities for adults and children, as well as a variety of exhibitors who want to share their knowledge with you. We welcome those of all ages looking to learn and understand more about what sustainability is and how we can make it a part of our everyday lives.
A highlight of the event will be two performances by Donald Knaak, aka The Junkman, featuring a short solo concert followed by an interactive “Junk Jam” in which he invites children in the audience to play his “junk music” instruments, which are made of 100 percent recycled materials.
Other activities include Vermont Acro Yoga demos, an interactive Lego energy activity hosted by Vermont Energy Co-op and workshops presented by UVM’s Environmental Studies Program, CSWD, Go Chittenden County, Efficiency Vermont and VPIRG. Paul Burns, VPIRG’s executive director, will offer opening statements in the Maple Ballroom at 10:30 a.m.
Community sponsors/supporters include The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, The University of Vermont Environmental Studies Program, The Vermont Student Environmental Program (VSTEP), Go! Chittenden County, WCAX-TV, Green Living Journal, Efficiency Vermont, Chittenden Solid Waste District, VT Sustainable Jobs Fund (Farm to Plate), Vermont Electric Co-op, VPIRG and Localvore Today.
The show is produced by Williston Publishing & Promotions, a locally-owned company based in Williston in conjunction with the University of Vermont. We hope you will join us!

Little Details: Protection and reflection

By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

Al-Qaeda. ISIS. ISIL. Khorasan. Terrorist organizations multiply in a world of political turmoil, ethno-religious strife and gaping wealth disparities. Threats to our sense of security proliferate, at home and abroad.
Al-Qaeda, the global militant Islamist group, became a household word following the 9/11 attacks. Operating across borders, Al-Qaeda introduced Americans to suicidal terror missions and the concept of “sleeper cells” awaiting activation.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), is a Sunni jihadist group claiming [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Time for Bernie
We can trust Bernie Sanders to defend the government programs hard working people have spent years establishing. Bernie shows disapproval, even at times anger, against the agenda of the super wealthy attempting to turn the country over. Senator Sanders is a fine senator, he connects closely with the people he represents, [Read more…]

Open Internet rules matter most outside the Beltway

By Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Doris Matsui

Open Internet principles are the Bill of Rights for the online world. The Internet provides for free expression and a free and open marketplace where competition drives innovation. This should not change.
Right now, the Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal that would create a two-tiered system and significantly alter the public’s unfettered ability to access content online. This should not happen. A record number of Americans—more than 1 million—have already spoken out and urged the FCC not to approve this misguided plan. This outpouring of comments reflects what has always been clear: Americans care deeply about the future of the Internet and the unparalleled opportunity it provides for free expression and an open marketplace of ideas. [Read more…]

VSAC offers ‘Paying for College’ workshops

Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops at local high schools to help families plan how to pay for college and training after high school.
An Oct. 7 presentation is planned at Champlain Valley Union High School at 6:30 p.m. [Read more…]

Around Town

All Metals move approveD
The Williston Selectboard on Monday approved the location of a salvage yard operated by All Metals Recycling, Inc. off Industrial Avenue. The board intends to sign a Certificate of Approved Location, a requirement before All Metals can begin operating. [Read more…]