July 19, 2018

Vermont’s rifle deer season starts Nov. 15

Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Nov. 15 and ends Nov. 30. 

A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season. [Read more…]

Obituaries

Alice M. Chase

Alice Chase

Alice Chase

 

Alice Mary (Shortsleeve) Chase 94, of Williston passed away October 27, 2014 at Burlington Health and Rehab.

She was born in Burlington on July 23, 1920 the daughter of Stephen and Hazel (Bleau) Shortsleeve. She was married in 1942 to Leonard M. Chase, Sr. and had 51 happy years together before his passing in 1994. [Read more…]

New offense has CVU soccer boys a game away from title try

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Going into Wednesday (Observer press time) afternoon’s Division 1 semifinal contest at South Burlington High, the Champlain Valley Union High boys’ soccer team had found its scoring touch and then some.

Coach Katie Mack’s Redhawks had won their last four outings while putting up 19 goals and allowing a big, fat zero at the other end. [Read more…]

Redhawks close out gridiron season with 3-6 mark

Quarterback Jake Evans passes to 1,000-yard rusher Rich Lowrey during an October game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Quarterback Jake Evans passes to 1,000-yard rusher Rich Lowrey during an October game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

The sting from Friday night’s Division 1 quarterfinal 54-6 loss to top-seeded Middlebury Union High at the Tigers’ den no doubt remained on Sunday, but Champlain Valley Union High head football coach Jim Provost was already looking ahead to next season.

The eighth-seeded CVU unit finished with a 3-6 record. The team lost its last two contests including the previous weekend’s regular season finale at St. Albans against Bellows Free Academy. Before that, had come a two-game win streak. [Read more…]

CVU field hockey team headed for title contest

Redhawk senior Lily Schmoker drives the ball down the field during Tuesday's semifinal game against Rutland High. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Redhawk senior Lily Schmoker drives the ball down the field during Tuesday’s semifinal game against Rutland High. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

For the second time in three seasons, the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team is in the Division 1 championship contest.

The Redhawks’ 3-1 semifinal victory over Rutland High Tuesday night at South Burlington boosted them into the title test Saturday at the University of Vermont against the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between top seed Essex High (13-0-1) and Middlebury Union (8-4-2), the fourth seed. That game was played at Middlebury College after the Observer’s press deadline. [Read more…]

CVU and Burlington in Div. 1 soccer championship

The Redhawks celebrate during their semifinal game against Colchester, which they won 3-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

The Redhawks celebrate during their semifinal game against Colchester, which they won 3-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright 

Observer correspondent

A familiar autumn setting is coming up for the undefeated (17-0) Champlain Valley Union High girls’ soccer team Saturday.

The second-seeded Redhawks will be on the artificial turf at Burlington High School Saturday, hoping to capture their fourth straight championship trophy and their second consecutive undefeated season. Game time was to be announced by the Vermont Principals Association. [Read more…]

Young CVU harriers bag state title and runner-up slot

Sophie Gorman (above) led the CVU girls cross country team to its sixth straight state championship. (Observer courtesy photos by Dan Grossman)

Sophie Gorman (above) led the CVU girls cross country team to its sixth straight state championship. (Observer courtesy photos by Dan Grossman)

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent 

Once again, the Champlain Valley Union High girls’ cross country team rules Vermont Division 1.

Since it is its sixth straight championship and 11th over the past 12 years, one might ask, “So what else is new?” [Read more…]

Looking back at past Halloween traditions

A Halloween prank from years past involved pushing over and rolling away the bandstand, seen above.

A Halloween prank from years past involved pushing over and rolling away the bandstand, seen above.

Observer staff report

On Friday, legions of spooky trick-or-treaters will hit the streets of Williston, scaring residents and coming away with sugary rewards. Years ago, residents recall a little less treating and a lot more tricking. 

In Richard Allen’s book, “North Williston: Down Depot Hill,” he describes two “North Williston boys, Charles Irish and Bob Chapman, along with some friends” who set their sights on the bandstand that used to stand at the intersection of Depot Road and Williston Road. [Read more…]

Library Notes

Does your employer offer directed giving or a matching gift program? The library is fund raising for a new bookmobile. Your donation is tax-deductible. Please contact Marti Fiske at the library if you need more information for your employer’s giving program.

Youth News

Make It! Rubber Band Bracelets

Monday, Nov. 3, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Bring your own loom, use one of the library’s or just use your fingers! For grade K and up. Presented by Food for Thought Teen Group. Pre-register at 878-4918.

Read to a Dog

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Bring a book and read to Oli the Samoyed, a therapy dog registered with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. All ages. Call 878-4918 to pre-register for individual reading sessions. [Read more…]

Service, community and climate change

By Ben Civiletti

Fresh out of college, I know first hand that it can be difficult to find work—especially meaningful work—these days. In an era of many complex challenges, the state of the world can feel depressing, and embarking on life as an adult, a little daunting.

That is why I feel lucky to have begun service as an AmeriCorps member, proudly working with the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network in their effort to support Vermont’s town energy committees. In the less than two months since I began, I have come to admire these volunteer, grassroots groups and find inspiration and hope in what they are accomplishing. They are, as we say in AmeriCorps, “getting things done”—working with their municipalities to stop wasting energy by retrofitting buildings, with their schools to bring solar online, with businesses to promote transportation solutions and more. [Read more…]