July 20, 2018

Success for CVU girls junior varsity fall teams

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The future looks good for the Champlain Valley girls’ soccer and field hockey teams.
This fall, coach Katherine Riley’s jayvee girls soccer unit put up an unblemished 14-0 record, while Enid Wonnacott’s field hockey juniors went 10-1-2, with a late season game at Middlebury canceled. [Read more…]

Start the holidays in the giving spirit

Observer staff report

Holiday deals have started popping up all over Williston—and so have opportunities to give to less fortunate neighbors.
◆ Dozens of red collection barrels for Toys for Kids of Vermont are stationed around Williston and Chittenden County. A volunteer program sponsored by the Vermont Marine Corps League, Toys for Kids of Vermont collects new, unwrapped toys during the Christmas season and oversees their distribution to needy children in Vermont. All money collected stays in Vermont and is used to purchase age-appropriate toys to supplement donations, and gift cards for older children. Monetary donations can be sent to Toys for Kids, PO Box 4092, Burlington, VT 05406. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities
Tis the season to volunteer.Choose one of the options below or go towww.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners, or call 860-1677.

TIED WITH A BOW
Two groups are looking for volunteers to wrap gifts to be distributed to those who would otherwise go without. [Read more…]

Energy Co-op of Vermont launches heat pump leasing program

Observer staff report
The Energy Co-op of Vermont recently announced the launch of Co-op Heat Pumps, a new heat pump leasing program. The Co-op Heat Pump program offers homeowners a super-efficient Fujitsu heat pump for less than $40 a month on a 10-year lease, with an upfront payment of less than $300. [Read more…]

New Williston Smaller Footprint group forms

Improving one’s carbon footprint and becoming more resilient to extreme weather events
Observer staff report
Sustainable Williston’s new Smaller Footprint group offers a way for residents to make big improvements in their individual, family or small business carbon footprint and become more resilient to extreme weather events by working with other community members in a friendly, laid-back environment. [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 at the library if you need more information.
Winter Holidays Party
Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Kids can make a gingerbread house or other holiday crafts while adults help decorate the library for the winter holidays. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Preregister children for crafts.

Youth News
Story Time
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Preschoolers are introduced to a variety of books and authors while gaining early literacy skills. Followed by a simple craft activity. Dec. 2: Hats and Mittens; Dec. 9: Crazy Colors; Dec. 16: Let it Snow. (No story time Dec. 23 and 30). For children ages 3-5. No pre-registration. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Food insecurity

While I appreciate the effort put forth to try to understand the plight of too many in our state, I want to add a few more things about food insecurity.
Having children adds a strange complication to being on such a tight budget.
Happily, Vermont participates in the WIC program, which is a great help, delivering cereal, milk, eggs, bread and cheese to eligible households twice a month, if not on their doorstep, then to a central location. Unscrupulous neighbors have been known to steal food off front steps and some people have transportation problems, but it is a great help. [Read more…]

Lower costs, cover everyone, protect choice

By Bea Grause

Like all Vermonters, our not-for-profit hospitals believe in providing more affordable access to everyone, preserving quality and protecting the right patients have to choose their doctor and hospital and make their own healthcare decisions. These principles must be at the heart of our work in the coming months. [Read more…]

Williston, SU schools receive mentoring grant

Williston eighth grade student Allyssa Downs poses with her mentor, Laura Gigliotti. Mobius recently awarded a grant to Connecting Youth, which provides mentoring programs in Williston, Charlotte, Hinesburg and Shelburne.

Williston eighth grade student Allyssa Downs poses with her mentor, Laura Gigliotti. Mobius recently awarded a grant to Connecting Youth, which provides mentoring programs in Williston, Charlotte, Hinesburg and Shelburne.

Observer staff report
Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, recently awarded a $22,000 grant to the Chittenden South Supervisory Union, to support the Connecting Youth (CY) mentoring programs in Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne and Williston.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity and capacity to expand our mentoring programs with the help of this grant award,” said CY Program Director Christine Lloyd-Newberry. “In recent years we’ve seen increasing numbers of students who are requesting to be a part of the program, which speaks volumes about its impact and status in the schools. We are so excited to be able to respond with a resounding ‘YES!’” [Read more…]

Local shops get ready for Small Business Saturday

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
With many Black Friday deals already underway, business groups and Williston stores are encouraging people to spend some time shopping locally on Small Business Saturday.
“When you shop local and shop small, you’re supporting your friends and neighbors,” said Shawn Souldice, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business’s Vermont Chapter. “You’re supporting your community, keeping most of that money right on Main Street.” [Read more…]