August 24, 2019


June Marie (Nolan) Poodiack passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House after a long, brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 42.
June was born on Jan. 31, 1972, at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., to Michael Nolan and June Nolan. The family lived in New York for a time before settling in Danbury and Bethel, Conn., attending St. Peter’s School in Danbury, and Bethel High School, from which she graduated in 1990. June earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Theater Arts from Western Connecticut State University in 1994.
From the age of three, June knew that she wanted to dance, taking classes first at Carvette School of Dance, then at Jacki’s Dance Factory in Danbury, where she remained for several years. Her love of dance blossomed at Jacki’s, and she soon became an assistant and then a teacher. She also taught at the Wilton Dance Studio. June’s love of the stage led her to participate for several years in the summer program at Musicals at Richter in Danbury, as well as onstage and backstage roles at Western Connecticut State University, The Brookfield Playhouse, and the Sherman Playhouse. It was while working backstage at the Brookfield Playhouse that she met her eventual husband, Rob Poodiack in 1991. They married at St. Mary’s Church in Bethel on Aug. 13, 1994. [Read more…]

Sports Roundup

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Led by all-around victor Emma Lieberman, the Champlain Valley Union High gymnasts soared to a 128.5-104.2 victory over visiting Milton High last Wednesday at Green Mountain Gymnastics.
Lieberman was a dominant force, winning three competitions (vault, bars, floor exercise) and taking second in a fourth (balance beam).
The Redhawks return to action Tuesday at Middlebury Union High. [Read more…]

CVU boys basketball five home to Seahorses Saturday

Jed Morris drives to the basket during Thursday's game against Mount Mansfield Union.

Jed Morris drives to the basket during Thursday’s game against Mount Mansfield Union. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
Saturday, the day after England and Canada’s traditional Boxing Day, will be box-out day for the rebound-challenged 0-4 Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team.
At 12:30, the Redhawks will tangle with a tough Burlington High squad at Bremner Gymnasium. The Seahorses’ lone loss coming into this week was a narrow decision to the undefeated defending Division 1 champions Rice Memorial High.
Following this game, CVU will return to action Tuesday at South Burlington High and then return home for games Saturday (Jan. 3) against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans (12:30 p.m.) and Tuesday (Jan. 6) when Missisquoi Valley Union visits the Hinesburg House of Hoops. [Read more…]

Visit to unbeaten Comets next for 4-0 CVU hoop girls

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
When the Champlain Valley Union High high-flying Redhawks girls basketball team reassembles after Christmas, it will face a second straight contest against an undefeated team on its cozy (to the foe) home court.
Coach Ute Otley’s Red and White-clads will motor up I-89 Saturday to meet 3-0 Bellows Free Academy for a 2:30 p.m. start at the Comets’ lair.
In their most recent outing, the Comets laid a 57-30 licking on home standing 0-4 Mount Mansfield Union last Friday night. [Read more…]

Vermonter at Large: CVU Athletic Director Kevin Riell, an appreciation

By Mal Boright

The shocking sudden passing last week of Champlain Valley Union High Director of Student Activities (athletic director) Kevin Riell leaves a saddened CVU and community at large with an emptiness that will be with us a long time.
Kevin was the consummate professional, plus a warm personal friend and treasured associate to his colleagues and associates who reported to him in their roles as coaches and advisers.
To this reporter, he was always cheerful, helpful and quick to respond to the occasional question that might arise in the telling of a CVU sports tale. He would even discuss the latest mostly bad news from his beloved New York Giants with a smile and twinkle in his eyes. [Read more…]

Library Notes

Does your employer offer directed giving or a matching gift program? Your donation for our bookmobile is tax-deductible. Contact Marti if you need more information.
Library holiday hours
The library is closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1. The library is closing at 3 p.m. on Dec.31.

Youth News
Spanish Musical Playgroup
Saturday, Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m. Non-Spanish speakers welcome. Spanish music, books and art activity for children birth to age 5. Snack included. Music with Constancia and art with Natasha. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures.
Drop in Craft: Make a Beaded Snowflake
Stop by the youth area during the last week of December and make a glittery window ornament. All ages. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Bright Light’s Project; Go Green
Our project, the Bright Light’s Project, for our Money, Energy and Power class at CVU, is aimed at benefiting the Hinesburg community.
We have identified the traffic light at the intersection of CVU Road/Shelburne Falls Road and Route 116 as a system that can be improved and made more efficient. We have found many CVU students and citizens of Hinesburg to be idling in large amounts of unnecessary traffic. [Read more…]

Now is not the time

By Gov. Peter Shumlin
Last week, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my public life when I announced that I cannot support a move to a publicly financed health care system in Vermont at this time. I have advocated for such a system for much of my public life, but over the past two weeks it has become clear to me that the risks and economic shocks of moving forward at this time are too great. [Read more…]

Students hold pajama drive

KinderStart students (from left) Ethan Juiffre, 3 of St. George, Mina Palmer, 3 of Williston and Karli Long, 5, of Williston display pajamas brought in for the Great Bed Time Story Pajama Drive.

KinderStart students (from left) Ethan Juiffre, 3 of St. George, Mina Palmer, 3 of Williston and Karli Long, 5, of Williston display pajamas brought in for the Great Bed Time Story Pajama Drive.

Observer staff report
KinderStart Preschool in Williston is hosting a Great Bed Time Story Pajama Drive through January. Students are collecting pajamas of all sizes for all ages, though there is a higher need for pajamas for older children. The drive supports Pajama Program, which works to deliver warm sleepwear and nurturing books to children in need nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. [Read more…]

Around Town

Vermont Gas raises pipeline cost, again
Vermont Gas on Friday raised its estimate for the Addison Rutland Natural Gas pipeline—the second significant increase.
Vermont Gas now anticipates the pipeline will cost $154 million, up from its original $86 million estimate. [Read more…]