May 19, 2019

Local teen installs Williston disc golf course

Cole Bartlett tosses a disc at the basket after installing a course at Williston Community Park in late November. (Observer courtesy photo by Alex Pintair)

Cole Bartlett tosses a disc at the basket after installing a course at Williston Community Park in late November. (Observer courtesy photo by Alex Pintair)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Even before local teenager Cole Bartlett finished installing baskets for a disc golf course in Williston Community Park, people were beginning to play.
“We already had a father and young son practicing on the course before we were complete,” said Bartlett’s father, Bill Bartlett. “I think he was 4 or 5 and really excited…. There were a couple of families out playing on the course during the Thanksgiving break, even though the tee pads are not yet complete.” [Read more…]

Locals prepare for First Night celebrations

Lyric Theatre performers are set to present the organization's greatest hits at First Night Burlington.

Lyric Theatre performers are set to present the organization’s greatest hits at First Night Burlington.

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
As 2014 winds to a close, several Williston residents are preparing to help Vermonters ring in the New Year at First Night Burlington.
First Night Burlington is Vermont’s largest, single-day arts festival, providing an accessible, affordable and substance-free New Year’s Eve celebration to thousands of locals.
“It’s a really wonderful depiction of how tightly knit our community is,” said Sarah Stickle, First Night production and artist relations manager. “It’s a great place to connect through music and art and have a great time with your family and closest friends and see your neighbors.” [Read more…]

NETS eyes former Pine Ridge School property

The former Pine Ridge School property has been empty since the school closed in 2009, after 40 years in operation. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

The former Pine Ridge School property has been empty since the school closed in 2009, after 40 years in operation. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
The former Pine Ridge School campus, which has stood empty since the school closed in 2009, may soon see life again.
Representatives from the NETS Institute for Church Planting, which established the Christ Memorial Church in Williston, met informally with the Williston Planning Commission on Dec. 16.
Dave Appenzellar, NETS executive director, said NETS is working with People’s United Bank on a deal, but has not signed a purchase and sales agreement or submitted any paperwork to the town. [Read more…]

Recipe Corner: Christmas treats

By Ginger Isham

Many years ago, I had a fruitcake recipe that I made for the holidays right after Thanksgiving. It made three loaves and kept very well, soaked with rum. The following recipe is my substitute until I find the real thing again.

Fruitcake Squares
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
3/4 cup each green and red candied cherries, halved
1/2 cup chopped candied pineapple
3/4 cup chopped dates
1 cup pecan halves
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Pour melted butter into a 9×13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle wafer crumbs evenly over butter. Arrange cherries, pineapple, dates and pecans evenly over crumbs. Press down gently over all. Mix milk and vanilla and pour over top. Bake at 350 degrees fro 20-25 minutes. [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Williston’s winter wonderland

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Williston’s recreation path and the surrounding trees were covered in snow on Saturday, after a snowstorm earlier in the week. Observer photo by Al Frey

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POPCORN: “The Pyramid” Pointless Horror

 

1/2 popcorn

1/2 popcorn

“The Pyramid”

Pointless Horror

½ of a popcorn

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

I have seen my share of horror movies, some gruesome, some absolutely terrifying, others jump- out-of-your-seat shocking and many just plain dumb. But when it comes to simply making its principal characters torturously and unceasingly miserable, director Grégory Levasseur’s “The Pyramid” takes Miss Havisham’s cake. This is typical B-movie horror, structurally unchanged since the sub-genre took form in the 1950s. All that’s missing is the forgivable innocence of nascency and the hokey effects that, in retrospect, made such films laughably campy.

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Who should be screened for lung cancer?

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I’m wondering if he should be checked out.
—Concerned Spouse

Dear Concerned,
According to recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—an independent panel of medical experts that advises the government on health policies—if your husband is between the ages of 55 and 80, is a current smoker or quit within the last 15 years, and has a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years, he’s at high risk for lung cancer and should talk to his doctor about getting screened.
Pack years are determined by multiplying the number of packs he smoked daily by the number of years he smoked. [Read more…]

HUB Happenings

NEFCU acquires Health One
New England Federal Credit Union of Williston announced last week that it has acquired Health One Credit Union, a financial institution serving communities in Michigan and Ohio. The acquisition, which was finalized on Dec. 12, makes Health One a division of NEFCU and adds more than 3,000 members and $15 million in assets to Vermont’s largest credit union.
NEFCU has more than 91,000 members and $1 billion in assets. The acquisition of Health One is part of NEFCU’s strategy to expand into new markets that provide opportunities for future growth.
Health One Credit Union serves employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield in Michigan, and Medical Mutual in Ohio, in addition to its community charter. The institution was placed into conservatorship in May 2014 by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, which together with the National Credit Union Administration managed Health One prior to the acquisition, according to John Dwyer, president and CEO of NEFCU.
“As a result of NCUA’s intervention, and following a thorough review by our own team, we have found Health One to be a worthwhile addition to NEFCU,” said Dwyer. “In order for us to continue to provide the types of services and technologies that our members have come to expect, it’s important that we look for opportunities for growth that are consistent with our strengths and our strategic goals. Expanding out of state through this acquisition is a sensible approach that will benefit members of both NEFCU and Health One.” [Read more…]

New business brings passion for premium wood

The Tree House staff (from left) Jeremy Ravelin, Lucas Jenson and Carl Farnsworth hold a slab or black walnut.  (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

The Tree House staff (from left) Jeremy Ravelin, Lucas Jenson and Carl Farnsworth hold a slab or black walnut.
(Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
A group of passionate woodworkers has set up a new shop for their fellow enthusiasts.
The Tree House provides materials and custom mill work for professional woodworkers, as well as hobbyists.
“I look at this business as an enabler for all of the talented craftsmen out there, whether they are basement weekend warrior types or professional woodworkers,” said owner and Williston resident Lucas Jenson. “We are here to support them with materials that are easily accessible at fair prices, with great service, as well as knowledge and passion.” [Read more…]

Thursday home opener for CVU boys hoops

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
The home Bremner Gymnasium hardwood floor will be looking good to the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team Thursday night.
That’s when the Redhawks appear before the Red and White loyalists for the first time this young season, with Mount Mansfield Union providing the opposition. Opening varsity tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Cougars came into the week with a 2-0 record, having popped North Country Union 68-48 last Thursday in their home Jericho Center digs. MMU has a few returning veterans from last season’s combine that went to the Division 1 finals before falling to title holder Rice Memorial. [Read more…]