September 20, 2019

Rutland trip next up for CVU hockey six

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
The defense solid, the offense a work in progress.
That was the outlook as the 2-1-1 Champlain Valley Union High boys’ hockey team faced off against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans Wednesday (Observer press time) at Cairns Arena.
Coach Mike Murray’s Redhawks return to action Saturday in a 3 p.m. road contest against Rutland High.
The defending Division 1 champions took third place in the annual Beech Tournament last week at Burlington’s Leddy Park.
They blanked Colchester High 3-0 in Friday night’s consolation event as Jack Locker, Tyler Bodette and Elliott Mitchell scored the goals while veteran netminder Greg Talbert racked up his second shutout of the young campaign with 15 stops.
CVU bowed to Rice Memorial 2-1 in the Thursday night tournament opener. Mitchell chalked up a first period goal for the Redhawks who where held scoreless the final two periods despite a total of 29 shots on the Rice net.

CVU girls meet Rice Friday in clash of unbeatens

Lauren Jaunich had 24 points in the Spaulding High tournament last week.

Lauren Jaunich had 24 points in the Spaulding High tournament last week.

By Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent
The annual battle for early season girls hoop supremacy comes up Friday (7 p.m.) when the 3-0 two-time defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls hoop quintet travels to South Burlington and its early season test against its championship antagonist for the past three years: Rice Memorial High. [Read more…]

Winter safety tips

Thousands of Vermonters lost power during last week’s storm. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offered the following tips to keep families safe and warm if the power goes out.

Family Safety
Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand.
During the power outage, resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information—that’s what your battery-powered radio is for.
Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes. [Read more…]

Little Details: A Christmas Wish

By Kathering Bielawa Stamper

The image on the small card is of a little girl, wearing a blue cape with tufts of reddish hair peeking out from under her hood. She stopped on a snowy path to pet a deer. Her basket of apples rests near her feet. A little brown rabbit watches from the distance.
One Christmas, when I was around eight years old, my father gave each of his four daughters lovely little foil cards in envelopes bulging with coins, tips he’d earned tending bar at his second job. The printed message inside my card read, “A Christmas wish for happiness.” My father signed in his distinctive Polish script, “from Daddy.” [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to sponsors
The Williston Girl Scouts (and the community!) would like to thank the local businesses that donated items for our Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, which was held on Dec. 7 at the town gazebo. It brings the holiday spirit and much joy to many of us!
—Williston Girl Scouts [Read more…]

How the legislature works

By State Representatives
Terry Macaig and Jim McCullough
The legislature will convene on Jan. 7, 2015. Due to the lack of a majority vote in this year’s election for governor, the full legislature will elect the governor. We will also elect a speaker of the house and president pro tem of the Senate. The president pro tem presides over the Senate when the lieutenant governor is not available. All 150 representatives, 30 senators and state officials from the governor on down will be sworn in and the hard work will begin. The speaker will assign each House member to one of 14 standing committees and the Senate Committee on Committees will appoint each Senator to at least two of the 11 standing committees. Half of the committees meet in the morning, the other half in the afternoon. House members have more time to work on bills in detail as they spend all day in one committee. Senate members divide their time in both morning and afternoon committee sessions. [Read more…]

Rec department looking for program proposals

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Williston’s new recreation director, Todd Goodwin, is looking for community instructors interested in teaching spring programs.
“We’re just starting to gear up for our spring and summer program guide,” Goodwin said. “We’re figuring out what direction to go in.”
Goodwin is asking individuals or businesses interested in teaching a class between March and August to send him a program proposal.
“It could be anything from fitness activities to art,” he said.
He is also looking for technology, sport or specialty summer camp ideas for late June to mid-August. Camps are one week, Monday to Friday, and can be full or half day.
Proposals should be turned in by Jan. 5.
The program proposal form is available on the Parks & Recreation page of the town website, Rec department looking for program proposals

Around Town

Williston resident hosts writers boot camp
Michelle Demers will host a program entitled “Writer’s Boot Camp” at the Writer’s Barn in Shelburne this January. The process-oriented, six-week course is open to writers of all interests and experience.
Demers is a writer and teacher. She holds two master’s degrees in writing—an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in professional writing. She has taught at Saint Michael’s College and currently teaches writing courses through CCV, Vermont Technical College and CVU ACCESS. [Read more…]

CVU loses longtime activities director Riell

Kevin Riell

Kevin Riell

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Champlain Valley Union High School’s longtime activities director, Kevin Riell, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, while attending an athletic directors’ conference in Washington, D.C.
CVU Principal Jeff Evans said students were notified on Monday morning, and he sent an email to parents Monday afternoon. [Read more…]

Fire and rescue seeks more staff

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent
Williston’s fire and rescue services need more staff, there was little debate about that Monday evening.
The question is, how much staff to add, and how much to spend on the new salaries?
The topic came up as the Williston Selectboard continues to review fiscal 2016 budget proposals, methodically working toward bringing a spending plan to Williston voters on Town Meeting Day.
Monday night, it was the fire department’s turn to go over the budget. [Read more…]