April 20, 2019

CVU gymnasts are third in state meet 

By Mal Boright 
Observer correspondent

As expected, a deep and talented top-seeded Essex High gymnastics team rolled to its 10th straight Vermont championship Saturday, while an injury-plagued second-seeded Champlain Valley Union High team wound up in third place.

The Redhawks were nosed out of their usual runner-up slot by a young South Burlington High team. The Essex team’s winning points total was 144.42 to South Burlington’s 130.4 and CVU’s 128.95. Eight teams competed.

Sophomore Kylie Svarczkopf of the Hornets was the all-around champion after victories on the bars, balance beam and vault. [Read more…]

CVU boys hockey team in title defense

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The defending Division 1 Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team opened defense of its crown Wednesday night (Observer press time) on its home Cairns Arena ice against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.

The two teams finished the regular campaign with 12-7-1 with CVU snagging the home ice of the number four seed, thanks in part to a 2-1 Cairns Arena victory over the Bobwhites Jan. 31. BFA had whipped the Redhawks in an early-season encounter in St. Albans and held the fifth seed. [Read more…]

Upstart CVU hoop guys eye Rutland next

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Having shocked fifth-seeded Middlebury Union High Tuesday night in the opening round of the Division 1 playoffs, coach Mike Osborne and his 12th-seeded Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks will travel to Rutland Friday night at 7 p.m. for a collision with fourth-seeded 18-3 Rutland High.

The Red Raiders earned their way to the quarterfinal with a 62-44 home triumph over 13th-seeded Mount Anthony Union Tuesday. [Read more…]

Redhawks and Rice set for annual tourney contest

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

For three winters now, the defending Champlain Union High girls’ basketball team and Rice Memorial High have collided in the Division 1 championship game at the University of Vermont’s Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium, with CVU winning the last two.

Saturday, the 22-0 Redhawks and 15-6 Green Knights will once again engage in an exchange of baskets on the UVM court, this year in a semifinal battle. Game time is 5 p.m. with the winner going to next week’s title test against the victor of a 7 p.m. clash between Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans (19-3) and Essex High (17-5). [Read more…]


David ‘Button’ Isham (3/8/35) 80th birthday card shower celebration

David Isham

David Isham

1935 was the era of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. FDR was president, Elvis Presley was born, Monopoly was first introduced, the Social Security Act became law, the #1 car on the road was a Ford and the cost of a gallon of gas was ten cents. David Isham was born in the family farmhouse, which he still calls home. The Jersey cows were milked that morning and evening; the smells of sugaring scented the air. Baby David was “as cute as a button,” and the name stuck.

The family of David Isham requests that his birthday be celebrated with a card shower. Friends, family and neighbors are encouraged to send birthday wishes to 3517 Oak Hill Rd., Williston, VT 05495. [Read more…]

Library Notes

For Adults and Kids

Makerspace: Circuit Board Clocks

Monday, March 9, 6 p.m. You’ll use power drills and other tools to create wall clocks using old computer parts. See what’s inside and tear it apart to make your own design. Presented by Andy Mosedale of MISmakers. Ages 9 and up. Pre-register. [Read more…]

Little Details: Southern diversion

By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

High Tea it was for my 50th birthday. We reserved a table at The Gryphon where a Savannah College of Art (SCAD) student sated us with pots of Earl Grey and English Breakfast. We sampled tasty tea sandwiches with cukes and creamed cheese. We treated ourselves to the prettiest little petit fours—eye candy first, food second.

I’d had a week to ponder the setting for my birthday meal. Savannah, renowned for its Southern cooking, offered many choices. My vegetarian palate narrowed the field considerably. I’d forgo crab cakes, fried corn dogs and the Queen of Southern Cuisine—Paula Deen—whose Lady and Sons restaurant resided nearby. [Read more…]

Working together to clean up Vermont’s waters

By Deb Markowitz 

This past month, Gov. Peter Shumlin opened the legislative session with an unprecedented focus on the environment. Understanding that global climate change threatens our way of life, the governor announced new initiatives aimed at continuing to expand our renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors—creating jobs, saving Vermonters money and doing our part to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. He also talked at length about our Clean Water Initiative and Lake Champlain restoration plan. [Read more…]

Around Town

Kindergarten registration April 6-9

Pre-registration has begun for Williston and St. George students who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015. Parents and guardians can go to the school district’s website, wsdvt.org, and click on a link at the bottom of the page called “Kindergarten Pre-Registration” to provide the school with your student’s information. Registration appointments can be made during the month of March by following instructions that will be mailed with the registration packet. Bring a copy of your child’s current immunizations, birth certificate and proof of residency to your appointment. Registration will be held at Allen Brook School. For more information, call 871-6200. [Read more…]

Champlain Valley Union High announces honor roll

The following students from Williston and St. George earned a place on the Champlain Valley Union High second quarter honor roll.

High Honors

Chiara J. Antonioli, Jared S. Avery, Kelsie D. Barnes, Samara G. Bissonette, Erica A. Bliss, Erica M. Bouton, Olivia V. Brissette, Max H. Brown, Jade A. Byrne, Natalie F. Casson, Michael E. Chirgwin, Hayley S. Clos, Alec J. Collins, Maddie I. Collins, Lily M. Cote, Julia C. Cronan, Janina B. Cuneo, Amanda V. Daniels, Jacqueline R. Davies, Rebecca M. DeCamp, Brigitte N. Durieux, Laura A. Durkee, Caleb M. Geffken, Sarah E. Gelin, Katherine E. Gingras, Gregory H. Goldman, Jeffrey M. Goldman, Matthew R. Goldsborough, Logan J. Griswold, Claire E. Gugerty, Theodore E. Hadley, Grace L. Hemmelgarn, Julia G. Higa, Stephanie B. Joseph, Alexander D. Kaplan, Kaitlyn L. Kaplan, Alexa M. Kartschoke, Abigail C. Keim, Joshua A. Klein, Lydia A. Koutras, Carly A. Labrie, Thomas B. Lang, Mark J. Lang, Shana R. Leonard, Taya M. LePrevost, Cunhao Lu, Shorya Malhotra, Christopher T. Mallow, Justin D. McQuiston, Alexis E. Meyer, Nicholas J. Mogielnicki, Lydia R. Moreman, Carly J. Neeld, Paige C. Niarchos, Lauren E. Palmer, Jacob N. Parker, William F. Pasley, Danielle E. Peters, Deagan C. Poland, Lindsey M. Raymond, Christopher J. Reiss, Gabriella D. Ribeiro, Kelsie M. Saia, Shea A. Savage, Lillian R. Schmoker, Samantha J. Shanks, Rachel E. Slimovitch, Loran T. Stearns, Anna Steeley-Gomis, Lucien A. Theriault, Hannah Tiballi, Zachary S. Varricchione, Halina C. Vercessi-Clarke, Kolena A. Vercessi-Clarke, Christian R. Vien. Kellie L. Weening, Sean M. Yarolin, Thomas H. Zych [Read more…]