August 24, 2019



Charles Ivan Zea, 82, of Williston, passed away Feb. 17, 2015, in the University of Vermont Medical Center with his loving family at his side. Charlie was born April 17, 1932, in Gloversville, N.Y., the son of Ivan M. and Hazel (Frank) Zea. Charlie started his employment in 1950 with General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y., graduating from the GE Mechanist Apprentice Program in 1958 and retiring from GE Burlington in February 1993. Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Arlene; and son-in-law, Jean Guy Beaudry Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Beaudry; son, Charles B. and daughter-in-law, Dorine; grandchildren, Brian and his wife, Jennie, Erin and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Emmalyn and Kayleigh; and his special “pupper,” Alvin. Dad will be forever loved and missed. He put many smiles on our faces with his wit and humor. In fulfilling Charlie’s wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral services. He will be cremated and his ashes buried with family in Gloversville, N.Y. Arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Winooski. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.lavignefuneral In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Williston Fire Department, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495.

Recreation & Parks News

New Website

The Recreation & Parks Department has launched a new website for online registration and payment, You can register for programs and camps online and choose to pay with a credit card for a small processing fee or print out your registration form and mail or drop it off with payment of check or cash. You will automatically be enrolled as soon as your payment is made. Registration is now open for all programs and camps. 

July Fourth Celebration Committee

The Recreation & Parks Department is looking for interested community members to join the July Fourth Celebration Committee to help plan this year’s activities. Have you been part of past celebrations? Do you want to see new things being offered? If so, help plan and organize this year’s event. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Community Room. If you are unable to make that meeting, email us and we will keep you informed of upcoming meetings- We will plan to meet once each month March -June. All members of the community are encouraged to join, including residents, businesses and organizations. 

Upcoming Programs

Many programs are beginning soon. For detailed information on these programs and to register ,visit our website at

Adult Self Defense. Ages 16 and up. Saturdays, March 28-May 16, 10-11 a.m.

Adult Golf. Ages 18 and up. S1- Beginner & Adv. Beginners- Tuesdays, April 14-May 12, 5:30-6:45 p.m. S2- Beginners- Wednesdays, April 15-May 13, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Rookie Rugby- Grades 3rd-6th.Mondays & Wednesdays, April 6-April 15, 3-4:30 p.m.

Mom, Pop & Tot Gymnastics- Ages 2-3. Saturdays, April 11-May 16, 9-9:45 a.m.

Youth Lacrosse, Grades 3-8.Weeknight practices, weekend games, March-June.

Letters to the Editor

Water quality

I serve on the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee in Legislature. My committee has been dealing with stormwater issues for the 8 years I have served on it. This year’s legislation out of my committee asks for a study on the creation and implementation of a statewide stormwater management program. [Read more…]

SBAC: the new, national, standardized test

By the CVU School Board

In 2010, Vermont adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in math and English. Since that time, Chittenden South Supervisory Union schools have been working diligently to integrate these more rigorous standards into daily lesson plans. The aims of these standards are to:

1. Provide high-quality academic standards that are consistent across the country

2. Raise the bar for student achievement

3. Help ensure that students are college and career ready [Read more…]

Academic Honors

CVU students earn accolades

Molly Parker was selected the 2015 Section 1 recipient of the “National High School Heart of the Arts Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Abby Keim and Alec Collins took a solid first place in the State Debate Tournament.

Rice honor roll

Rice Memorial High School recently announced that the following Williston students were named to the honor roll. [Read more…]

Dozens protest gas pipeline at board’s office

Public Service Board to reconsider project in summer

By John Herrick

For Vermont Digger

Residents from across the state traveled to Montpelier last week to ask the Public Service Board to revoke Vermont Gas’ state permit to continue construction of a natural gas pipeline through Addison County.

About three dozen pipeline protesters crowded the hall and filled the hearing room at the Public Service Board’s offices, carrying posters and wearing T-shirts expressing their opposition to the project. [Read more…]

Pancake breakfast Sunday

The Williston Fire Department will host its 23rd Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to noon at the fire station. Fire Department staff will serve a full breakfast, host fire station tours, let kids climb inside a fire truck and provide information for those interested in joining the department.

Firefighter Dave Auriemma said the department typically serves between 900 and 1,200 people at the community event.

The breakfast is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for kids and free for those under 2. The money raised provides stipends and support for volunteers and call staff, Auriemma said.

Carbon monoxide sends two workers to hospital

Observer staff report

The Williston Fire Department is reminding residents of the dangers of carbon monoxide after two contractors working in Williston were brought to the hospital earlier this month after being exposed to high carbon monoxide levels.

On March 12, just after 2 p.m., the Williston Fire Department went to Michael Lane. Firefighters arrived to find two contractors who had been working on a home. One worker was feeling dizzy and nauseous with what was described as “flu-like symptoms,” while the other worker was barely responsive, according to Firefighter Prescott Nadeau. [Read more…]

CVU’s Riell remembered with scholarship

By Sheri Duff

Special to the Observer

The outpouring of support extended to Kevin Riell’s family after his unexpected death in December has resulted in a Champlain Valley Union High scholarship named for the school’s longtime director of co-curricular activity.

“The Riell family is humbled by all the donations made in Kevin’s memory,” said Linda Riell, Kevin’s wife. “We wanted to honor him and felt like a scholarship would be a perfect way to do just that.” [Read more…]

Hoosier at the helm

Otley’s lifelong passion helps team shatter record

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

In the past three seasons, Champlain Union High girls basketball has risen from a solid competitive program to record-setting heights under the direction of Ute Otley—who hails from Indiana, where the sport is the personification of preoccupation. [Read more…]