July 23, 2019

CVU softballers on a win streak

Off to their best early season in years, the Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks scored a 4-1 softball victory over Spaulding High in Barre Tuesday.

Next up, South Burlington High Thursday, a team that edged the Hawks 7-6 earlier in the young season.

The Spaulding win was the second straight for coach Paul Potter’s 2-3 CVU aggregation, following its 15-0 whacking of the Vergennnes Union Commodores on the road Saturday.

In that game, the CVU bats ignited behind winning hurler Hattie Roberts. Elizabeth Boutin chased home four runs with her two hits while Claire Potter cracked three bingles. Joining Boutin in the two-hit club were Natalie Gagnon and Lila Ottinger.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent


Two former CVU stars gain college honors

One is a freshman at the University of Vermont, the other a senior at St. Michael’s College. Both were significant athletic stars at Champlain Valley Union High prior to life on campus.

The freshman, soccer player Joe Castano, played at UVM last fall and recently was named to the Region 1 Olympic Development Program’s International Travel team. The announcement was made by the Vermont Soccer Association.

Castano is one of 18 players on the team, which will represent the United States at the Croatia games in June.

The senior is the Purple Knights’ hockey veteran Eric Robinson, who was a stellar defenseman at CVU.

Robinson was named to the Northeast 10 All-Conference second team on defense and for a third straight year, achieved Northeast 10 academic honors.

Playing in all 27 games for the Knights, Robinson had a point in each of the team’s last five games in his 10-point season, which included nine assists.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent


Baseball bats in thunder mode

For the 3-1 Champlain Valley Union High baseball team, it has been three games of whack-a-sphere.

In pounding three straight foes, the latest a 17-1 Tuesday bombing of Spaulding High in Barre, the Redhawks have put up 51 runs to but four for the opposition.

Just in time for Thursday’s delayed home opener with the 4-1 South Burlington High Rebels, who nipped the Redhawks 2-1 in a season-opening interrupted contest that had been switched to South Burlington from a soaked CVU field. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Not by hitting alone are the Redhawks getting the job done. [Read more…]

CVU tennis teams score on return to action

More than a week’s spring break did not slow down the Champlain Valley Union High tennis teams Thursday.

Playing at home, the girls scored a 7-0 victory over visiting St. Johnsbury Academy to hike their season record to a nifty 5-0. The boys triumphed by a similar 7-0 tally against their Hilltopper foes at St. Johnsbury. It was the boys’ third victory against two losses. [Read more…]

Library Notes

Youth News

Preschool Music

Mondays, 11 a.m. (except May 25) and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Up to age 5 with a caregiver.

Toddler Time Yoga and Stories

Saturday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. Simple yoga and books for children ages 1-5. Presented by Karen Allen.

Gardening Story Time

Tuesday, May 5, 11 a.m. Stories, songs and a spring garden project for children ages 3-5.

Food For Thought Teen Group

Thursday, May 7, 4-5 p.m. Grades 7-12 Teen Advisory Group. Pizza, discussion and library projects for teens. New members welcome.

Teen Job Fair and Job Hunting Tips

Monday, May 11, 6:30- 8 p.m. A panel of employers who hire teens provide advice on how to make a good first impression. Includes tips on resume writing and interviewing. Participants may pick up information on how to apply from potential employers.

After-School Movie

Friday, May 15, 3 p.m. The world’s clumsiest detective returns to the screen in this update on a slapstick comedy about the hunt for a rare diamond. Rated PG, 93 min. Free popcorn. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Spanish Playgroup

Saturday, May 16, 10:30 a.m. Spanish rhymes, books and songs for children birth to age 5. Includes a craft activity and snack. Music with Constancia and crafts with Natasha. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures.


Adult News

Sustainable Williston: Solar Energy

Monday, May 4, 6 p.m. Sustainable Williston kicks off its Sustainable Energy series with Vermont solar energy company SunCommon. Learn about costs, benefits and opportunities for home and community solar power, and bring your questions. Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Gentle Yoga 

Tuesdays except May 19, 5:30 p.m. Presented by Williston resident Jill Lang. Please bring your own mat.

Shape & Share Life Stories

Monday, May 11, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Learn to craft engaging stories from life experiences. Led by Recille Hamrell.

The Tech Tutor

Wednesday, May 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Stop by anytime during tech hours for one-on-one technology help from a teen. Guarantee a time by making a 30-minute appointment 878-4918.


First Time Homebuyer Seminar—Home Financing 101: Understanding Your Mortgage Options and Deciding What is Right for You

Wednesday, May 13, 6 p.m. Williston residents Mark and Kathy Erickson, who have 20-plus years of mortgage lending experience in northern Vermont, will share current mortgage products—FHA, VA, Conventional and Renovation—helping you determine what your home buying price range is. You will be walked through the loan process from contract to closing.

Brown Bag Book Club

Friday, May 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Want to meet others who love to discuss books? This month we will discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Books available at front desk. Dessert provided.


New in Adult Fiction

“Gathering Prey” by John Sandford. The latest in the bestselling Lucas Davenport series features the mysterious disappearances and killings of a group of panhandlers.

“Early Warnings” by Jane Smiley. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Smiley is back with a new story, a cross-generational biopic about a farming family from Iowa and their many descendants.

“Death Wears a Beauty Mask and other stories” by Mary Higgins Clark. Bestselling author Clark returns with her latest compilation of thriller and mystery short stories.


New in Youth Fiction

“Jack” by Liesl Shurtliff. A new juvenile novel featuring a modern retelling of the “true” story of the classic kids’ tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918. All events are free. www.williston.lib.vt.us


Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call 860-1677.


A number of local groups are planning events in May and need volunteers to help make their efforts a success.

COTS – Many volunteers are needed for the annual COTS Walk in Burlington. Volunteers can serve as crossing guards or help with registration, refreshments, hospitality, set-up or cleanup. May 3, 1-3 p.m. Contact Gillian Taylor at 864-7402, Ext. 207, or email gilliant@cotsonline.org.

Ethan Allen Homestead – Spend a morning helping with spring cleanup including raking, mulching, removing invasive species, stacking wood, painting, etc. May 8, 9-1 p.m. Contact Timothy Larned at 863-5744 or email timlarned@wvpd.org. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

‘You’re the one that I want’… to thank, that is

Last week, the Williston Central School Drama Department delighted audiences with their production of “Grease.” The student cast members were tremendously talented, singing and hand-jiving their way through so many familiar favorites like “Summer Nights” and “Beauty School Drop-Out.”

But as most of us know, it takes more than stage talent to put on a wonderful production. It takes a production team, complete with directors, choreographers, producers and costume designers. And it was this team of dedicated professionals who graciously asked that in an effort to keep costs down for the school community, that we not recognize them in the tradition of past plays—with a bouquet of flowers and a gift.

We honored their request, but wanted to take this opportunity to share with the Williston community how lucky we are to have such a distinguished drama program as part of our school, and how thankful we are to be the recipients of such talented adults who are dedicated to helping our students learn to “shine” on stage—whether in front of the curtain or behind the scenes.

So, thank you…

Sean Moran, artistic director

Carol Spradling, musical director

Kaity McSalis, choreographer [Read more…]

Living up to constitutional principles should be ongoing (and bipartisan) process

By Patrick Leahy 

A few years ago, I chose to stay at the helm of the Senate Judiciary Committee because my position there would allow me to defend the Constitution, while also protecting Vermont through my seniority on the Appropriations and Agriculture Committees.

Pushing our great nation to live up to the ideals reflected in the Constitution is not just a lofty goal. It is something that we must roll up our sleeves and work toward every day. It requires persistence and determination. It requires an unrelenting commitment to core American values. And sometimes it requires acknowledging that we made mistakes.

Our nation has faced times of great fear and stress and has sometimes reacted in ways that strayed from our core principles of democracy and freedom. But part of what makes our nation strong is that we admit to our mistakes, we learn from them, we try not to repeat them. We should not hide from the errors of the past. We should shine a spotlight on them, and analyze why they happened. And we must respond in ways that live up to our ideals. [Read more…]

Around Town

District principal community welcome reception

The Williston School District invites parents and community members to welcome Greg Marino as the new District Principal during an April 30 reception. The event is set for 4 to 5 p.m. in the Williston Central School Dining Room.

Marino is currently co-principal at Charlotte Central School and has been a resident of Williston for the past eight years.

Vermont Gas pipeline will be on time and on latest budget, despite delays

By John Herrick

For Vermont Digger 

Vermont Gas Systems reported last week the cost to build a natural gas pipeline from Colchester south to Middlebury is unchanged from the company’s latest cost jump announcement, despite a prolonged completion schedule and a pending regulatory proceeding involving the company’s permit to build the project.

The total cost to build the pipeline is still $154 million, according to the company’s quarterly report filed with the Public Service Board on April 17. Though the total project cost remains consistent, the company reported some new costs and savings. [Read more…]