May 24, 2019

Mitchell helps boys lax add wins

Since recovering from a 0-4 start to the season, the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team has placed itself in the middle of postseason conversations while lifting its overall record to 8-6.

A huge victory came Friday, a 13-9 triumph over highly regarded 11-3 Middlebury on the road. Senior Elliott Mitchell, a lean, goal-getting machine, fired five scores in leading the CVU assault.

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CVU girls earn top seed in Div 1 team tournament

Observer courtesy photo CVU’s Kathy Joseph (left) triumphed over Ayame Yazawa (right) of St. Johsbury Academy in the Division 1 tournament.

Observer courtesy photo
CVU’s Kathy Joseph (left) triumphed over Ayame Yazawa (right) of St. Johsbury Academy in the Division 1 tournament.

Led by newly crowned (for a second straight season) individual champion Kathy Joseph, coach Amy deGroot’s undefeated girls tennis team heads into this week’s Division 1 playdowns as the top seed.

The 13-0 Redhawks will play at their home Davis Park in Shelburne courts against the winner of an opening round match Tuesday between ninth-seeded Rutland High (7-7) and eighth seed Burlington High (8-6). [Read more…]

Falcons-Redhawks in regular season closer Thursday

Observer photos by Al Frey

Observer photos by Al Frey

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The regular season comes to an end for the Champlain Valley Union High baseball team Thursday when the North Country Union High Falcons swoop into Hinesburg for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

The game could have a bearing on the top seed in the Division 1 playdowns starting next week. The 14-1 Redhawks and 14-1 (entering the week) Rice Memorial Green Knights, the defending champs, are in contention for the slot. [Read more…]

Rebels at CVU Friday for girls lax season closer

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

In the hunt for a reasonably high seeding in the Vermont Principal’s Association Division 1 playoff pairings, The Champlain Valley Union High girls’ lacrosse team closes out the regular season Friday (4:30 p.m.) by entertaining 9-5 South Burlington High.

Tuesday’s scheduled contest at Essex High was moved to Wednesday (Observer press time).

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Legislative wrap: water quality law gets mixed reviews from environmentalists

By John Herrick
For Vermont Digger 

A landmark water quality bill that sets a road map for slowing pollution into Vermont’s waterways was the centerpiece of the Vermont Legislature’s 2015 environmental scorecard.

The bill, H.35, includes new rules for runoff that target pollution flowing from farms, roads and developed areas. But many of the policy changes have yet to be finalized and others will take effect next year. The bill raises $7.5 million next year for water quality initiatives, but water quality advocates say the bill does not raise nearly enough. (Previous water cleanup costs were estimated at $150 million per year for 10 years.) [Read more…]

Using raised beds and rain barrels in sustainable gardening

Observer photo by Deborah Miuccio Growing vegetables and herbs in raised beds can make gardening easier and more fun.

Observer photo by Deborah Miuccio
Growing vegetables and herbs in raised beds can make gardening easier and more fun.

By Deborah Miuccio
Special to the Observer

There is something deeply satisfying about eating food you’ve grown yourself. What’s more, backyard produce tastes better. Freshly picked vegetables contain higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than food trucked in from far away. Kids who refuse spinach at the dinner table will gladly eat it right out of the garden. New studies have found that contact with soil can even make you feel happy and relaxed, because it contains antidepressant microbes that can stimulate serotonin production. Gardening sustainably—without using pesticides or synthetic fertilizers—results in healthier plants for you, as well as for the natural ecosystem in your garden. [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. You can find more information at

Book sale

May 26 – June 30: The library is accepting donations of materials for our annual book sale. The library cannot accept reference and travel books more than five years old, games, puzzles, condensed books (Reader’s Digest), magazines, textbooks, VHS, audio cassettes, encyclopedias, sheet music and maps. All materials must be clean, in good condition and dropped off when the library is open. You may ask for a tax receipt. Please sign up now if you would like to volunteer for the sale. [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor

Thank you, Ginger

As a legislator, I know I am never able to speak with a voice everyone can agree with.

As a lifelong (so far) resident of Williston, sensing and experiencing [Read more…]

Colleges must do more to meet low-income students’ needs

By Tim Hall

Paying for college may soon become easier—especially for low-income students.

President Obama just issued a Student Aid Bill of Rights that orders the federal government to find ways to help students repay their loans. The presidential directive will also hold those that service federal loans to higher standards.

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Academic Honors

Local students graduate

The following Williston and St. George students graduated this spring.

Sharon Alajajian graduated with a Master of Science degree in statistics from the University of Vermont.

Christine Albertelli earned a Bachelor of Science in nutrition: dietetics from the University of New Hampshire, Cum Laude.

Nicholas Allgaier graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in mathematical sciences from UVM. [Read more…]