August 24, 2019

Library Notes

The library needs volunteers for the book sale, especially on July 4 for sales assistance and clean up. There are several options:

July 1 (3:30 p.m.): Only a 20-minute job. The tables need to be set in place in the gym. Bring work gloves.

July 2 (8 a.m. – noon): Transport books from library to gym next door and unpack onto tables. Heavy lifting if you move boxes, none if you unpack. Please loan us a dolly if you have one.

July 4 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.): We need people to assist shoppers and keep tables organized at the sale. No lifting necessary.

July 4 (2-4 p.m.): After the sale, repack books, break down tables and sweep up. Heavy lifting for moving tables and repacked books, but none if packing. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Is this the last year of the Fourth of July
book sale? 

If the Friends of the Library don’t get more volunteers to help with the book sale, we can’t continue to sponsor it. We sort, set up and sell thousands of books each year. The money made at the book sale benefits library programs.

However, without more help, we can’t go on!

Specifically, we need help on July 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. We move the books from the library to the gym in the school. Once in the gym, the books are put out on tables.

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Our community’s largest investment: CVU grads

By members of the 

CVU School Board

Many years ago, Hillary Clinton famously reminded us that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” On Friday, June 12, Champlain Valley Union High graduated the Class of 2015 and the Chittenden South Supervisory Union “villages” said farewell and good luck to another cohort of their collective children—students who have benefitted not just from our tax dollars, but from the myriad ways in which we engage with our youngest residents. As board members, we spend a great deal of time thinking about our school’s mission, policies and priorities, trying to balance what is best for kids with what is best for the school budget. At graduation time, we pause in this work and, as good parents are wont to do as their children fly from the proverbial nest, we ask, how did our villages do in “raising” our students? [Read more…]

Academic Honors

Williston Central School awards

The following students received awards at the Williston Central School graduation ceremony on June 11.

Allen S. Myers Spirit of Williston Award: Jacob Murphy; Eryn Erdman; Jimmy Jiang; Nicole Eaton; Delaney Ruggles; Allison Selwah

Al Myers Spirit of History Award: Silas Cote

Gordon Jones Memorial Award: Nicole Eaton

Science Award: Jessica Gagne [Read more…]

Friendly faces at Lake Iroquois

Greeters will provide invasive aquatic plant education

Observer staff report

Four Willistonians will be at Lake Iroquois this summer to greet boaters, swimmers and fishers.

The Lake Iroquois Association has hired a team of young people to serve as greeters at the State Fishing Access. This year’s greeters are all from Williston—Chloe Trifilio, Warren Grunvald and Katie and Julie Macuga. Katie Macuga is in her second year as a greeter and will serve as coordinator of the group, scheduling shifts and working with the town’s financial officer, Susan Lamb, to report the hours worked by each greeter. [Read more…]

Around Town

Town sets tax rate

Homeowners will get a tiny reprieve on their property tax bills. 

During its June 15 meeting, the Selectboard set the municipal tax rate at .28 cents per $100 of value—half a cent lower than what was projected at Town Meeting in March, since the town’s grand list increased more than projected. The rate is a penny increase from last year’s rate. [Read more…]

Grand opening set for St. George Schoolhouse

Observer courtesy photos St. George’s Little Red Schoolhouse is nearly restored. A grand opening is set for Sunday.

Observer courtesy photos
St. George’s Little Red Schoolhouse is nearly restored. A grand opening is set for Sunday.

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By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

After three years of work, the restoration of St. George’s Little Red Schoolhouse is nearly complete.

A grand opening is set for Sunday, June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

 “Senator Jean Ankeney of St. George would be pleased if she were alive as it was her dream that the Little Red Schoolhouse be saved,” said Ginger Isham, a member of the St. George Historic and Conservation Trust’s Board of Directors. “It is on its way to nearly being finished, but we still need funds to complete the work, especially outside.” [Read more…]

Spring water recalled

Observer staff report

Hannaford and Shaws supermarkets are recalling some brands of bottled water after evidence of E. Coli was found at the water source.

Niagara Bottling issued a recall for spring water products produced from its Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities between June 10 and June 18. 

The “best by” codes on outer-wrap shrink-film or on the bottle for the affected cases would be between Dec. 8 and 16, 2016 and the product codes begin with the letter F or A.  [Read more…]

Marijuana laws: fed vs. local

Regulations create conflict for DRB members

By Adam White

Observer correspondent

Marijuana legalization has been a divisive topic nationwide for decades. But as the issue reaches an important juncture in Williston, the lines being drawn have surprisingly little to do with pro and con.

A medical marijuana dispensary proposed for 4540 Williston Road is on the verge of possibly being granted a discretionary permit by the Development Review Board, yet public backlash has been virtually nonexistent. Instead, conflicts of interest for two board members—hinging on discrepancies between federal and state regulations governing the drug—have delayed the next step of the project. [Read more…]

Pipeline hangs on board’s decision

By Erin Mansfield

For Vermont Digger

After two days of testimony, the Public Service Board is re-evaluating a December 2013 decision to grant Vermont Gas a permit for Phase 1 of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project. The pipeline would run from Colchester to Middlebury and serve about 3,000 customers.

The board has the power to halt the pipeline construction. At issue is the escalating cost of the pipeline, which has increased from $86.6 million to $153.6 million.

That increase prompted the Public Service Board to take another look at the company’s certificate of public good. From here, the quasi-judicial Public Service Board can issue an order to keep the project going, or make the company re-argue for its state permit. In October, the board went through an identical series of hearings but ultimately decided the project was still a benefit to the public. This week, they appeared to be more skeptical.

Vermont Gas put its top executives on the witness stand during the first day of hearings. On Tuesday, public advocates brought in witnesses who criticized both the pipeline extension project and the calculations that the company has used to justify the efficacy of the pipeline.

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