September 24, 2018

PHOTOS: Engineering Challenge

Williston Central School students participated in the school’s annual Engineering Challenge last week, building catapults for marshmallows and vessels for an egg drop, among other things.

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“Suffragette”

Heroines of Democracy

3 popcorns

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

When historical films like director Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” so movingly inform how brutally primitive we were not so long ago, it is decidedly chilling. Hardly more than a hundred years ago, so-called enlightened civilizations were beating up women because they wanted to vote…to represent themselves within the society where they nurtured, toiled and died. It gives me pause to wonder just how aghast future cultures may be when they study how “barbaric” we 21st Century folk were. I.e. – ‘Imagine. They made people pay for health care, food, and energy.’

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Red Cross shares Thanksgiving safety tips

Millions of people will travel to spend their Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones, and the American Red Cross has steps they can follow to help make sure they have a safe trip. [Read more…]

Police will be on the road this holiday weekend

Vermont State Police will be participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign; as well as Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) from Nov. 25 to 29.
So far this year, Vermont has seen 48 traffic fatalities.
By using high visibility enforcement coupled with education, police will promote responsible driving on Vermont highways during the upcoming weekend and throughout the holiday season. [Read more…]

Day of disc fun

Ellen Arapakos, Brett Tofel and Ever Tofel, 12, play disc golf Saturday, taking advantage of the recently completed course at the Williston Community Park.

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Neighbors helping neighbors

Williston residents and locals from nearby towns came together to make sure local food shelves had enough food for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 Judy Whitman of Williston drops off a turkey at the Williston Fire Department. The department collected turkeys Saturday for the Williston Community Food Shelf. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Judy Whitman of Williston drops off a turkey at the Williston Fire Department. The department collected turkeys Saturday for the Williston Community Food Shelf. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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REGION & STATE: Vermonters’ views on Syrian refugees get political

Elizabeth Nikazmerad chants at a Statehouse rally in support of accepting refugees from Syria. (Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDigger)

Elizabeth Nikazmerad chants at a Statehouse rally in support of accepting refugees from Syria. (Photo by Jasper Craven/VTDigger)

By Jasper Craven
For Vermont Digger
Protesters on the Statehouse lawn clashed Friday over whether Syrian refugees should continue to be allowed in the state amid concerns following the Paris attacks that terrorists could take advantage of refugee policies to carry out an assault on American soil.
More than 30 organizers gathered on one side of the lawn in support of refugee resettlement programs, carrying signs and chanting slogans. On the other side of the lawn was a smaller group of protesters—around seven—who were against Syrian refugee policies.
“Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here,” Elizabeth Nikazmerad, 25, of Burlington, shouted into a megaphone, leading the chant.

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Farmers subject to new clean water rules

By Mike Polhamus
For Vermont Digger
Harold Deering and his father raise just under 200 dairy cows on one of about 2,500 small farms that must comply with new rules the state is drafting to protect Vermont’s water bodies from excess phosphorus.
Joining nearly 100 other farmers gathered in Middlebury on Thursday to review the new rules, Deering said he and his father had been preparing for them for years.
Like several others at the meeting, Deering said he hopes Vermonters understand that farmers want clean water as much as anyone else.
“The public needs to know that we’re out—the farmers—are out not to add it to the lake, they’re already trying to keep it contained and monitored in levels that benefit them the most, because it is beneficial to everybody to keep it in the soil, in the crops, to help grow your dairy cows, to make milk, to make vegetables,” he said. “We’re not just out there dumping it into the lake.”

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Academic Honors

F. Gregory Gause

F. Gregory Gause

Williston native receives white coat
Williston native F. Gregory Gause was among members of the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s Class of 2019 who received their first white doctors’ coats at the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony on Oct. 23. [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 williston.lib.vt.us.

 

For Kids and Adults
Winter Holidays Party
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Kids can make a gingerbread house or other holiday crafts. Adults can help us decorate the library for the winter holidays while listening to strolling musicians. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Pre-register children for gingerbread houses. [Read more…]