September 26, 2018

The true cost of a free plastic bag

Observer Courtesy Photo Today, less than 2 percent of plastic bags are recycled.  Roughly 50 percent of used plastic bags are under ground in landfills, and the remaining 48 percent are unaccounted for.

Observer Courtesy Photo
Today, less than 2 percent of plastic bags are recycled. Roughly 50 percent of used plastic bags are under ground in landfills, and the remaining 48 percent are unaccounted for.

By Skye D’Aquila and Deborah Miuccio

Plastic bags have worked their way into our everyday lives at a continuous and increasing rate since their creation in 1957. They provide consumers with a cheap, clean, easy means of carrying items from store to home. However, they’re harming our environment, and we’re finding out that plastic bags are neither cheap nor clean. [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. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.

For All Ages

Drop-In Games

Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Join Travis Perry of Franklin County Gamers and learn a new tabletop game or bring one to share.

Youth News [Read more…]

Places I’ve Played

By Bill Skiff

Let me count the ways

Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote in a sonnet, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” As I continue to ramble down the road of “The Golden Years,” I sometimes wonder, “How do I know thee? Let me count the ways.” Here are a few:

RAILS [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Balanced state budget – why not?

The 2016 Vermont legislature is back in session. We have a multi-million dollar deficit from 2015 to fill and a new 2016 budget to craft. Yet again, we have to increase spending in many categories and raise revenue from many sources, which is government speak for increase taxes and/or fees. Conspicuously absent is mention of areas to cut spending, programs to eliminate or other cost cutting [Read more…]

Guest Column: Ensuring all Vermonters are heard

By Deb Markowitz

When I was first elected to public office, I was lucky enough to have a mentor, Tom Lehner, who had spent most of his career in public administration. I first met him when I was a young law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Louis Peck and he was the court administrator. Tom took seriously the obligation of government to look out for all Vermonters—especially those who could not easily speak up for themselves. I remember how he would raise his eyebrows at me when I was about to move ahead without fully considering all of the unintended consequences of a decision. He would say, “Remember Deb, what you see will depend upon where you are sitting.” [Read more…]

Champlain Valley Union High honor roll

The following Williston and St. George students earned a place on the honor roll at Champlain Valley Union High this quarter.

High Honors [Read more…]

Two local banks offering scholarships

vermont federal credit unionNEFCU Shelburne Rd. BranchObserver staff report

Vermont Federal Credit Union and New England Federal Credit Union have opened applications for scholarships.

Vermont Federal will award four $2,000 scholarships to “students with a history of strong academic achievement and service to the community.”

Two of those scholarships will go to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to college, university or trade school for fall 2016 or spring 2017 semesters. Two scholarships will go to students who are already enrolled or looking to return to school.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 4. The application and complete details can be found on the Scholarships page at www.vermontfederal.org. Recipients will be selected based on their academic achievements, student and community leadership activities, as well as other criteria.  [Read more…]

Spotlighting recycling by making the invisible delightful

Observer courtesy photos by  Michael Sipe Mary Lacy, an artist who helped organize the project, sits in the container with her finished mural, ‘It Takes a Village.’

Observer courtesy photos by
Michael Sipe
Mary Lacy, an artist who helped organize the project, sits in the container with her finished mural, ‘It Takes a Village.’

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Chittenden Solid Waste District is teaming up with a crew of local artists to bring a splash of color and creative flair to its recycling efforts.

CSWD has launched a months-long project called The Art of Recycling, funded by a grant from Dealer.com. It invited local artists to paint eight 22-foot-long recycling containers, transforming each nondescript mass of metal into a vivid work of art.

The project is part of an effort to make recycling more beautiful and engaging. [Read more…]

Town, primary voting March 1

Annual Town Meeting on Feb. 29

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Town and school boards have spent months finalizing their budgets, and now it is time for Williston residents to weigh in—and to have a say in who will be on the November presidential ballot.

Voting on March 1 takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Williston Central School.

Any registered voter can vote in the primary elections, but only on one ballot. There is no party registration in Vermont.

The annual Town Meeting is set for Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. at in the Williston Central School auditorium. Voters can learn about town and school budgets, and will also vote on proposed changes to Williston’s dog ordinance. [Read more…]

Lantern Parade

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