September 21, 2018

Bold start to CVU’s boys basketball season

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Paced by two quick starts, the Champlain Valley boys basketball team has opened up the high school season with wins over St. Johnsbury and Rice for a 2-0 start. [Read more…]

Hockey triumphs: CougarHawks and Redhawks take lead

Observer photo by Al Frey Joe Parento breaks for the open net Lower Canada College on Friday night at Cairns Arena in South Burlington.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Joe Parento breaks for the open net Lower Canada College on Friday night at Cairns Arena in South Burlington.

Plattsburgh, N.Y. 2, Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield 1:

Host Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield surrendered the game-winning goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to fall to Plattsburgh, N.Y. in the second game of the Hockey for Hope tournament at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. [Read more…]

Auditor: Price transparency still lacking in Vermont health care

Doug Hoffer. Photo by Roger Crowley/VTDigger

Doug Hoffer. Photo by Roger Crowley/VTDigger

By Erin Mansfield

For Vermont Digger

The Vermont State Auditor’s office says the state has more work to do to make sure consumers know how much their health care services cost before they purchase them. [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. Hearing assistance devices are available for events in the library’s community room. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.

Youth news

The Library Giving Tree [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Happy New Year!

The Recreation and Parks Department wishes your family good health, happiness, and fun in the coming year and always. A special thank you goes out to the many volunteers that have helped with recreation programs, events and in the parks this past year. We want to thank the 54 volunteer coaches that were part of our youth sports programs, the five members of the Recreation Committee, the many instructors and businesses who work with us to offer programs and to the school district staff who provide us with safe spaces to offer programming. Also, thank you to all those who helped during the July 4th celebration; The Detch Family, Tony and Susan Lamb, the camp staff and the judges — Bob Metz, Joy Limoge and Brendan Karnes. Also, thank you to two people who volunteer their time in our parks — Scott Bushweller, who maintains the ice rink, and Briant Hamrell, who helps with soccer fields. Thank you to all of these and others who have given of their time and talents to make community recreation something for everyone.

Instructors Wanted

We are currently working on the Spring/Summer Program Guide, which will be out in mid-February. If you are an instructor or business that would like to offer a spring program or summer camp with us, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by Jan. 13, so we can get your program in this upcoming guide. Send us an email with your ideas- recreation@willistonvt.org or visit our website- www.willistonrec.org to fill out a Program Proposal Form.

Enroll now for next year’s publicly funded pre-K

Chittenden South Supervisory Union offers publicly funded prekindergarten for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who reside in the towns of: Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston. [Read more…]

Bulldog gets second helping of love

Observer photos courtesy Dawna Pederzani  ABOVE: Gus rides in a Home Depot shopping cart, dressed in his festive best.

Observer photos courtesy Dawna Pederzani
ABOVE: Gus rides in a Home Depot shopping cart, dressed in his festive best.

 RIGHT: A Bailey chair, like the one pictured here, was built by workers at Home Depot for Gus, to help him survive his condition. Being held up in the chair will help dog food to move properly through Gus’s esophagus, and ultimately can help extend his life.


RIGHT: A Bailey chair, like the one pictured here, was built by workers at Home Depot for Gus, to help him survive his condition. Being held up in the chair will help dog food to move properly through Gus’s esophagus, and ultimately can help extend his life.

By Dawna Pederzani

Special to the Observer

At Vermont English Bulldog Rescue, we face immense challenges with nearly every dog that we save. Although this breed is popular because of their cuteness, kind nature and reputation for being great family dogs, the English bulldog can be (though isn’t always) a condensed container of significant health issues brought on by indiscriminate breeding for profit. The sought-after look can negatively affect the dog’s quality of life and ultimately shortens it by years. These health issues will cause an owner to spend more time with a vet than anyone else in his or her life.

The dog’s health issues may also cause an owner to have a checking account and credit card just for this purpose, sometimes empty or maxed out. English bulldog ownership is not for the faint of heart. It is a daily battle that owners wage keeping these dogs healthy or something akin to it. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Deadly bunny
a clever reference

I am writing in defense of Killer Rabbit Comics. I read the letter objecting to the name of the new comic book store at Taft Corners, Killer Rabbit Comics, and felt a need to respond. I can understand that the writer was put off by a store name with the word “killer” in it. But the name was intended as a humorous reference to the popular movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The Killer Rabbit was a character in the movie. Pop culture fans who get the reference will find the name funny because rabbits don’t actually kill anyone.

[Read more…]

Guest Column: State Board of Education declares victory at own 25 yard line

By Ben Kinsley

Last week I, along with many Vermonters, read that the State Board of Education and its chair Stephan Morse were declaring victory for the controversial Education law known as Act 46. It “has been a huge success and does not require significant revision,” Morse said. Having followed Act 46 very closely through the legislature and hundreds of hours of testimony, I was astounded. [Read more…]

Holiday Services

The following listings are for Christmas and are in addition to any regular weekend services:

All Saints Episcopal Church

1250 Spear St., South Burlington [Read more…]