May 19, 2019

Polar Express: a frozen delight

Observer courtesy photos
by Stephen Mease

Santa, aka Gary Howard of Williston, greets his young fans at the North Pole.

Santa, aka Gary Howard of Williston, greets his young fans at the North Pole.

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Visions of a stately Old Brick Church still dance in his head

Observer renderings courtesy of Mark Hutchins A side-by side comparison of the Old Brick CHurch as it stands today (RIGHT), compared with how it was originally decorated (LEFT), complete with original wallpaper.

Observer renderings courtesy of Mark Hutchins
A side-by side comparison of the Old Brick CHurch as it stands today (RIGHT), compared with how it was originally decorated (LEFT), complete with original wallpaper.

Architect releases new rendering of old landmark

By Phyl Newbeck

Observer correspondent

Architect Mark Hutchins may live in California now, but a part of him never left Williston. As a teenager, he led a group that restored the then-shuttered Old Brick Church. It’s been 50 years since he’s lived in Williston, but the work he did then is a part of his life he’s never really shaken: to this day, he remains committed to bringing the church back to its former glory. [Read more…]

Williston’s not-so-traditional traditions

Observer photo courtesy of Yasamin Gordon Children dropping off their letters to Santa at the Burlington Square Mall.

Observer photo courtesy of Yasamin Gordon
Children dropping off their letters to Santa at the Burlington Square Mall.

Every year as our families grow or shrink in size, and we reflect on the changes that came with the year behind us, we lean on our traditions. The arrival or departure of friends, additions of family members, relocations, moves or deployments, additions through births, adoptions, marriages and differences in a holiday due to illnesses or aging, losses or separations, may lead us to seek out new ways to celebrate. Finding a way to add or create meaning through traditions is how we share love, and how we survive hard times. This is why we wanted to share our own traditions, from staff here at the Williston Observer and the community. “Your family is special, no matter what kind it is,” writes Todd Parr in one of my 3-year-old daughter’s favorite books, and that’s never more important to remember than at the end of the year. Happy Holidays, Williston. [Read more…]

CVU Boys Hockey

Trinity Tree Lighting

Williston Tree Lighting

Popcorn: “Rules Don’t Apply”

The Politics of Entitlement

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

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How much you’ll pay for Medicare in 2017

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year, but what about Medicare?

How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our Part B monthly premiums in 2017?

Inquiring Beneficiary [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Lucy McCullough

Cookie fun

Baking and sharing cookies has always been a family activity at our house during the holiday season. When our children were little, we would spend many hours baking and decorating the cookies. Now that our kids are grown and have kids of their own, I still enjoy baking cookies to send to far away family members and dear friends. I like the Moravian Christmas Cookies better than sugar cookies. They can be enjoyed in their natural state in assorted shapes, or dressed up with frosting, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or whatever comes to mind. I can’t wait to get started! Happy Holidays!

Moravian Christmas Cookies [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

Vt. builder in Better Homes & Gardens

Silver Maple Construction was featured in this month’s Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, according to a release by the company. The eight-page article, titled, “Christmas in the Country,” features a Lincoln home built by Silver Maple, with architecture by MB Architecture and Design. Located in New Haven, Silver Maple Construction is celebrating 10 years.

Green Mountain Power seeks ‘rate freeze’ [Read more…]