July 17, 2018

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.

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CVU’s Emily Friedrichsen wins Vermont Poetry Out Loud state championship

Observer contributed photo by Peter Weyrauch Emily Friedrichsen recites one of the three poems she performed as part of the Vermont Poetry Out Loud competition held March 16.

Observer contributed photo by Peter Weyrauch
Emily Friedrichsen recites one of the three poems she performed as part of the Vermont Poetry Out Loud competition held March 16.

Emily Friedrichsen, a freshman at Champlain Valley Union High School, took top honors at the Poetry Out Loud state finals, held at Vermont PBS on March 16. Friedrichsen was one of 10 finalists representing schools from across the state. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Why Vermont needs a shield law for journalists

By Dave Gram

When you want to find out what’s going on in our state, nation and world, you most likely turn to the news media, which, for all their flaws, perform a vital function in a democracy of keeping the government accountable and the people informed. Yet the news media are under siege. Their economic underpinnings — classified and display advertising — have shriveled and migrated online. The role of the news media in holding those in power accountable is under attack, particularly by the current administration in Washington. [Read more…]

Educational programs score with 61 baskets

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Williston resident Greta D’Agostino checks out one of the 61 baskets.

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Beatson beats fundraising goal

Observer courtesy photo Williston Central School’s Sam Beatson, center, was the school’s top fundraiser for the annual Penguin Plunge event in February, personally raising $1,290 and helping the school surpass its goal of $6,000 to raise $11,621.  Principal Greg Marino, right, and team captain Jodi Bartley, left, a math specialist at Allen Brook School, presented Beatson with the top fundraising award. Beatson is a chef and afterschool mentor at WCS.

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Williston Central School’s Sam Beatson, center, was the school’s top fundraiser for the annual Penguin Plunge event in February, personally raising $1,290 and helping the school surpass its goal of $6,000 to raise $11,621.
Principal Greg Marino, right, and team captain Jodi Bartley, left, a math specialist at Allen Brook School, presented Beatson with the top fundraising award. Beatson is a chef and afterschool mentor at WCS.

Chef’s Corner moving

Observer photo by Marianne Apfelbam Chef’s Corner co-owners Scott Sorrell and Jozef Harrewyn look over the blueprints for their new space on Cornerstone Drive.

Observer photo by Marianne Apfelbam
Chef’s Corner co-owners Scott Sorrell and Jozef Harrewyn look over the blueprints for their new space on Cornerstone Drive.

…around the corner to Cornerstone Drive

By Marianne Apfelbaum

Observer staff

The rumors have been confirmed. [Read more…]

DEA arrests Williston landlord

Almighty Peaks Painting in Colchester is the business from which Darrick Holmes was allegedly distributing drugs. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Almighty Peaks Painting in Colchester is the business from which Darrick Holmes was allegedly distributing drugs. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

By Mark Johnson and Morgan True

For Vermont Digger

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested two suspected New York City drug dealers with more than a kilogram of heroin outside a Colchester painting business earlier this month, according to a DEA agent.

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Sweet and sappy happenings over the weekend

Avaline Roscioli (2) stands next to her father Dan at Sugartree Maple Farm on Bradley Lane in Williston at the Open Sugar House weekend on March 25th & 26th.

Avaline Roscioli (2) stands next to her father Dan at Sugartree Maple Farm on Bradley Lane in Williston at the Open Sugar House weekend on March 25th & 26th.

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Northridge development takes step forward

By Stephanie Choate

Observer correspondent

A proposed residential development just north of the South Ridge neighborhood took a step forward Tuesday night. [Read more…]

New solar project coming to Williston

Observer contributed illustration Aegis Renewable Energy has received approval from the Public Service Board to install solar panels on property on North Williston Road.

Observer contributed illustration
Aegis Renewable Energy has received approval from the Public Service Board to install solar panels on property on North Williston Road.

Project includes conservation of 104 acres

By Stephanie Choate

Observer correspondent

Williston could be generating more solar power this summer, adding to its growing reputation as a solar powerhouse. [Read more…]