September 20, 2019

Vt. Gas joins tree planting as pipeline comes online

The Intervale Center of Burlington, Vermont Gas and the Friends of the Winooski River joined forces last week to plant about 200 trees along the Allen Brook in Williston. [Read more…]

Library Notes

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Letters to the Editor

Raising awareness about a medical zebra

May is Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month. And having just returned from an emergency room visit with my daughter, a visit that may have its roots in her Ehlers-Danlos diagnosis, I thought I would do my part to raise awareness about this often unheard of syndrome. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Raising our non-addicted next generation

By Zach Rhoads

Twenty-two million Americans older than 12 report having “significant problems” with drugs or alcohol. As a Vermont educator, I’m in frequent contact with concerned adults, determined to curtail drug use while raising the next non-addicted generation of children.

Alas, despite honest efforts of parents and educators — often in the form of drug prevention programs — addiction and death rates persist. So what is going wrong?   [Read more…]

Student completes Bocce court

Observer courtesy photo Aidan Ruggles stands in the bocce court he helped build outside Williston Central School.

Observer courtesy photo
Aidan Ruggles stands in the bocce court he helped build outside Williston Central School.

Bocce ball courts are now available for play outside Williston Central School thanks to Aidan Ruggles’ eighth-grade challenge project. [Read more…]

Nexus project takes the Flynn Space stage

Observer contributed photo Elizabeth Pattison (left) and Emma Lieberman rehearse for ‘Songs for a New World’ at Champlain Valley Union High School. The show features deaf and hearing performers and plays this weekend at FlynnSpace in Burlington.

Observer contributed photo
Elizabeth Pattison (left) and Emma Lieberman rehearse for ‘Songs for a New World’ at Champlain Valley Union High School. The show features deaf and hearing performers and plays this weekend at FlynnSpace in Burlington.

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

As the school year comes to a close, so does the first year of Champlain Valley Union’s Nexus program — the high school’s first experiment with truly self-directed education.

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Fire at Casella facility squelched

Williston firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire inside the Casella Materials Recycling Facility near Industrial Avenue on Saturday morning. [Read more…]

Caution: Route 2 and 2A road work beginning

The Vermont Agency of Transportation began installing construction signs this week on Route 2 and Route 2A through Williston in anticipation of road reconstruction and repaving work beginning.On Route 2, the work zone is approximately 2 miles from Boxwood Street to Millham Court in South Burlington. On Route 2A, the work zone is about 1 mile from Hurricane Lane to Helena Drive. [Read more…]

Williston Runs for Education on a perfect May day

A young runner gets an encouraging high-five from Champ.

A young runner gets an encouraging high-five from Champ.

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Cottonwood Crossing to break ground

An architectural rendering (courtesy of Allen Brook Development) of phase one of Cottonwood Crossing, set to break ground on Williston Road this summer.

An architectural rendering
(courtesy of Allen Brook Development) of phase one of Cottonwood Crossing, set to break ground on Williston Road this summer.

Former driving range and pipeline staging area transforming into mixed-use development

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The 17 vacant acres next to Maple Tree Place that were once the site of a golf driving range are on the verge of a five-phase residential and commercial makeover. [Read more…]