March 19, 2019

“Peter Rabbit”

Hop to It!

3 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

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Vermont Gas may pay $25,000 for violations

Ground cleared for the Vermont Gas pipeline, portions of which regulators have found were not properly buried. File photo by Morgan True / VTDigger

By Mike Polhamus

For VTDigger

Vermont Gas, the natural gas utility owned by Canadian fossil fuel giant Énergir, has likely buried an Addison County gas pipeline improperly, regulators said last week in a filing with the Public Utility Commission.

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Assistive technology: tools to improve everyday living

Observer courtesy photo by Getty Images
There’s an ever-growing variety of assistive technology tools available that help with everyday tasks.

Most Americans want to stay in their homes as they age. Not a bad plan, but what if your home doesn’t fit you as well as it once did

Often, aging can be accompanied by a change in your ability to manage and move around in your home. That’s where assistive technology – better known as AT – comes in. No matter your age or what type of disability you may have, chances are there is an AT device out there that can help you with everyday tasks. [Read more…]


By Jan Kenney

Celebrate Mud Season

As I write this, it is predicted that the temperatures are going to go up to the high 60s this week. And then they’ll plunge back into the teens the next day. Still, I think it might be reasonable to assume we’re going to have an early (or prolonged) mud season this year. And, since we can’t change the weather, I suggest an ooey-gooey chocolate mud cake might just help make it a little more enjoyable. [Read more…]

Vega power

Observer photo by Al Frey
Ray Vega performs to a full house at Williston’s Old Brick Church Concert Series on Feb. 9. The March 9 performance will feature fiddler Rani Arbo and guitarist Greg Ryan. The opening act will be harpist Dominique Dodge.
The concert beneficiary is the Vermont chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. The guest visual artist is photographer Jerry Lasky.

Library Notes

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918.

For Youth

After-School Tuesdays

LEGO Club: March 6, 2-3 p.m. Build your own creations using the library’s LEGO collection. All ages. [Read more…]

Redhawk gymnasts topple Essex for state title

2018 Vermont State Gymnastics Champions – The CVU Redhawks

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Letters to the Editor

This must stop

I didn’t watch the evening news last Wednesday. I couldn’t. The news alerts during the day had already informed me that another mass shooting at another school had occurred earlier in the day in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen are dead, numerous others are wounded.

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Guest Column: Sitting ducks: Are we powerless over gun violence?

By Kelly Hedglin Bowen

As Marjory Stoneman Douglas High was terrorized last Wednesday, I attended my fourth-grader’s chorus concert at Williston Central School. We were 150 students and parents tucked into the auditorium at the same moment 3,000 Parkland students sheltered in place, ran for their lives or were shot to death.

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Hannaford submits new application in Hinesburg

Members of the group Responsible Growth Hinesburg at the site of the proposed Hannaford supermarket in Hinesburg. File photo by Gail Callahan

By Gail Callahan

For VTDigger

The on-again, off-again battle over building a Hannaford supermarket in the center of Hinesburg is on again, with the submission of a new application by developers, setting off a new round of reviews. [Read more…]