September 25, 2018

Essex Invitational; CVU boys lacrosse, softball and tennis

How to make a living will

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What’s the best way to go about making a living will? I recently retired and would like to start getting my affairs in order, just in case.

Approaching 70

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Bedroom upgrades that won’t break the bank

Observer photo courtesy of Getty Images
If the average night’s sleep is eight hours, (i.e. one third of a day), one sleeps for one third of one’s life if you live, say 75 years, that’s 25 years asleep, or 9,125 days. When you look at those numbers it might convince you to spend a bit more on your bedroom upgrades, especially on your bed.

Upgrading your bedroom might sound like a daunting task. You may assume it costs an arm and a leg, takes months and requires professionals to complete. However, upgrading your bedroom doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, or your back. Investing in a few quality upgrades to some bedroom essentials can make your life less stressful and more cost- and energy-effective. [Read more…]

Audubon recognizes GMP president for environmental work

Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power President and CEO

Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell accepted a 2018 Rachel Carson Award Medal from the Audubon Society earlier this month for her environmental conservation work. The national award honors women who have advanced conservation locally and globally. [Read more…]

The case for active forest management

By Ethan Tapper

Special to the Observer

Forestry is the practice of managing forested ecosystems. However, forests seem to be able to take care of themselves — do we really need to manage them at all? [Read more…]

Tree-planters enhance Allen Brook, Muddy Brook

Volunteers marked Arbor Day on May 4 with a tree-planting outing along Allen Brook in Williston and Muddy Brook in South Burlington.

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District’s Rethink Runoff Stream Team organized the effort with a goal of enhancing vegetative buffers around the streams to help intercept sediment, nutrients and chemicals carried from land runoff. Vegetative buffers also stabilize stream banks, minimize erosion, re-establish connectivity between streams and floodplains and provide streambank wildlife habitat.

Allen Brook and Muddy Brook lack adequate streambank habitat and are choked by invasive species, according to the conservation district.

The project was also sponsored by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the towns of Williston and Hinesburg, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Winooski Valley Parks District and the Intervale Conservation Nursery.

For more information, visit rethinkrunoff.org or winooskinrcd.org.

Stage set for spring playoffs

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Four Champlain Valley Union High School teams were rewarded for excellent regular seasons this spring with top seeds heading into postseason play.

With an undefeated season, the CVU girls tennis team got the No. 1 seed and earned an automatic bye into the Division I quarterfinals, a good start as the team chases another state title. [Read more…]

Track attack

4 of the top 5 finishers in the girls 1,500 including CVU runners (L to R) Alice Larson and Ella Whitman round the corner onto the back stretch

Ella Whitman wins the girl’s 3,000 at Saturday’s Essex Invitational

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CVU’s tennis stars continue dominance

CVU’s Renee Dauerman rips a backhand return during their match vs Essex on Friday the 13th in Essex.

Stephanie Joseph

Kendall Blanck

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

A stunning run of success continued last week in the individual state tennis tournament for the Champlain Valley High School girls tennis team. [Read more…]

Library Notes

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

For Youth

Learn to Play Dungeons and Dragons

Monday, June 4 and 11, 4-6 p.m. Play a starter adventure and learn the basics of the game with Dungeon Master Rylee Masson. Ages 10 and up.

Food For Thought Teen Group [Read more…]