November 14, 2018

Personalized learning in action

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is one of a monthly series submitted by the Champlain Valley School District Board of Directors.

Last month, we shared with you the core elements of Vermont’s Act 77: personalization, proficiency-based learning and flexible pathways. This month, we will highlight a great example of personalized learning for grades 9-11 at CVU. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Support CVU’s Special Olympians

Do you like word games? We are looking for people to be players in, or just watch and enjoy, a fun game show called “Chain Reaction.” The event will be held the evening of Saturday, June 9 at Champlain Valley Union High School. It will support Vermont Special Olympics and help finance Team Vermont’s trip to Seattle for the 2018 Special Olympics held July 1-6. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Can taxpayers afford Vermont’s pension promises?

By John Pelletier

If you pay income or real estate taxes in Vermont, you are like an insurance company. You are insuring, with your taxes, the retirement pension and healthcare benefit promises made to state employees and public school teachers. [Read more…]

New vendors add to the mix at Richmond Farmers’ Market

The Richmond Farmers’ Market is set to begin its 2018 season Friday with a lineup of a dozen new vendors, plus plenty of returning favorites.  [Read more…]

Sports marketing scam targets local businesses

A Texas company is attempting to defraud Chittenden County businesses by claiming to offer sponsorship opportunities for South Burlington High School sports teams, according to an investigation by the South Burlington Police and the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program. [Read more…]

Judge ponders moving Bourgoin trial

Steven Bourgoin

By Elizabeth Gribkoff

For VTDigger

Judge Kevin Griffin says he wants to see evidence of statewide media coverage before deciding whether to grant a change of venue for a Williston man who was charged with driving the wrong way on Interstate 89 and killing five teenagers in 2016.

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Girls on the Run celebrates season with Saturday 5K

Observer courtesy photo
Participants cross the finish line last year at the annual Girls on the Run Northern Vermont 5K at the Champlain Valley Exposition.

Girls on the Run Vermont celebrates the culmination of its 2018 spring season with its annual Northern Vermont 5K on Saturday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. The event, which starts at 10 a.m., is a celebration of the Williston nonprofit’s 10-week after school empowerment program for local girls in grades 3-8. [Read more…]

Williston Fire Dept. showcases staff and equipment

One of Williston Fire’s two ambulances sits ready to go at a moment’s notice during WFD’s Saturday open house.

Observer photos by Al Frey

The Williston Fire Department invited community members into its headquarters on Talcott Drive Saturday to engage with the town’s emergency services providers during an open house. The event featured a blood pressure check station, a stop-the-bleed tourniquet demonstration, a hands-only CPR station, teddy bear clinic and basketball hoop raffle. An unoccupied fire truck and ambulance were also on display for locals to explore. Two fire-protective suits were placed in between the emergency vehicles to simulate the actions a firefighter must take before heading off to a crisis.

Edda Ekstrom, 2, sits in Williston’s all terrain rescue vehicle at Saturday’s open house.

One of Williston Fire Dept’s two ambulances sits ready to go at a moment’s notice. 2-1/2-year-old Boaz “Bo” Urbahn enjoys driving the engine.

July 4th book sale cancelled

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The annual Friends of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library July Fourth Book Sale has been called off this year. [Read more…]

Finn’s festivity

Observer photo by Jason Starr
Finn Thomas and his mother, Brooke pose on the lawn at their Williston home where they expect a turnout of close to 300 people for a party celebrating Finn’s recovery from a bike crash last fall.

Williston 2nd-grader marks recovery from life-threatening bike crash with fundraising house party

By Jason Starr

Observer staff [Read more…]