May 25, 2020

Scout project improves trail access at Mud Pond

Observer courtesy photo
Williston Boy Scout Parker Soares works with volunteers to construct and install a walkway at Mud Pond Conservation Area.

Parker Soares, a member of Williston’s Boy Scout Troop 692, recently completed construction and installation of a 30-foot walkway and a 12-by-12 platform to improve trail access at the Mud Pond Conservation Area as part of his Eagle Scout project. [Read more…]

Divers resume milfoil removal on Lake Iroquois

Observer courtesy photo by Pogo Senior
Milfoil is seen around the rock island in the middle of Lake Iroquois. Divers are focusing on this area this month in their milfoil removal efforts.

AB Aquatics, a milfoil removal contractor hired by the Lake Iroquois Association, is in the midst of three weeks of milfoil removal in the body of water shared by Williston, Hinesburg, Richmond and St. George.

The company is using divers and suctions in a boat-assisted removal process to address infestation of the non-native aquatic plant. Divers hand-pull the invasives from the root then place them into a suction hose connected to the boat. The plants are later composted, and the cleared area is mapped.

The company is focusing on the area around the rock island in the center of the lake, the boat/fishing access and the swimming beach. The work is funded through a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

The association, a group of lakefront homeowners, last used the suction technique in 2016. It returned to the technique this year after a proposal to use a chemical herbicide was denied by state regulators.

Lake users are asked to steer clear of the boat crew and divers.

“This method will not completely solve the milfoil problem,” a press release from the association states. “Rather, it is a part of a many-pronged effort to reduce and manage this invasive.”

The association also staffs greeters who check and wash boats entering and leaving the lake, educates lakeshore property owners about runoff mitigation, no-mow zones and other best practices, and promotes riparian buffers and stream monitoring to manage runoff into the lake.

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What’s Cooking?

By Cristina Clarimon-Alinder

Asian Inspired Cold Noodles

For a satisfying dish that packs a protein punch, there is nothing better than this noodle salad. It’s light, it’s cool and it’s balanced.

Sesame oil is so fragrant and pleasing with its delicate aroma and light texture. It combines deliciously with the fresh ginger and the apple cider vinegar. The dressing alone hits all the flavor notes in one fell swoop: It is slightly sweet, has a lingering acidity and finishes with the silkiness of the oil. I make a large amount of it and use over rice and veggies whenever I have the chance. It’s delicious. [Read more…]

Retirement planning tips for single women

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What retirement planning tips can you recommend to single women? I’m 54 and divorced with a teenage daughter and very little saved for retirement.

Financially Behind [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

Consolidated Communications reaches deal with workers

Consolidated Communications, which provides broadband to homes and businesses in northern Vermont, announced this month an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communication Workers of America. [Read more…]

Martial arts for all

New studio teaches all ages and abilities

By Riley Jenson

Special to the Observer

Kismet Place, a mix of wellness-oriented businesses on Blair Park Road, added a martial arts studio to its roster in July. [Read more…]

Library Notes

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

Regular 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday hours will resume Sept. 1.

The library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 for Labor Day.

For Youth [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Don’t be deceived by beaver solution

Readers of Brenna Galdenzi’s thoughtful letter regarding human/wildlife conflicts in the Aug. 16 issue of the Observer (“Coexistence over killing”) might come away with the erroneous impression that beaver deceivers are the silver bullet answer to all human/beaver conflicts. [Read more…]

Guest Column: We can all engage in opioid addiction fix

By Christine Johnson

When I tell people about the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance’s broad mission to reduce the impact of opioids on our communities, there is a predictable response: “Gosh, that sounds overwhelming.” [Read more…]

Police seek upskirting suspect

Police seek upskirting suspect

Williston Police are looking for the identity of a man who reportedly took a picture of a female under her dress while she was bending over Tuesday at the Marshalls store on Retail Way in Williston.

Officer Scott Graham said he was called to the scene after another female customer confronted the man, who then reportedly left the area.

Police distributed a photo of a red-haired man from a security camera Wednesday morning who they believe is the perpetrator. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 878-6611.