September 23, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Rethink apartment building

I was shocked to read the article in the Sept.13 Observer entitled, “DRB endorses 31-unit apartment building.”

I could not attend the meeting on Aug. 28, but assumed, wrongly as it turns out, that the proposal didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell. Quite apart from all of the negatives already cited, this massive three story building would be quite out of place with surroundings consisting of small one story commercial structures and two story residential units. And, unless some of the existing parking is used, I just don’t see how it fits in. [Read more…]

Guest Column: We’re going to expand Social Security, not cut it

By Senator Bernie Sanders

Social Security is one of the most popular and successful government programs in the history of our country.

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State launches effort to collect toxic foam from local fire departments

Air Force firefighters spray down a mock aircraft with AFFF foam concentrate during a training scenario in 2011.

By Elizabeth Gribkoff

For VT Digger

As part of a broader effort to address PFAS contamination around Vermont, the state is collecting an outdated, and toxic, firefighting foam from local fire departments for free until early October. [Read more…]

Police accepting bump stocks with ban two weeks away

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee

By Colin Meyn

For VT Digger

With two weeks to go until bump-fire stocks are officially banned in Vermont, state police are now accepting voluntary and anonymous returns of the devices at barracks across the state.

Bump stocks were banned as part of Act 94, a sweeping piece of gun control legislation signed by Gov. Phil Scott in April. Starting on Oct. 1, those still in possession of the devices face punishment of up to a year in prison and $1,000 in fines. [Read more…]

Williston’s Brick Church Music Series announces new season lineup

Observer courtesy photo
Nashville recording artist Jamie Lee Thurston (above) will be opening the Brick Church Music Series on Oct. 12.

The Brick Church Music Series has released the lineup for its 11th anniversary season, which begins on Oct. 12 and continues on the second Friday of each month through April 2019. All concerts start at 7 p.m. at the historic Brick Church on Route 2 in Williston Village. [Read more…]

Vermont dairy farmers receive long-awaited chunk of $50 million settlement

Milking time at Island Acres Farm in South Hero. File photo by Josh Larkin/VTDigger

By Elizabeth Gribkoff

For VT Digger

Vermont dairy farmers received their cut of a $50 million payout earlier this summer as the outcome of a class-action lawsuit initially filed almost a decade ago.

Under a settlement agreement between dairy farmers and Dairy Foods of America and Dairy Marketing Services, claims agent Rust Consulting Inc. sent out checks to farmers on Aug. 27. Rust Consulting did not return multiple requests for more information about payout, but up to 9,000 farmers received $4,000 each. [Read more…]

Police investigating crash that killed local teen

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

One Williston teenager was killed and another injured after the car they were driving on River Cove Road veered into a tree last Thursday afternoon.

Solomon Jenkins, a 16-year-old passenger in the vehicle, was transported to the UVM Medical Center by Williston Rescue, where he died from his injuries. The 15-year-old driver, McKenna Raymond of Williston, was transported to the medical center by Essex Rescue. She was treated and released later in the day. [Read more…]

Chicken ordinance flies the coop

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

Residents in densely populated areas of Williston hoping to gain the ability to raise chickens as a sustainable food source were thwarted earlier this month when the selectboard abandoned consideration of relaxed regulations. [Read more…]

WFD remembers fallen heroes

Observer courtesy photos by Al Frey
Williston Fire Department hosted a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday.

A memorial to 9-11’s fallen heroes.

Williston Fire Department Captain Gerry rings the bell in honor of the fallen heros at WFD’s 9-11 remembrance service.

A new pathway for cybersecurity careers

Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Education announced this week the start of two initiatives to develop statewide career pathways in advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. [Read more…]