October 28, 2016

Around Town

Two appointed to town boards

Town boards will have some new blood after the Selectboard appointed two residents to vacant seats recently.

Keri Goldberg has joined the Recreation Committee. A seventh-generation Vermonter, she told the Selectboard on Feb. 3 that she was interested in volunteering and becoming more involved in the town. Her children are active in recreation programs, and she has coached ski, baseball and tennis teams.

On Feb. 18, the Selectboard appointed John Hemmelgarn to a seat on the Development Review Board. John Patzer was also interviewed for the position, and Town Manager Rick McGuire told the Observer the board had “a difficult choice.”

Hemmelgarn has been a Williston resident for 10 years, is an architect partner at Black River Design Architects in Montpelier and has presented projects to the DRB in the past, according to Selectboard meeting notes.

Kindergarten registration open

Local residents with children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 can attend Allen Brook School’s kindergarten registration, set for April 1, 2 and 3 at the school. Starting Feb. 20, parents can visit the school district’s website, wsdvt.org, and click on the link to set up an appointment or call 871-6200. Remember to bring a copy of your child’s current immunizations, birth certificate and proof of residency to your appointment.


  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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