Aug. 26, 2010
The Williston Observer is celebrating its 25th year providing news to the community. Here are some stories from past months of August:
• The new Town Hall was officially dedicated in 1988, as reported in that year’s August edition of the Williston Whistle. The Town Hall moved into the old Grange Hall and was dedicated in a July 4 ceremony.
• The Aug. 19, 1992 issue of the Williston Whistle included an article detailing a softball game between the fire and police departments. The challenge for “an old fashioned hand-smacking soft ball” game had been floating around for a few weeks, according to the article. The police won the game, although the paper did not report the score.
• The Aug. 24, 1994 edition of the Williston Whistle announced its new owners, Paul and Marianne Apfelbaum. The Apfelbaums, who still run the paper today, announced the paper would begin publishing weekly the next month, with extended coverage of local and school news.
• The Aug. 29, 1996 edition of the Williston Whistle included an article about a proposed underground pedestrian tunnel at Taft Corners. The tunnel, among the ideas proposed by town officials for federal transportation funding, would have crossed diagonally under the intersection of U.S. 2 and Vermont 2A.
• Williston went to 24-hour daily police coverage in 1997, adding two officers to the four-person staff, according to an article in the Aug. 21, 1997 issue of the Williston Whistle.
• The front page of the Aug. 19, 1999 edition of the Williston Whistle was dedicated to Howard Lunderville, a community icon who died earlier in the week. Lunderville, known as “Mr. Williston,” worked to found the fire station and had been the fire chief, police chief, first constable, a state representative and more.
• The Aug. 1, 2002 edition of the Williston Whistle included an article about Foxwood Farm, a 30-horse farm formerly located in Taft Corners, moving to Charlotte. Owner Jean Pecor said the development at Maple Tree Place, directly across from her property, was “the last straw,” according to the article.
• The Aug. 21, 2003 issue of the Williston Observer included an article about staff layoffs at IBM. IBM laid off 500 workers from its Essex Junction and Williston facilities.
• Plans for The Old Brick Café on Williston Road were approved in 2004, as reported in the Aug. 19 edition of the Observer. David Herskowitz now operates the restaurant as Monty’s Old Brick Tavern.
• During a visit to Pamplona, Spain, a Williston resident had a near miss during the running of the bulls, according to an article in the Aug. 17, 2006 edition of the Williston Observer. A bull’s horn came within inches of Pogo Senior’s hand before turning in another direction. Senior called running with the bulls the most thrilling thing he has done in his life, outside of the birth of his children.
• The Aug. 9, 2007 issue of the Williston Observer includes an article about the release of the massive study of alternatives to the proposed Circumferential Highway. The study, however, failed to find the best option.
“Like a gripping novel with the last few pages torn out, the document reaches no conclusion,” the article reads.
• An article in the Aug. 14, 2008 issue of The Williston Observer announced that Williston would soon become home to the state’s first anti-terrorism task force, the Joint Terrorism Task Force of Vermont. FBI Director Robert Mueller and Sen. Patrick Leahy inaugurated the task force.
• The Aug. 6, 2009 issue of the Observer included an article detailing the decline in charitable giving during a tough economy. Several local non-profits, including the Committee on Temporary Shelter, or COTS, described drops in donations, endowments and grants. The same issue included an article about the growing donations to the Observer’s Plant a Row for the Hungry program, which had already collected more than 300 pounds of food that summer.
• Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., one of Vermont’s fastest-growing businesses, announced plans to expand into Williston last August, according to the Aug. 20, 2009 issue of the Observer. The company moved into a building on Marshall Avenue.