March 17, 2018

One House gun bill faces dim future, another moving ahead

Members of Vermont gun rights groups hold a banquet in the Statehouse cafeteria. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

By Alan J. Keays

For VTDigger

A House-backed gun bill sent to the Senate just before the crossover deadline appears shelved in that chamber in favor of two other pieces of firearms legislation.

Lawmakers returned to the Statehouse on Tuesday following their annual weeklong Town Meeting Day break. Hundreds of opponents of stricter gun laws gathered in the capitol building, while supporters held a smaller demonstration outside in the snow. [Read more…]

Tips and resources for older job seekers

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers?

I’m 60 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help.

Seeking Employment [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

Avocado and Egg Toast

Although spring seems like a mirage at this point, we will soon be able to start working in our gardens. Temperatures will go up enough to venture outside, and the first daffodils will be there to greet us. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Thank You

The Williston Recreation Department would like to thank all those who volunteered in the Youth Basketball Program this season. Thank you to coaches Rick Musgrave, Jamie Falkenbush, Brian Ricca, Joe Jovell, Byron Batres, Jason Dubois, Mark Peryea, Chris Scott, Shawn Skaflestad, Andy Duback, Adam Sicard, Travis Whitmore, Ted Brady, Andy Beaumier, Eric Abby, Holly Haggerty, Ari Souliotis, Jeremy Everitt, Nate Sanders, Brett Blanchard, Tim Candon, John Hawkins, Mark Lamorey, Adam Avery, Carrie Yandow, Amanda Fox, Miro Pasic, Scott Whittier, Joy Russel, Laura McClure, Paula LeBlanc and Chris Leblanc. [Read more…]

Questions every camp-seeker should ask

Observer courtesy photo by Christine Paluf, American Camp Association of New England
Daily activities and programs, like those at the Aloha Hive girls camp in Fairlee, Vermont, help campers build new friendships, self-esteem and independence.

By Bette Bussel

American Camp Association

Camps do a great job of featuring their most important information on their websites. You can see photos, download brochures and applications, review FAQs, view videos and read descriptions of everything from the program to the camp “culture,” which is super important to finding a camp that is the right fit. [Read more…]

Ten enrichments of summer camp

By the American Camp Association

Overnight and day campers practice and develop skill sets necessary for friendship, leadership and community citizenship. Life-enriching lessons await your camper or college-age counselor this summer at camp, as they learn to:

Bounce back from hardship and gain resilience [Read more…]

Give the gift of summer camp

Observer courtesy photo by Christine Paluf, American Camp Association of New England
A counselor spots a camper on the climbing wall at Fenn Day Camp in Massachusetts.

By Bette Bussel

American Camp Association

One of the common misconceptions about summer camp is that it’s a place – that you send your child off to summer camp. Summer camp is a community built by professional educators together with the children they supervise. Within that community, children learn to make decisions and take healthy risks in a safe environment. At camp [Read more…]

Hilltoppers dethrone Redhawks

Observer photo by Al Frey
The CVU girls huddle before teh Division 1 basketball finals vs. St. Johnsbury Academy on Saturday at UVM.

Girls’ five-time title run ends

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

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Provost crowned slalom champ

Jonah Roberts helped the CVU boys to a second-place team finish last week at the state alpine skiing championships. Roberts finished 14th in the giant slalom.

Becca Provost earned the state slalom title with a win last week at Burke Mountain.

Redhawks finish second in team alpine competition

Champlain Valley alpine skier Becca Provost earned an individual state title in the slalom last Tuesday during the second day of competition in the Vermont state championships. [Read more…]

Boys upset bid falls short

Observer photo by Al Frey
CVU Senior Guard Paul Keen drills a 3-point shot during CVU’s Division 1 playoff game vs. Rice on Friday in Burlington.

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

With less than five minutes to go in Friday’s Division I boys basketball quarterfinal, Champlain Valley Union High School was poised to pull off the upset of the 2018 postseason. [Read more…]