October 8, 2015

Girls soccer takes on Essex next

Observer staff report

The Champlain Valley Union High soccer team will head to Essex High Thursday to take on the Hornets for the second time this season. The Redhawks defeated Essex 1-0 early in September.

On Tuesday, CVU notched another win, defeating South Burlington 4-0. Ali Bisaccia, Catherine Cazayoux, Sierra Morton and Hanna Swett all notched goals for CVU, which is now 9-1.

On Friday, the Redhawks beat Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans 3-0. Bisaccia and Cazayoux found the back of the net in that game as well, along with teammate Vina Nguyen.

CVU to face Mount Anthony Saturday

The Champlain Valley Union High football team is 4-2 heading into Saturday’s game against Mount Anthony.

The Redhawks hiked their record after beating Colchester 19-14 Saturday.

Coach Michael Williams said Saturday’s event was a “very tough game vs. a tough opponent and we are happy with the win.”

The team is hitting the practice field this week.

“We play Mt. Anthony at home this Saturday in an important game for both teams…we need to play better than we did last week and it starts with a great week of practice,” Williams said.

—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff

CVU takes on Enosburg next

The Champlain Valley Union High girls volleyball team will bring its 6-1 record into Thursday’s match against Enosburg High.

The team beat Mid-Vermont on Monday night 3-0. The Redhawks had 18 kills, 6 blocks and 5 aces to go along with 89 percent service percentage.

Last Wednesday, the team lost to Essex in what Coach Gino Johnson called “a very competitive and exciting four set match”—its first loss in more than two years. In that match, the team had eight aces, 26 kills and 13 blocks.

He said the support from the community was exciting.

“The CVU gym was packed…really cool to be a part of high school volleyball at that level of play,” he wrote in an email to the Observer.

—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff

Soccer boys face Essex next

Observer photos by Al Frey Nate Coffin fights for the ball during Friday’s win against BFA-St. Albans

Observer photos by Al Frey
Nate Coffin fights for the ball during Friday’s win against BFA-St. Albans

Owen McCuin gets his head on the ball

Owen McCuin gets his head on the ball

Jeremiah Cory stays ahead of his opponent.

Jeremiah Cory stays ahead of his opponent.

Aidan Johnson makes the save.

Aidan Johnson makes the save.

Observer staff report

The Champlain Valley Union High boys team will take on Essex High Saturday, a team it beat earlier in the season.

The Redhawks played South Burlington High on Wednesday afternoon, after the Observer’s press deadline. The Redhawks were 10-0 going into Wednesday’s game.

On Friday, the Redhawks defeated Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans 4-0.

Colchester next for CVU field hockey

Observer photos by Al Frey Redhawks goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood makes a kick save during last Friday’s game against Burlington High. Pashby-Rockwood kept the ball out of the CVU net during the shutout victory.

Observer photos by Al Frey
Redhawks goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood makes a kick save during last Friday’s game against Burlington High. Pashby-Rockwood kept the ball out of the CVU net during the shutout victory.

Observer Photos by Al Frey Sophia Gigliotti goes head-to-head with her Burlington opponent.

Observer Photos by Al Frey
Sophia Gigliotti goes head-to-head with her Burlington opponent.

Observer staff report

The Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team is set to take on Colchester High Thursday, a team it beat early in the season.

The Redhawks are 5-3-1 heading into Thursday’s game. coming off a tough loss to Mount Mansfield Union High. The Cougars defeated the Redhawks 2-1 on Tuesday in Jericho.

Last Friday, the Redhawks walloped Burlington High at home, shutting out the Sea Horses 4-0.

On Saturday, CVU heads to Middlebury, which it beat 2-0 on Spirit Day.

CVU cross country sweeps top Vermont spots in Thetford regional meet

Tyler Marshall

Tyler Marshall

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

For the first time in recent memory, both the boys and girls Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams were the top Vermont finishers in the annual Woods Trail Run, held Oct. 3 in Thetford. The meet draws teams from Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.

Both CVU teams finished fourth overall.

“The girls and boys both finishing fourth overall were great team efforts because there were very good teams in the field,” Coach Scott Bliss wrote in an email to the Observer. “The boys also ran without one of our top runners, Elliot Eastman, taking SAT, so it made it even more impressive. The girls raced well and beat one of the teams that had beaten us the week before in Manchester.”

Junior Sophia Gorman led the CVU girls runners, finishing fifth with a time of 19:35.35. The top girls finisher was sophomore Jacqueline Gaughan of Exeter, N.H. High School, who finished the race in 19 minutes and 11 seconds.

Other top Redhawks runners include sophomore Jennifer Ireland, who finished in the 24th slot, and junior Meara Heininger, who was 41st.

The boys were led by junior Tyler Marshall, who finished seventh with a time of 16:47.82. Randy Neish of Glastonbury, Conn. was first with a time of 16:12.87.

CVU junior Calvin McClellan finished 34th, Baxter Bishop 36th and Harken Spillane 41st.

Bliss said Gorman and Marshall ran “impressive” races.

“It was a good weekend for both teams,” Bliss said.

On Saturday, top runners will head to New York for the Manhattan Invitational.


Zoe L. Breiner

Zoe Louise Breiner, 61 years young, completed her earthly journey on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. That night, there was a beautiful red moon, Zoe’s favorite color. Zoe faced two years of a very rare form of cancer. Throughout this challenge, she taught us all the true meaning of dignity, strength and grace. Her fabulous sense of humor was intact until the end.

Under a Blue Moon, Zoe was born July 30, 1954 the daughter of Arthur and Geraldine (Perras) Breiner. Her twin sister, Clara Irene, predeceased her on that same day, a mere 45 minutes after her birth. Zoe grew up in Burlington surrounded by her siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles. The Breiner house was a busy place, but very full of love. In 1977 Zoe met her soul mate, Brian Jones. They were married on May 8, 1982 and spent every day since taking care of each other. Zoe and Brian made their first home on St. Louis Street in Burlington and ultimately built their dream home in Williston where they have resided since 1987.

Zoe attended Cathedral Grade School and Christ the King School. She graduated with honors from Rice Memorial High School in 1972, receiving awards in bookkeeping and shorthand. Zoe went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Champlain College in 1974. She was also named to Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges. Following graduation, Zoe worked for the University of Vermont in the purchasing department. She went on to work for Pizzagalli Construction Company, as secretary to the treasurer and estimating department. Zoe then embarked on a 31-year career with IBM. During that time she attended Burlington College, earning a BA in Communication and Computer Applications in 1989. She retired from the communications department at IBM in 2012. Not one to sit still for long, Zoe went to work as the office administrator for Home Instead Senior Care, Inc. She was drawn to Home Instead after the wonderful care they provided her mother during her later years. Zoe often said that her years with Home Instead were the most rewarding of her life. She loved the idea that she was able to help others during their time of need. Due to her illness, Zoe made the difficult decision to retire in 2014.

During her years living in Burlington’s Old North End, Zoe became concerned about the environmental issues posed by the impending construction of the McNeil Generating Plant. She decided to run for the position of ward 2 alderman for the City of Burlington. Her bid was successful and she served four years on the City Council under then Mayor Bernie Sanders.

Zoe was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. During her final days, she often woke Brian by playing Cardinals highlights on her phone in the middle of the night. She also enjoyed dollhouse miniatures and had a vast collection of pieces made by artists around the world, as well as many she created herself. Zoe’s love of everything little and her attention to the smallest of details made this the perfect hobby for her. Zoe enjoyed yoga, traveling and supporting local artists at craft fairs. She also loved long motorcycle rides with Brian. Zoe was a very caring and selfless person. She had a way of making everyone feel like a priority. She was always available for an aging relative, a busy niece or even a stranger with the same type of cancer as hers. To her family, Zoe was lovingly known as “The Commander” because of her remarkable ability to plan organize and delegate. We are not sure what we will do without her.

Zoe is survived by her loving husband, Brian Jones, of Williston, her sister Susan and Neil Abair, brothers Thomas and Carolyn Breiner, Charles and Nancy Breiner, Robert and Joan Perras and sister Judy and John Strickland. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Cyndi Jones and Steve Birnbaum, Marsha Jones and Gary Scardina , Peg and Garry Clark, Beth and Skeet Wage and Theresa and Mario Lizzio. She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Zoe was predeceased by her parents, Art and Gerry Breiner, her in-laws, Clair and Stan Jones, her godmother, Clara “Bunny” Perras, a sister-in-law, Virginia Breiner, a niece, Julie Bryden and many dear aunts, uncles and cousins. Zoe will be happily reunited with these loved ones, as well as her many feathered friends and her precious dog Rosie on the other side.

Throughout her illness, Zoe received top notch treatment both at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and at the University of Vermont Medical Center. The family would like to thank Dr. Carl Nelson and Dr. Claire Verschraegen as well as the fabulous nursing staff at both hospitals for their exceptional care. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Road Shelburne, Vt. The family will receive visitors at 9:30 a.m. The service will begin at 10:30. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The University of Vermont Cancer Center, Given S100, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405-1742. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

Thomas E. Komsta

Thomas E. Komsta (Tom), 62, of Williston died peacefully on Monday, Sept. 28, with family at his side at the Vermont Respite House in Williston following a long illness.

He is survived by his life partner, Martina (Marty) DelNevo; daughter, Desiree Komsta; grandsons, Matthew and Aiden; Marty’s sons, Zach and Josh Sundby; brother, Ted Komsta and spouse, Max; stepfather, Dominic (Billy) Pagliaro; niece, Michele Sproviero Interian and her family. He was predeceased by his parents, Gloria (Carrier) Pagliaro and Theodore Komsta, as well as his sister, June Komsta Sproviero.

Born Sept. 5, 1953, in Stamford, Conn., he graduated from Stamford High School in 1971 and Norwalk Technical College in 1978 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He began working for IBM upon graduation and spent his career at the Essex Junction and Manassas, Va. locations until 2001. Tom loved construction, so in the years following he rehabbed several homes in Fayetteville, N.C. After returning to Vermont, he was employed at Lowe’s and Curtis Lumber in Burlington.

He is remembered most by his family and friends for his kindness, his love of animals and very quick, dry wit. Tom had tremendous love for his family but being “Poppy” to his grandsons was extra special.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date to be decided by the family. Donations may be made in his memory to your local humane society or Vermont Respite House in Williston. Arrangements are by Stephen Gregory & Son Cremation.

Trucks and training at the Fire Department open house

Observer Photos by Al Frey Residents attended the Williston Fire Department Open House on Saturday, meeting firefighters, learning about safety and watching demonstrations; Ethan Dana, 4, from Essex takes a turn as a fireman; Rhea Pai, 3, is in the driver’s seat.





Observer Photos by Al Frey The open house included a fire demonstration  and safety trainings; Max Amaral, 21 months, looks out the windscreen of a fire truck during the Williston Fire Department Open House.

Observer Photos by Al Frey
The open house included a fire demonstration and safety trainings; Max Amaral, 21 months, looks out the windscreen of a fire truck during the Williston Fire Department Open House.


Recreation and Parks

By Todd Goodwin

Adult Programs

Voice-Overs…Now is your time!

Hear Brian Thon LIVE as he illustrates how you could begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films and videos. Brian will show you a unique, outside-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there. This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time. and with practically no overhead. Ages 18 and up, Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30.

Light ‘N’ Lively Mind and Body Exercise

Challenge yourself with this fun and social program. Each class begins with lively brain teasers, trivia and word games to stimulate and exercise memory and attention. A light, seated exercise time will provide the opportunity to engage and maintain your body in an energizing way. You will leave the class feeling light ‘n’ lively! Program held at Old Brick Church with Kathleen Cota. Ages 50+. Wednesdays, Oct. 28- Nov. 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $34.

Halloween Arrangement Workshop

Treat yourself to this beautiful fall arrangement with a spooky twist—it is no trick! Join Registered Horticultural Therapist and Master Gardener Donna Covais, who will guide you in building a gorgeous arrangement for yourself or to give as a gift. In addition, you will learn how to use the powerful effects of plant activities to reduce stress and improve your sense of wellbeing. Blind since age 40, Donna a former florist will inspire and motivate you. No experience necessary and all supplies are included. Ages 18 and up, Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $45.

Fitness Programs

Gentle Yoga: Ages 18 and up. Mondays and Wednesdays, September – May, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $60 for eight-visit punch card.

Boot Camp: Ages 16 and up. Tuesdays and Thursdays, September – May, 6-7 p.m. $60 for eight-visit punch card.

Circuit Fit: Ages 16 and up. Thursdays, Oct. 29 – Nov. 19, 8-9 a.m. $65. Fridays, Oct. 30- Nov. 20 7-8 a.m. $65.

Redcord Fit: Ages 16 and up. Mondays, Oct. 26 – Nov. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $65.

Senior Strength Training: Ages 50+, Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Year round. First class free, pricing and registration available at first class.

Zumba Gold: Ages 45+, Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. or Fridays, 10-11:00 a.m. Year round. First class free, pricing and registration available at first class.

Youth Programs

Young Rembrandts Fall Drawing

We’ll capture all of the colors of fall and more. Our rainbow giraffe seemingly captures the entire spectrum of colors in a very stylized drawing. Fun drawings will teach how to properly color with colored pencils. We’ll also take an imaginary journey to Paris as we draw the Eiffel Tower and learn about the master artist Peter Max. Kindergarten – grade 2 will focus on developing basic drawing and artist skills while grades 3-6 will focus on enhancing drawing skills and more advanced artistic concepts. K – grade 2, Thursdays, Oct. 15 – Dec. 10, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Grades 3-6, Tuesdays, Oct. 13 – Dec. 8, 3 – 4 p.m. $90.


The Recreation Department and Green Mountain Training Center are teaming up to offer this introductory gymnastics program. Older children will have the opportunity to learn and use the vault, bars, balance beam, floor exercise, tumble track and in-ground foam pit. Younger children will be introduced to movement and tumbling. A parent is required to be on the floor with his 3- or 4-year-old child. Children will be split into three different age groups. Ages 3-4, 5-7 and 8-12. All groups meet Saturdays, Oct. 24 – Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $65.

Movement & Mindfulness Adventures

This four-week program will encourage students to learn about their learning style, personal and social strengths and their physical fitness abilities. Students will explore different stress reduction exercises to build strength, balance and flexibility and breathing practices to promote focus and increase concentration. Grades 3-5, Wednesdays, Oct. 28 – Nov. 18, 3 – 4:30 p.m. $90.

Todd Goodwin is the Williston Recreation and Parks director.

Letters to the Editor

Senate update

Call me old-fashioned but I still believe Vermonters are entitled to private lives. That’s why I’m increasingly concerned with the deterioration of meaningful privacy in this technological age.

Privacy used to be a concern primarily for celebrities. Now everyday Americans can find little refuge from the private companies and government agencies who keep track of our every move and transaction. Companies like Google inspect our every keyboard stroke while we’re online; telecom providers like AT&T give our emails and texts to the National Security Agency; and local law enforcement use cruiser-mounted cameras to track our movement on the roadways.

Technological innovation has moved too quickly for the public to preserve privacy on terms we choose. Yes, public safety and efficient commerce require some sacrifices, but the people should set the terms of those trade-offs.

In January, a Republican colleague and I introduced S.18, An Act Relating to Privacy Protection. While not comprehensive, the bill addresses four privacy-related topics—the use of license plate-reading cameras by police departments, the use of commercial and government drones, inappropriate access or disclosure of a person’s medical records and the release of private commercial information to government agencies.

In October, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be convening four meetings to explore these and other privacy issues further. The meetings will be on Oct. 13, 14, 21 and 22, with a public hearing the evening of Oct. 21. All Vermonters are welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend but wish to express your opinion on privacy issues, please email me directly at [email protected]

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of autumn and feel free to contact me with questions or comments on this or any other state issue.

State Senator Tim Ashe
Chittenden County