October 19, 2017

Boys stay strong at the net

Jacob Boliba wins the joust with the Lyndon blocker during CVU's match with Lyndon on Friday afternoon in Hinesburg.

Jacob Boliba wins the joust with the Lyndon blocker during CVU’s match with Lyndon on Friday afternoon in Hinesburg.

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CVU takes field for cancer fundraiser

Observer courtesy photo The Champlain Valley High School field hockey team, along with second-year coach Tucker Pierson, is turning this week’s game into a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

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The Champlain Valley High School field hockey team, along with second-year coach Tucker Pierson, is turning this
week’s game into a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

By Lauren Read
Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley Union High School field hockey coach Tucker Pierson has plenty of experience with cancer. She lost both parents to the disease.

In remembrance of all those who have battled cancer, the Redhawks leader and her team have decided to dedicate one of their games to the cause. On Tuesday, the Redhawks will host their second Coaches vs. Cancer game, when the team takes on Mount Mansfield at 3:45 p.m. in Hinesburg. [Read more…]

Redhawks topple defending champs

Jared Forsythe makes a sure tackle during CVU's football clash with the Wolves in So Burlington on Friday night

Jared Forsythe makes a sure tackle during CVU’s football clash with the Wolves in So Burlington on Friday night

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Blood donation opportunities for October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.

“I had no idea what to expect, but the experience was very easy and quite rewarding,” said donor Alice Donofrio, who gave blood for the first time in memory of her mother, who received several blood transfusions while being treated for breast cancer.

“I try and give blood as often as I can, and every time it gives me a good feeling in my heart. It is so nice to know that taking just an hour or so out of my day can help save the lives of others.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Chittenden County include:

BURLINGTON

Oct. 17: 1 p.m.-7 p.m., University of Vermont Patrick Gym, 97 Spear Street Oct. 18: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Champlain College, South Willard Street Oct. 30: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The University of Vermont Medical Center, 111 Colchester Avenue

ESSEX

Oct. 21: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Holy Family Church, 4 Prospect Street Oct. 28: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way

SOUTH BURLINGTON

Oct. 27: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., South Burlington High School, 550 Dorset Street

WILLISTON

Oct. 21: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 225 Interstate Corporate Center

WINOOSKI

Oct. 25: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MyWebGrocer, Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way

Obituaries

OBIT - HarrewynPamela Ann Harrewyn

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Pamela Ann Harrewyn passed away Sept. 1 at the Vermont Respite House in Colchester, a sanctuary for individuals who are at the end of their lives. A celebration of Pam’s life will be on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.

The ceremony will commence at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at 3:30 p.m. to include appetizers, full cash bar and live classic Flamenco music until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT 05403 or Williston Community Food Shelf, 400 Cornerstone Drive, #130, Williston, VT 05495.

Dustin John Haselton

Dustin John Haselton, 36, of Burlington, Vermont, passed away suddenly on September 29, 2017.

Born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Dusty was the son of Cynthia Ames Haselton and the late Franklin “Gary” Baldwin Haselton.

In 1990, the Haselton family moved from Edgecomb, Maine, to Williston, Vermont, where Dusty attended Williston Central School and Champlain Valley Union High School.

He went on to Drew University, where he met his future wife, Melinda Haley, before graduating from St. Michael’s College in 2004.

Dusty was a loving, bright, hilarious and caring soul who was committed to making the world a better place.

Over the years, he worked for a number of social and progressive advocacy organizations in Vermont, including TrueMajority, VPIRG and Special Olympics Vermont.

After struggling on and off with the disease of addiction for many years, Dusty was intent on becoming a counselor to help others in need.

He was completing coursework towards this goal when he succumbed to his illness. Melinda and Dusty shared 18 years of friendship and recently celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary.

In 2014, they welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Kaia, who became the absolute joy of Dusty’s life.

He loved her immensely.

He also loved Phish, snowboarding, politics, literature, Maine, walking his beloved dog Izzy in the Vermont woods, competing against his brother in all activities (but mostly tennis), and being a constant source of sometimes irreverent humor.

Along with Melinda and Kaia Haselton, Dusty is survived by his mother Cyndi of Colchester, VT; identical twin brother Britt and his wife Lexie of Bolton, VT; younger sister Hannah and her husband Doug Jackson of Colchester, VT; older sister Hillary of Denver, CO; Melinda’s parents Joseph and Diane Haley of Ghent, NY; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and dozens of close, loving friends.

He was predeceased by his father in 2010 as well as four grandparents: Philip and Shirley Haselton, and John and Patricia Ames. A celebration of Dusty’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on October 15, 2017, at the Isham Family Farm, 3515 Oak Hill Road, Williston, VT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Mockingbird Foundation (www.mbird. org) or The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County (www.turningpointcentervt.org).

Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of Ready Family, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To send online condolences, please visit www.cremationsocietycc.com.

Library Notes

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Letters to the Editor

Observer courtesy photo A dog costume contest will be one of the events at Saturday’s dog celebration at the Isham Family Farm on Oak Hill Road.

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A dog costume contest will be one of the events at Saturday’s dog celebration
at the Isham Family Farm on Oak Hill Road.

Dogs, Halloween and the farm Williston has been my home for over 16 years.

I live, work and spend most of my hours within its borders. [Read more…]

Guest Column: We are not wavering on clean water

By Julie Moore

Despite the Gov. Phil Scott Administration’s commitment to restoring Vermont’s waterways and funding clean water initiatives, recent news stories have given the impression that we are decelerating our efforts.

This is not the case. The Agency of Natural Resources and all the partners engaged in this work — including other state agencies, Vermont municipalities, regional planning commissions, conservation districts, non-profit and watershed organizations, and private landowners — are moving ahead as quickly as possible to develop, design, fund and implement clean water projects.

Contrary to some recent news reports, neither I, nor the governor, nor anyone in his administration, have called for spending less money on clean water.

Spending on clean water is increasing year-overyear, not decreasing: There was a full 70 percent increase in clean water funding between fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

It was always anticipated that less money would be spent in the early years on certain types of projects — such as retrofitting existing developments with stormwater controls — as regulatory drivers are put in place, and more would be spent in later years.

We do have an obligation to put funding to work with appropriate management and oversight. Taxpayers expect, and rightly so, that their money will be invested in our water environment as quickly as possible, but also in a way that ensures it is spent effectively and with accountability.

That is our great challenge. Vermonters may remember President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the search for “shovel-ready” projects to fund. We face a similar challenge in lining up projects in Vermont that are ready to go to construction.

Although we understand where many of the water quality needs lie across our landscape, it takes time to develop the expertise and resources in both public and private sectors necessary to implement projects in accountable ways and to ensure we will be measuring what we get for our money.

That is what I have been, and am, advocating for: a realistic, practical and effective long-term strategy. That has unfortunately been misrepresented as a desire to slow down spending on the cleanup of Lake Champlain and other waters.

Together, through the course of decades, even centuries, of living, building and farming on Vermont’s landscape, we have created the problems in our waters.

And it will take time — measured in years, not weeks or months — to correct those problems. Ensuring that we are laying the proper foundation is essential.

I urge Vermonters who are concerned to get involved and learn the real story of what we are doing, how we are doing it and why. Come to a public hearing on the issue, or look at the documents we have gathered related to clean water funding at: anr.vermont.gov/ about/special-topics/act-73-cleanwater-funding.

See for yourselves what progress we are making and what work lies ahead.

Julie Moore is secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Hannaford donates $5K to food shelf

Observer courtesy photo Hannaford Supermarkets Director of Operations Samara Bushey (right) and Williston Store Manager Paul Provo (left) recently presented a $5,000 donation to Williston Community Food Shelf President Ginger Morton (center) at the Hannaford store in Williston. The donation will be used to support the hunger relief efforts of the food shelf, which serves residents of Williston, St. George, Richmond and Essex. The donation was part of a celebration of the reopening of the Williston Hannaford store following a renovation that brought additional product variety and prepared meal options.

Observer courtesy photo
Hannaford Supermarkets Director of Operations Samara Bushey
(right) and Williston Store Manager Paul Provo (left) recently
presented a $5,000 donation to Williston Community Food Shelf
President Ginger Morton (center) at the Hannaford store in Williston.
The donation will be used to support the hunger relief efforts of the
food shelf, which serves residents of Williston, St. George, Richmond
and Essex. The donation was part of a celebration of the reopening
of the Williston Hannaford store following a renovation that
brought additional product variety and prepared meal options.

Feds: 15-person human smuggling attempt thwarted

The federal government detained three men Tuesday after a hearing in United States District Court in Burlington, charging them in connection with an alleged smuggling attempt of 15 people into the United States near the Canadian border in Derby, Vt., on Saturday.

The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that 25-year-old Hector Ramon Perez-Alvarado of Honduras used a van to help 11 Guatemalan citizens and four Mexican citizens cross the border at Derby.

Two of the Mexican citizens, Noe Perez-Ramires, 33, and Alberto Alvarado-Castro, 29, were charged with re-entry after previously being deported.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, both men were removed from the country on multiple occasions; Alvarado-Castro reportedly has multiple felony burglary convictions.According to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border patrol agents spotted a van Saturday night making multiple trips from a motel in Derby to an unidentified spot off a side road near the border.

Agents reportedly saw several people on foot near the van heading south from the border. Agents pulled the van over in the motel parking lot. It allegedly contained six passengers without legal status, and was driven by Perez-Alvarado, also without legal status.

Agents then searched a hotel room and found nine more people without legal status. The defendants are in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service and have been assigned public defenders.

“This case in an excellent example of the dedication and hard work put forth by border patrol agents to keep our country and communities safe,” Border Patrol Swanton Sector Chief John Pfeifer said in a press release.

“Our agents did an outstanding job thwarting this smuggling attempt.”