February 20, 2017

Redhawks top Hilltoppers

Coach Mike Osborne gives instructions to his troops durring CVU's game versus St Johnsbury Academy on Monday the 13th at CVU

Coach Mike Osborne gives instructions to his troops durring CVU’s game versus St Johnsbury Academy on Monday the 13th at CVU

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CVU week in sports

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Boys Basketball

Champlain Valley 57,
St. Johnsbury 52
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Girls volleyball coach to leave Redhawks

CVU-Volleyball---A-few-memories-1By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Gino Johnson, who has coached the girls volleyball team at CVU since it began, announced on Friday, Feb. 10 that he would be stepping down. [Read more…]

Amazon.com’s Vermont sales tax begins

Observer courtesy photo Erin Sigrist, the president of the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association, welcomed Amazon.com's announcement that it began collecting sales tax from customers in Vermont starting on Feb. 1.

Observer courtesy photo
Erin Sigrist, the president of the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association, welcomed Amazon.com’s announcement that it began collecting sales tax from customers in Vermont starting on Feb. 1.

By Erin Mansfield

For Vermont Digger

Amazon.com began collecting sales tax from customers in Vermont starting on Feb. 1, a decision that political and business leaders said they have been working for years to achieve. [Read more…]

HUB happenings: Comings and Goings

Jordan Adams, promoted from Assistant Music Editor to Music Editor for Seven Days.

Jordan Adams, promoted from Assistant Music Editor to Music Editor for Seven Days.

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HUB Happenings

HUBPIX-Happs-RamuntosRamunto’s lends a hand to Public Works

A Williston-based pizza shop gave a warm belly to some hardworking, chilly Williston Public Works employees on Monday, amid the snowstorm that shut down all schools in the immediate area. Arriving with six pizza pies from Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza, was a note to the snowplow drivers, salters and other workers that spent the day clearing roadways when so many offices were shut down. “Thank you for all you do on days like this,” said a note in magic marker on one of the boxes. “Stay safe and enjoy a little lunch on us. Love, Your friends @ Ramunto’s!” Lisa Schaeffler, assistant director of Public Works, told the Observer about the gift on Facebook Monday, saying they were pleased to get the pies, “thanking them for all of their hard work!! With a very nice note!!” [Read more…]

45 Vt. businesses named Best Places to Work

By John Boutin

Special to the Observer

Last month, Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce revealed the most desirable places to land a job in the state of Vermont, with their annual list “Best Places to Work in Vermont 2017.” [Read more…]

Plato’s Closet offspring, Style Encore, fills big shoes

HUBPIX-StyleEncoreInteriorBy Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Plato’s Closet, the popular secondhand retail store in Taft Corners, is loosening its belt. The family behind the shop, which is part of a national franchise, is about to celebrate 15 years in business —and in the same week, they’re opening the doors of a second used-clothing business that will be run with the help of the next generation. [Read more…]

Obituary

OBITPIX2-LaureAngelLaure Isabelle Marie Angel

Laure Isabelle Marie Angel, 36, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in the Northeast Kingdom town of Brighton, Vt. following a snowmobile accident.

Laure was born in Villeubanne, France on March 30, 1980, the daughter of Gilles Angel and Françoise (Devau) Hatfield, and moved to Virginia with her mother as a teenager.

She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in education. She was an avid biker and outdoors person, hiking the Appalachian Trail two times. She died enjoying the outdoors.

Laure was scheduled to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen on March 20, 2017. She was a middle and high-school teacher at CVU before teaching at U32 in Montpelier, where she taught social studies. She was also a department head at U32 and a union official.

She will be dearly missed by her students, friends and family. Laure is survived by her mother Françoise Hatfield and her husband Kenneth of Dunn Loring, Va., by her fiancé and best friend Kevin Wood of Williston, her stepsisters and brothers Emily Angel of Barcelona, Spain, Fin Hatfield of Dunn Loring, Michael Hatfield of Falls Church, and Keith Hatfield of Leesburg, and by Skadi Hatfield, the mother of her niece Vivian and nephew Nicholas.

Laure is also survived by her future in-laws Kevin and Heidi Wood of Williston and their children Sherman Wood of Bristol and Tasha Manchester of Grand Isle.

She was predeceased by her father Gilles Raymond Angel in 2012.

Visiting hours were Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton. Memorial contributions may be made to the U32 scholarship fund in Laure Angel’s name to 930 Gallison Hill Road Montpelier, VT 05602.

A Celebration of Laure’s life was held Sunday at 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Burlington, Vt.

Online condolences may be made at minorfh.com.

Library Notes

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