August 29, 2016

New bike map offers a peek at Burlington’s green infrastructure

A self-guided bike tour map of Burlington’s green stormwater infrastructure was published this month by the Green Infrastructure Collaborative and the organization, working in collaboration with several educational institutions in the area, invites cyclists and those interested in stormwater efforts, to take the 7-mile loop through the city. [Read more…]

Green Mountain Power to buy 14 more hydroelectric dams

By Mike Polhamus

For Vermont Digger

Vermont’s largest electric utility has committed to purchase 14 hydroelectric dams in New England and to get power from two others — a buy that will net Green Mountain Power an added 17 megawatts of energy production for just over $20 million. [Read more…]

Kids, cops and a kindergarten kickoff

Observer photo by Jess Wislowski Detective Sgt. Justin Huizenga shows  his handcuffs to Monte (right) and Richard Rosenfeld duing the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Kindergarten Kickoff. Sgt. Huizenga hosted the police officer story time.

Observer photo by Jess Wislowski
Detective Sgt. Justin Huizenga shows his handcuffs to Monte (right) and Richard Rosenfeld duing the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Kindergarten Kickoff. Sgt. Huizenga hosted the police officer story time.

Observer photo by Jess Wislowski (RIGHT) At the Summer Finale Magic Show, a magician dazzled the crowd with amazing tricks.

Observer photo by Jess Wislowski
 At the Summer Finale Magic Show, a magician dazzled the crowd with amazing tricks.

 

 

Dispatches from the Fire Dept.

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Observer photos courtesy of the Williston Fire Department Firefighters quickly extinguished a car fire that occurred off of James Brown Drive on Aug. 18.

Observer photos courtesy of the Williston Fire Department
Firefighters quickly extinguished a car fire that occurred off of James Brown Drive on Aug. 18.

Early morning fire causes damage to Allen Brook

On Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 4:38 a.m., the Williston Fire Department was alerted to a fire alarm at the Allen Brook School off Talcott Road. Firefighters arrived within two minutes to find smoke in the building, the Fire Department said. The crew from Engine 3 and Rescue 2 extinguished a fire in a common space within a classroom area. The fire originated in a residential style fan unit, which extended to flooring, but not to nearby combustibles, the Department said in a release on social media. [Read more…]

Federal experts partner with Vermont police for Labor Day checkpoints

By Scott Davidson

Special to the Observer

In 2015, our nation lost over 35,000 lives on our roadways — 57 of those were in Vermont. Impairment by alcohol, drugs or both were a contributing factor in almost half of last year’s fatal crashes in Vermont. [Read more…]

State Supreme Court clears way for gas price-fixing suit

By Morgan True

For Vermont Digger

The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from four northwestern Vermont gas wholesalers seeking to toss out a class-action suit that accuses them of price fixing. [Read more…]

Recreation & Parks

Adult Programs

Here is a list of adult programs that are starting in early September. Be sure to register now for the programs that you want to join. Spots fill up fast. Register online at willistonrec.org. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

An F-35 wake up call

The recent “Wings Over Vermont” air show in Burlington that featured the USAF F-16 Thunderbirds exhibition team should be a profound wake up call to all the affected Chittenden County residents who were impacted by the intense noise levels and low level passes over their homes and neighborhoods. [Read more…]

Guest Column: National Parks at 100: Showcasing America’s ideal of stewardship

By Patrick Leahy

It’s been called “America’s Best Idea.” This week we celebrate an important date in our nation’s history. One-hundred years ago the U.S. made a bold and thoughtful declaration about our country’s future by choosing to forever preserve our nation’s past, as reflected in our finest natural and cultural treasures, with the creation of the National Park Service. [Read more…]

Around Town

HOMESTEAD DECLARATION

The town of Williston Listers’/Assessor’s office has recently identified approximately 125 parcels that it believes should be filing the HS-122 form (Homestead Declaration). The state will not be sending any letters to the owners of these parcels until September. [Read more…]