October 2, 2014

Burlington High next for CVU field hockey unit

CVU forward Lily Schmoker stays focused during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against South Burlington. Schmoker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU forward Lily Schmoker stays focused during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against South Burlington. Schmoker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

A three-game home stand comes to an end Saturday when the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team plays host to Burlington High in a 1 p.m. contest.
The Redhawks, with two straight 1-0 victories following a 1-0 home loss last week to Mount Mansfield Union, had a Wednesday (Observer press time) session with visiting 3-2-1 Middlebury Union High.
Coach Kate McDonald’s 4-1-1 Redhawks are coming off a three-game week, having bowed to the Cougars last Tuesday before winning Thursday at Mount Abraham and then nipping South Burlington High on Spirit Day Saturday.
The lone score Saturday came with just under eight minutes remaining, as senior Lily Schmoker got loose in front of the Rebels’ cage to slap home the tally.
The Redhawks had been scrambling around the South Burlington goal for several minutes before Schmoker stroked the game winner.
South Burlington came back down the field to threaten, but the CVU defense was able to get the ball back and clear it back into Rebel territory in the final minute.
“When they (South Burlington) take the ball down the side it can be trouble,” said Redhawks’ defender Kathryn Asch, who took possession of the ball from the Rebel offense during one of their last sorties.
Asch recalled a playoff game last fall in which the Rebels scored the game winning goal after a penalty corner with just 20 seconds remaining.
This time, CVU generally controlled play, holding a 10-4 edge in shot on goal.
Redhawks’ netminder Tashia Pashby-Rockwood made four stops in chalking up her fifth shutout in six outings.
McDonald was away Saturday and jayvee mentor Enid Wonnacott was the head Redhawk. Her undefeated jayvees scored a late goal for a 2-2 deadlock with the little Rebs in the second contest.
It was a first half goal by Kate Burke on an assist from Kate Machavern that provided the lone tally in the victory at Mount Abraham.

CVU eleven out to tame rampaging Tigers at homecoming


By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After getting bopped in the Northeast Kingdom last Saturday, the 1-3 Champlain Valley Union High football team return to Hinesburg and homecoming weekend this Saturday with undefeated and top-ranked defending Division 1 champion Middlebury Union High paying a visit to the Redhawks’ school side nest.
Unbeaten last year in cruising to the division crown, the Tigers come in 4-0 having defeated Essex High (41-29), Hartford High (34-14), Colchester High (34-0) and, last Friday night, Rutland High (41-19).
“They (Tigers) are even better than last year,” said CVU head coach Jim Provost Sunday as he looked ahead to Middlebury. “They have a little bit of everything,” he added. “The have size, speed, they hit hard and they are well-coached.”
“We will be practicing with the idea we can win this game,” Provost said. “We have the talent. The question is can we last four quarters.”
Middlebury is led by veteran senior quarterback Austin Robinson, who is good for one or two long scoring runs per contest and also passes with efficiency. Halfback Bobby Ritter also poses a scoring threat from anywhere on the field.
“We just have to hold them in check and be disciplined out there,” said Provost.
At St. Johnsbury, the Redhawks rolled to a 21-7 lead in the first half but then an old bugaboo—coughing up early leads—came around as the Hilltoppers sliced the lead to 21-14 by halftime and emerged from a see-saw second half to put up a late tally for the 52-40 triumph.
“We were up 21-7 and in charge. Unfortunately, they got a touchdown on a long pass before halftime,” made some adjustments and the game was back and forth after that, Provost said.
The Redhawks had some solid offensive performances in the up-and-down the field drama, in which 92 points were put on the board.
Quarterback Andrew Bortnick kept the ball for 21 sorties for 121 yards and three touchdowns. He passed the pigskin for another 132 yards.
His ground pounding sidekick halfback Rich Lowrey roamed for 99 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
“Bortnick had a great day,” said Provost. The coach noted the junior signal caller was a victim of an angry ankle and as of Sunday was considered in a day-to-day situation.
Bortnick’s Hilltopper counterpart, veteran quarterback Colton Hudson, was a juggernaut for the winners, running for 119 yards and three scores and completing 19 of 30 passes for 229 yards and three six-pointers. Some 109 of his rushing yards came in the second half including a 27-yard scoring burst with two-and-a-half minutes left in the game to seal the deal.
Hudson’s favorite target was receiver Ronnie Gobin, with seven catches and 154 yards gained.

Music, LEGOs and Yoga!

The Living Green Fair is excited to have Donald Knaack (aka The Junkman™) performing in concert at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. He will also invite children in the audience to come up and play his ‘junk music’ instruments as part of an interactive ‘Junk Jam’ following each concert.

The Living Green Fair is excited to have Donald Knaack (aka The Junkman™) performing in concert at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. He will also invite children in the audience to come up and play his ‘junk music’ instruments as part of an interactive ‘Junk Jam’ following each concert.

The Junkman

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Knaak is a classically trained percussionist and composer who has used recycled materials as his instruments of music since long before the eco-green movement was cool. He’s the Daddy of Eco-Beat. He calls it Junk Music™. He’s performed at Lincoln Center, The Van’s Warped Tour (with Eminem, Black Eyed Peas and Blink 182), The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, Sundance Film Festival, concerts with Phish, Seoul Drum Festival, Summer Series Dubai, many schools and colleges and a solo concert at the United Nation’s COP 16 Conference on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, where he was awarded the “Cantando por el Planeta” award by the Federal Government of Mexico for its HOP (Help Our Planet) environmental education program for schools. His HOP program was also a recipient of the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.


A LEGOs Look at Daily Peak Energy Usage
All day

Using a model created with LEGOs, the Vermont Electric Cooperative illustrates daily peaks in energy usage and how they affect electric rates, in a fun and interactive way. See how consumers use electricity throughout the day and how demand for power spikes at certain times. The model indicates that if consumers could reduce consumption during these energy peak times and shift usage of items such as dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers to when demand for electricity goes back down, these peaks in energy usage could be shaved, which would help control costs that impact electric rates.


Acro Yoga Demos by Vermont Acro Yoga
2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Lori Flower has been an RYT Yoga instructor since 2000, a Thai Bodyworker and has been certified in Acro Yoga since 2011. Flower is based in Montpelier and leads retreats and workshops throughout the Northeast. She is the founder of Karmic Connection Yoga, a healing movement of engaging yogic practice that inspires people to “interconnect with deep reverence for life.”
Clary Franko has been doing Acro Yoga for more than two years and loves it for the blending of strength and breath of yoga with the playfulness of acrobatics and cooperation and communication of partner work. She is a certified teacher through AcroYoga Montreal and teaches in Burlington.

Seminar Schedule


Videos Tell Sustainability Stories and Work toward Hopeful, Local Sustainable Futures
11 a.m. • UVM Davis Center

Tom Hudspeth from UVM’s Environmental Program and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources will present a series of “Sustainability Stories” at the Living Green Fair on Sept.27. Students in the UVM Creating Environmentally Sustainable Communities service-learning course produced videos and papers that tell stories about local individuals and groups who serve as role models for others to emulate while transitioning to more environmentally sustainable communities.
The stories highlight people who inspire, encourage and empower others, people who have a positive vision of a sustainable future (an alternative to the dominant social paradigm, the status quo) and take action to achieve it, to turn it into reality. The stories seek to operationalize sustainability, humanize it, make it more concrete, make it come alive and put a face on it.

These Boots Were Made For Walking…and Biking and Busing and Car-Sharing
12 p.m. • UVM Davis Center

Regional transportation providers and advocates will share how they can help you become green simply by changing your driving habits. Featured speakers from CarShare Vermont, CCTA and Local Motion will make the case for going multi-modal and explain in simple terms how to ride the bus, what bike commuting is all about and how car-sharing ties it all together. Remember, you’re not stuck in traffic – you ARE traffic! Learn how to be part of the solution, save money and get fit simply by driving less.
Meredith Birkett has been with CCTA since 2003 and is the Director of Service Development. She oversees rural and urban bus route planning, marketing, outreach and IT. She received BA degrees in Economics and Policy Studies from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2000 and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 2003.
Annie Bourdon is founder and executive director of CarShare Vermont, Vermont’s first car-sharing organization. She is a sustainable transportation enthusiast who has been involved in the car-sharing industry since its arrival in the U.S. over a decade ago. Bourdon has worked for and led social change nonprofits since graduating from Bates College in 1998. In early 2001, she helped her two friends launch San Francisco’s City CarShare, where she spent four years expanding mission-driven car sharing throughout the Bay Area and beyond. While starting up CarShare Vermont, she also completed a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Vermont. She also serves on the boards of several car sharing organizations in North America.
Mary Catherine Graziano is the outreach and education manager at Local Motion, a non-profit organization dedicated to making it safe, fun and easy to walk and bike in Vermont. Local Motion specializes in active transportation and provides many resources for people to incorporate bicycling and walking into their lifestyles. Graziano holds a B.A. in Environment and Development from McGill University (class of 2001) She has over a decade of experience with education, for both adults and children, as well as with sustainability and recreation.

Compost Q&A Session with CSWD
2 p.m. • UVM Davis Center

Become a composting and recycling rocket scientist!
Every day, we’re all doing the same thing: figuring out how to get rid of stuff without sending it to the landfill. Sometimes it feels like you have to be a rocket scientist to determine whether something goes in the bin or not. Well, then, become a rocket scientist! Come to a lively Q&A session hosted by CSWD at the Living Green Fair and you will emerge with the know-how and resources to make you a composting and recycling rocket scientist!

You’ll learn:
Tips and tricks for determining what is recyclable and compostable at home, school, work and play
How to set up a system that works wherever you are, so you’re capturing as much as possible out of the waste stream
What the new Universal Recycling & Composting Law (Act 148) means for you.

New Technology to Help You Save On Heating Bills
1 p.m. • UVM Davis Center

VPIRG Clean Energy Advocate Ben Walsh will be at the Living Green Fair to speak about a new technology that can save Vermonters 50 percent on their heating bills! It’s called a cold climate heat pump.
He’ll explain how the technology works and how you can take the next step to get one installed.
Ben Walsh has served as the Clean Energy Advocate for VPIRG since 2012. Prior to taking over VPIRG’s Energy Program, he led VPIRG’s grassroots organizing as its Field Director. A native of Vermont, Walsh holds a BS in Environmental Studies and BA in Political Science from UVM. At VPIRG, he works to research, identify and advance clean energy policy solutions in and out of the State House.

All Are Welcome at the Living Green Fair in Burlington this Saturday!


The Living Green Fair will be held at the LEED-certified UVM Davis Center on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Learn how to make more environmentally and socially conscious decisions in your everyday life and have some fun!
Programming will include workshops and activities for adults and children, as well as a variety of exhibitors who want to share their knowledge with you. We welcome those of all ages looking to learn and understand more about what sustainability is and how we can make it a part of our everyday lives.
A highlight of the event will be two performances by Donald Knaak, aka The Junkman, featuring a short solo concert followed by an interactive “Junk Jam” in which he invites children in the audience to play his “junk music” instruments, which are made of 100 percent recycled materials.
Other activities include Vermont Acro Yoga demos, an interactive Lego energy activity hosted by Vermont Energy Co-op and workshops presented by UVM’s Environmental Studies Program, CSWD, Go Chittenden County, Efficiency Vermont and VPIRG. Paul Burns, VPIRG’s executive director, will offer opening statements in the Maple Ballroom at 10:30 a.m.
Community sponsors/supporters include The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, The University of Vermont Environmental Studies Program, The Vermont Student Environmental Program (VSTEP), Go! Chittenden County, WCAX-TV, Green Living Journal, Efficiency Vermont, Chittenden Solid Waste District, VT Sustainable Jobs Fund (Farm to Plate), Vermont Electric Co-op, VPIRG and Localvore Today.
The show is produced by Williston Publishing & Promotions, a locally-owned company based in Williston in conjunction with the University of Vermont. We hope you will join us!

Little Details: Protection and reflection


By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

Al-Qaeda. ISIS. ISIL. Khorasan. Terrorist organizations multiply in a world of political turmoil, ethno-religious strife and gaping wealth disparities. Threats to our sense of security proliferate, at home and abroad.
Al-Qaeda, the global militant Islamist group, became a household word following the 9/11 attacks. Operating across borders, Al-Qaeda introduced Americans to suicidal terror missions and the concept of “sleeper cells” awaiting activation.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), is a Sunni jihadist group claiming religious authority over all Muslims. Levant refers, collectively, to Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and an area within southern Turkey. This is the group which released the “Flames of War” video; it runs like movie trailer, designed to instill fear while also serving as a recruitment tool for those who would join their cause. ISIS is also associated with recent, gruesome beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.
Khorasan, based in Syria, has historic ties to Al-Qaeda and is deemed to pose particular threats to targets in Europe and the United States.
As someone who follows the news, it sometimes feels like trying to keep up with the “terrorist agency du jour,” tracking the ever-evolving players, tactics and geographies of these groups.
Terrorism is defined as political activity relying on violence—or the threat of violence—to achieve one’s means. Terrorism reflects a certain desperation. It is often a weapon of the weak, used to strike a much more powerful, yet seemingly less nimble, foe.
Who is or is not a terrorist is subject to some interpretation.
Ireland’s protracted war for independence spurred home-grown insurgents to engage in violent acts—sabotage, kidnappings and bombings—against better-equipped British military forces. Were these freedom fighters or brazen terrorists, willing to kill in pursuit of their political objectives?
American foreign policy earned us friends and foes. Brandishing military and economic might made us a key player in the complex chess game of international relations. One move impacts another, which impacts another.
As the Obama administration wrestles with the latest incarnations of terrorism, I find myself wondering about the mindset of those recruited to carry out violent terrorist acts. This is what I learned:
Terrorists tend to be revolutionaries, seeking significant change. They focus almost entirely on planning and carrying out acts of terrorism. They feel cheated by society. Young men with little to lose and an orientation toward risk-taking are common recruits, but women can be found among their ranks. They tend to see issues as black or white, with very little gray in between. To those who would harm us, the United States represents a corrupt existing order, an order which must be overthrown, even at the expense of loss of innocents.
Democracies are more vulnerable to terrorist attacks than totalitarian systems. Freedom of movement, the right to bear arms and the lack of military omnipresence provide positive conditions for terrorist acts. The challenge remains in how to stop and/or slow terrorism without curtailing civil liberties.
As we build coalitions, send military advisors, fly drones and contemplate another series of boots-on-the-ground offensives, I can only hope we step up efforts to evaluate our nation’s image and actions as a parallel step. Understanding why we are hated just might be a positive step in resolving present and future conflicts.

Katherine Bielawa Stamper, a Williston resident, was a 2013 finalist for the Coolidge Prize for Journalism. Reader comments are welcome at [email protected] or [email protected]

Letters to the Editor


Time for Bernie
We can trust Bernie Sanders to defend the government programs hard working people have spent years establishing. Bernie shows disapproval, even at times anger, against the agenda of the super wealthy attempting to turn the country over. Senator Sanders is a fine senator, he connects closely with the people he represents, he stands firm in his ideas and he approves of President Obama’s moderation in military matters. And Bernie saying “Thank God!” (for Obama) is in perfect accordance with the founding fathers design of separation of church and state, meant to protect the holy church from the power of kings. I am for the first time in years eager about a coming election and to see what fine candidates emerge to help us keep our homeland secure, our cities safe and well- zoned and our counties lush and green. We will see who God sets over us in the next presidential election.
Samuel Teasdale

Bernie not right for America
In January 1972, I went to Montpelier to a public service board hearing. There were representatives from all the utilities in the state at the hearing. There was also a rather disheveled man there with a whole busload of welfare recipients (who paid for the bus I don’t know). This unkempt man with no tie and uncombed hair was pushing for basically free utilities for all. He looked like a bum. He still is a bum, but now he wears a tie and does comb his hair. He is a United States senator, thinking of running for president. We have a community organizer now as president—how is that working out for you? Is our great country gone or can we save it?
Ralph M. McGregor

Open Internet rules matter most outside the Beltway


By Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Doris Matsui

Open Internet principles are the Bill of Rights for the online world. The Internet provides for free expression and a free and open marketplace where competition drives innovation. This should not change.
Right now, the Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal that would create a two-tiered system and significantly alter the public’s unfettered ability to access content online. This should not happen. A record number of Americans—more than 1 million—have already spoken out and urged the FCC not to approve this misguided plan. This outpouring of comments reflects what has always been clear: Americans care deeply about the future of the Internet and the unparalleled opportunity it provides for free expression and an open marketplace of ideas.
Rather than keep this important dialogue limited to Washington, we urge the FCC to hold a series of public roundtable discussions outside the Beltway to hear personally from those Americans who rely on an open Internet to function in a modern world. We applaud FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for announcing a schedule of roundtable discussions in Washington, but as the volume of comments from citizens across the country plainly demonstrates, the decisions made by the FCC on this issue will have a deep impact outside of the nation’s capital. The peoples’ voices should be heard.
Americans are concerned the FCC’s proposal could pave the way for Internet “fast lanes,” or paid prioritization agreements. We join the American people in urging the FCC not to allow this to happen. Paid prioritization would dramatically reshuffle the digital deck by altering the public’s unfettered ability to access content online. It could allow an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or a broadband provider the ability to offer preferential treatment to one content provider over another. If the FCC allows this to become reality, consumer choice would be at the mercy of the highest bidder.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Allowing paid prioritization agreements would stifle investment, innovation and creativity throughout the economy. A small business in Vermont or a start-up in California would face a choice between spending money to develop and improve their products or diverting those funds to pay for priority access to potential customers. With the uncertainty created by these agreements, investors will no doubt be hesitant to bet on the next technology, content or social platform that is still being dreamed up in a dorm room, basement or garage. “Pay-for-play” proposals could essentially squeeze out the next innovative company poised to become a household name.
Americans want a level playing field where they can make their own choices. Consumers do not want a two-tiered Internet and they have overwhelmingly weighed in against paid prioritization. We agree, which is why we introduced legislation, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, that would require the FCC to exercise its legal authority to ban paid prioritization agreements between ISPs and content providers on the last-mile Internet connection. In addition, our bill would prohibit an ISP from prioritizing or otherwise giving preferential treatment to its own last-mile Internet traffic or the traffic of its affiliates.
In Congress, we will continue to highlight this important consumer issue that will be the focus of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing tomorrow. We are hopeful that the FCC will propose a set of rules that support net neutrality, preserving an Internet that spurs innovation and protects consumers.
In order to make sure they get this right, the FCC should leave Washington and go on the road to hear firsthand from consumers, small-business owners, entrepreneurs, educators and other citizens who will be directly impacted by the policies put in place for the Internet. Their voices deserve be heard as loudly as any industry lobbyist or member of Congress. That is why we have worked to hold congressional hearings in Vermont and California so we can hear directly from our constituents who would be affected by Wheeler’s current net neutrality proposal and to bring that important input back to Washington.
With the overwhelming interest in the future of the Internet, now is the time to show the American people that their government is listening.

Leahy is Vermont’s senior senator, serving since 1975. He is chairman of the Judiciary Committee and sits on the Agriculture; Nutrition and Forestry; and Appropriations committees. Matsui has represented California’s 6th Congressional District since 2005. She sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

VSAC offers ‘Paying for College’ workshops


Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops at local high schools to help families plan how to pay for college and training after high school.
An Oct. 7 presentation is planned at Champlain Valley Union High School at 6:30 p.m.
The presentations, which normally run 90 minutes to 2 hours, provide students and their parents with information on financial aid and other resources available to pay for college. Time is allotted for questions.
Among the topics covered are: types of financial aid; ways to apply; how family contribution is calculated; how financial aid is awarded; student and parent loans; how to compare college costs and alternative payment options. Dates and times include:

  • Oct. 1, 6 p.m. Enosburg Falls High School Auditorium
  • Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. Champlain Valley Union High School
  • Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. Richford High School Library
  • Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. Milton High School
  • Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Rice Memorial High School
  • Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. BFA Fairfax
  • Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. Colchester High School

Around Town


All Metals move approveD
The Williston Selectboard on Monday approved the location of a salvage yard operated by All Metals Recycling, Inc. off Industrial Avenue. The board intends to sign a Certificate of Approved Location, a requirement before All Metals can begin operating.
The board went through a similar process last year when All Metals opened a salvage yard on James Brown Drive. All Metals decided to move its operation.
The new site, located at 255 Avenue B, is owned by S.D. Ireland, which intends to lease the property to All Metals. The site will be surrounded by a landscaped buffer and an 8-foot high chain link fence.
The town held a public hearing on Aug. 28 and the Development Review Board approved All Metals’ request for a discretionary permit on July 22.

Early voting begins
Absentee and early voting has begun for the General Election. From now until the close of the town clerk’s office on the day before the election any registered voter may request a ballot from his or her town clerk in person, by phone or by mail.
The voter registration deadline for any Vermonter who has yet to register to vote or whose address has changed since the primary election is Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.

The 2014 General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Williston offers hunter education course
The Williston Parks and Recreation Department will host a hunter’s education work study course on Saturday, Oct. 11. All first-time hunters must successfully complete this course prior to obtaining a Vermont hunter’s license.
Participants can register online via the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website. Follow the links for Hunter’s Education and firearms home study courses. After registering online, a workbook will be mailed to you. Complete the workbook before the mandatory field day, held on from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Allen Brook School.
This course is free, including all materials.
For more information, contact Sam Beatson, interim parks and rec director, at [email protected] or 878-1239.

Williston rec basketball registration opens
Williston Recreation Youth Basketball registration opens Sept. 29. The season will run from Dec. 6 through Feb. 7, 2015. Events are held every Saturday. Please contact the Recreation Department with any questions at 878-1239.