July 31, 2016

The sweetest sound of summer just may be a ding-a-ling

Observer photos by Al Frey

The Ding-A-Ling man draws customers on a pleasant Monday evening. (L to R) Cormac Brown held by dad, Brennan, Zoe Voth and Danny Hunt.

The Ding-A-Ling man draws customers on a pleasant Monday evening.
(L to R) Cormac Brown held by dad, Brennan, Zoe Voth and Danny Hunt.

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Allen Brook Nature Trail volunteer day

The Allen Brook Nature Trail, a popular and heavily used trail located behind Williston Central School near the baseball field, and its wetlands have been a favorite for local beaver families. Last fall, the construction of a beaver dam resulted in severe undermining of a footbridge crossing, to the point where it was no longer safe, according to Melinda Scott, the town’s environmental planner. As a result, the trail has been closed. The Town of Williston has procured a design to rebuild/relocate the affected bridge and puncheon and now needs volunteers to help with this project. The project volunteer days are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14, with additional help needed the following Monday and Tuesday, as needed. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Youth Recreation Soccer [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Lisman has passion for Vermont

I have known Bruce Lisman for over 50 years, having been classmates at Burlington High School and the University of Vermont. I have found him to be an extremely intelligent, thoughtful, and ethical individual. Bruce is passionate about Vermont and, since retirement, has dedicated his time and energy traveling the state and meeting with Vermonters in order to ascertain exactly what impacts them and makes their lives in Vermont troublesome and less than adequate. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Do we consume too much media daily? You betcha.

By Jeffrey M. McCall

The average American likes his or her smartphone more than friends. Browsing social media sites on a tablet is more important to most people than their careers. Binge-watching streaming television shows is more fulfilling than family interaction. Indeed, the media world has swarmed over American society. Media consumers are oppressed by a false sense that technical devices and the fantasy-world content they deliver are more essential than engaging other human beings. [Read more…]

Firefighters warn of lightning safety

By Prescott Nadeau

Lightning can be a beautiful thing when seen from the safety of your home. While summer is peak time for lightning strikes and related fires, it does occur all year long. [Read more…]

Awash in complaints, town revisits stormwater loans

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Town administrators have changed their tune on allowing homeowners’ associations to use funds from a state-run program after several residents aired their frustrations at a meeting last week about the mounting costs of carrying out stormwater management requirements for their neighborhoods. [Read more…]

Firefighters practice response to big rig rescues

Observer courtesy photo by Prescott Nadeau Firefighters from four towns practice a big rig rescue drill, last Saturday.

Observer courtesy photo by Prescott Nadeau
Firefighters from four towns practice a big rig rescue drill, last Saturday.

When car accidents happen, local fire departments are often called on to help, but what if the accident involved a large truck, or tractor-trailer? Last week I-89 northbound was shut down for hours, with cars backing up for nearly eight miles in the wake of a tractor-trailer truck fire on Friday at around 4:45 p.m. [Read more…]

Crowded field of Senate, House define priorities

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

The yard signs have popped up  like the vegetable harvest, and candidates for statewide office have been making appearances.

As Secretary of State Jim Condos announced earlier this month, the deadline to register to vote in the state primaries is next Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots must be requested by Aug. 8, and returned to the clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. [Read more…]

Stowe Brewers Festival this weekend

The Stowe Brewers Festival, is back for the second year this weekend – bigger, better, brewier – adding a third session and featuring more than 40 craft brewers from Vermont and across New York and New England, live music, food trucks, Vermont spirits, cider makers and more. The festival will also feature free workshops and demonstrations and a variety of specialty food and product vendors. [Read more…]