June 26, 2016

Fond farewell to teachers, staff

With the school year’s closure, it’s the time when longtime faculty and staff members wrap up their final year with the Williston School District and in some cases, with their work within Chittenden South Supervisory Union.

While some staff and faculty are retiring, others are leaving as a result of cuts made this year by the Williston School District after 2015’s budgeting process which took state cost-containment measures in Act 46 to heart. [Read more…]

Challenging our strongest academic achievers

How CVU supports students in a standards-based environment

By Lia Cravedi, Susan Grasso and Kim Schmitt

Special to the Observer

How does Champlain Valley Union High School support students, not just who are struggling to meet the standards identified as critical to future success but also those for whom learning comes easily? To learn how CVU is challenging them, the CVU School Board communications committee sent questions to Principal Adam Bunting and his colleagues. The responses follow. [Read more…]

Williston parishoner ordained in priesthood

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Observer photos by Marianne Spear Apfelbaum

Two men, one of them from Williston, were ordained to the preisthood at a special Burlington Mass, held last Friday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington.

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, ordained the two men into priesthood as part of the diocesan commemoration of the Year of Mercy and its Jubilee for Priests and Seminarians.

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Observer photos by Marianne Spear Apfelbaum

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Succulent signs of summer

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Observer photo by Jess Wisloski

Adams Farm Market now has strawberries. The season is late in coming but as of June 15 Adams began picking up flats of strawberries from Norris Berry Farm in Monkton.

Students’ efforts blossom with help of community gardeners

Observer photo by Laura Gigllotti Students at Williston Central School tend to the garden they now share with Taft Corners Community Gardens

Observer photo by Laura Gigliotti
Students at Williston Central School tend to the garden they now share with Taft Corners Community Gardens

By Laura Gigliotti

Special to the Observer

There was a new addition to the Williston Central School gardens this spring.

Twelve raised beds have been installed by the Taft Corners Community Gardeners, combining the relocated gardens from Harvest Lane to the existing beds at the Garden for Life, located at Williston Central. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call United Way at 860-1677.

CRAZY RACE

People Helping People Global needs volunteers for their 5th Annual Brain Freezer 5K event on July 9 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Over 300 racers run 1.5 miles, stop to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and then finish the final 1.5 miles! Volunteers hand out ice cream, take photos, direct traffic, set up and break down tents and tables, and mark the course the evening before. Contact Alex Tuck at 318-4488 or email alex@phpgmicrolending.org.

WAKE UP TO DYING [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for more information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us

Youth News

Take the Summer Reading Challenge [Read more…]

Pedals, pets and playtime

Observer photos by Al Frey

 

Ethan Bessette and his two (4H project) Holstein calves at the Dorothy Alling Library bike parade and games with the Big Blue Trunk on Saturday the 18 th.

Ethan Bessette and his two (4H project) Holstein calves at the Dorothy Alling Library bike parade and games with the Big Blue Trunk on Saturday the 18 th.

Part of the bike parade at the Dorothy Alling Library bike parade and games with the Big Blue Trunk on Saturday the 18 th.

Part of the bike parade at the Dorothy Alling Library bike parade and games with the Big Blue Trunk on Saturday the 18 th.

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Letters to the Editor

7 a.m. pipeline invasion

I am awakened by the rumble of heavy machinery several hundred yards from my house and I look out the window to see the earth being turned, a long furrow of fresh dirt, 50 feet wide, relentlessly traversing several properties. [Read more…]

Guest Column: A successful legislative session

By Gov. Peter Shumlin

When I came to office in January 2011, I pledged to work every day to help make Vermont a more economically secure place to live, work and raise a family. Back in 2011, our state still faced serious headwinds from the Great Recession. Vermont had lost nearly 10,000 jobs in the previous three years. Our state’s General Fund revenues had fallen by nearly 15 percent and we faced a $176 million budget gap. And Vermonters were seeing their incomes grow more slowly than other Americans. [Read more…]