July 1, 2016

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…]

Soulful sounds of summer

Theo Wren opens the Thursday night concert series at Maple Tree Place. (l to r) Jon McBride - Sax, Cynthia Braren - Vocals

Theo Wren opens the Thursday night concert series at Maple Tree Place. (l to r) Jon McBride – Sax, Cynthia Braren – Vocals

Sadie Short (7) dances to Theo Wren who opened the Thursday night concert series at Maple Tree Place on June 16th.

Sadie Short (7) dances to Theo Wren who opened the Thursday night concert series at Maple Tree Place on June 16th.

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Vermont Gas pipeline costs jump yet again

Don Rendall, president and CEO for Vermont Gas, announced a cost increase to build a natural gas through Addison County at the company’s South Burlington headquarters in December 2014. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Don Rendall, president and CEO for Vermont Gas, announced a cost increase to build a natural gas through Addison County at the company’s South Burlington headquarters in December 2014. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

By Anne Galloway

For Vermont Digger

Vermont Gas announced this week that a 41-mile natural gas pipeline extension through Addison County will cost an additional $12 million, or 7.8 percent more, than anticipated. The latest estimate pegs the total cost at $165.6 million, or nearly double the original expected cost.

It’s the fourth time Vermont Gas has upped the price tag. The company, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Gaz Metro, originally told state regulators that the cost of the project would be $87 million. [Read more…]

Laying a new foundation at Mud Pond Conservation Area

Observer photos by Jess Wisloski  Jeffrey Davis, 16, carries lumber into the woods followed by site helper Derek Proulx.

Observer photos by Jess Wisloski
Jeffrey Davis, 16, carries lumber into the woods followed by site helper Derek Proulx.

Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

AmeriCorps volunteers in an alternative high school completion program helped Williston establish a new path at the Mud Pond Conservation Area last week— while setting down a stronger basis for their own futures, as well.

The half-dozen or so helpers came from YouthBuild, a program for 16 to 24-year-olds that allows students that left traditional high school to complete their graduation requirements and get a regular diploma over the course of a year. They converged at the town-owned hiking trail Friday to help replace a 150-foot section of wooden raised walkway. [Read more…]

Town’s longtime finance director to retire

Susan Lamb

Susan Lamb

Susan Lamb leaving
after 20 years

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

A longtime member of the Williston administrative leadership announced her planned departure this week, according to a release from Town Manager Richard McGuire’s office.

Finance Director Susan Lamb will be retiring after more than 20 years of service to the community, the release stated, and will be leaving her role near the end of September. [Read more…]

What happened to the Farmers’ Market?

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Observer photos by Jess Wisloski
Adams Farm Market, 986 Old Stage Rd.

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Observer phtos by Jess Wisloski
Foley Fontaine Farm Stand, 2660 North Williston Rd.

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski Scratch N’ Earth Farm, 3267 Oak Hill Rd.

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski
Scratch N’ Earth Farm, 3267 Oak Hill Rd.

Red Barn Gardens, 8939 Williston Rd.

Red Barn Gardens, 8939 Williston Rd.

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Fun Day

CVU Boys Lacrosse

WCS Graduation

CVU Graduation