October 16, 2018

Shelburne Players ‘Sleeping Indoors’

Cast of ‘Sleeping Indoors’ rehearse for the October opening of this comedy-drama by Jim Holt, presented at Shelburne Town Center on Oct.12. 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20. Cast features local actors David Belvedere as Dwain, Jacey Fountain as Nichole, Dennis McSorley as Paul, and Linda Kindsvatter as Nora. More information and ticket reservation link at www.shelburneplayers.com.

Top dental care products for seniors

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I have arthritis in my hands that affects my grip strength and dexterity and makes brushing my teeth difficult. I’ve read that electric powered toothbrushes help make the job easier. Can you make any recommendations on what to get?

Still Smiling

Dear Still,

For seniors who suffer from arthritis or have other hand weaknesses, an electric toothbrush is a great solution to keep your teeth clean. At the push of a button, an electric toothbrush will do everything but shake, rattle and roll to do the cleaning for you, and most come with a wide handle and rubberized grip that make them easier and more comfortable to hold on to. [Read more…]

CVU sports roundup

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley girls cross country team traveled back from the Manchester Invitational in New Hampshire with a trophy.

The CVU girls finished in the top spot in the Manchester Invitational on Saturday, with Alice Larson and Ella Whitman each earning a place in the top 7 to pace the Redhawks. [Read more…]

Chittenden County Roadword


The Route 2A safety improvement project between Bittersweet Lane and the Winooski River Bridge includes work at Bittersweet Circle Monday through Wednesday and at Eastview Circle Wednesday through Friday. Traffic control will be present allowing for one lane of alternating traffic during the week. This project will be completed in mid-August of 2019. More information is available at http://countonitinc.com/category/rte-2a-improve/

Burlington [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks


Williston Seniors Organization

The Williston Seniors Organization meets twice a month. The first Tuesday is Pot Luck lunch and club meeting starting at 11:45 a.m. The third Tuesday is Soup & Games starting at 11:30 a.m. Club meets at the Green Mt. Masonic Center, 87 Bishop Avenue.

50+ Golden Grooves [Read more…]

Tips and tricks to stay warm and energy efficient

By Ryan Kiscaden

Special to the Observer

As you heat up your home this winter, will you be thinking about energy efficiency? Many Vermonters say, “Yes.”

In 2017, WalletHub conducted an energy efficiency study ranking the “greenest” states in the U.S. It might have surprised many — except Vermonters — that their state finished in first place. WalletHub contributed the Green Mountain State’s top ranking to its residents’ fiscal sense, environmental smarts and eco-friendly behaviors.

Vermont is a longtime leader in the environmental field, and with app [Read more…]

Composting basics

 By Bea Cole

Special to the Observer

Vermont’s Act 148 states that no more food waste will be allowed in trash by 2020. The most logical solution is to compost that waste, which for some people is a natural process, but for others raises concerns. [Read more…]

Intro to canoe, kayak fishing on Oct. 5

Bring your own canoe or kayak on Oct. 5.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will present an “Intro to Canoe and Kayak Fishing”    seminar at Waterbury Center State Park at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.

“This program is perfect for the avid paddler looking to do a little more on the water,” said Corey Hart, an education specialist with the department. “Instructors will cover fishing regulations, casting, ecology and more before going fishing on Waterbury Reservoir as a group.”

The seminar is free, but there will be a State Park day-use fee of $4. [Read more…]

Police Blotter

Police notes are provided by the Williston Police Department

Monday, Sept. 17

9:29 a.m.- Officer completed a VIN inspection.

10:49 a.m.- Officer responded to a report of a road rage incident on Trader Lane. Upon contact with both parties, no crime was found to have been committed.

11:23 a.m.- Officer assisted a citizen on Saint George Road. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Catamount invites residents to join Board

Over the last year and a half, Catamount Outdoor Family Center has been doing much to prepare for the transition to working with the Town of Williston in managing the upcoming Catamount Community Forest. In fact, we have as a board reworked our very mission: creating outdoor experiences at the Catamount Community Forest that build active lifestyles, friendships, and environmental awareness.  While we cannot outline all that we have done, or plan to do, to serve Williston residents and the surrounding communities in three hundred words or less… we can ask our Williston neighbors to join us in the work.

As we head into this exciting new chapter in our town’s history, we would like to extend a special invitation to Williston residents to join our volunteer Board of Directors. We feel that increasing representation of Williston residents on the board will add more voice from the community in order to shape the future of our organization and the partnership with the town. We currently have space for two new members and are looking for individuals who have fundraising, marketing, educational programming and/or financial expertise along with the vision that playing in nature should be everyone’s first choice. [Read more…]