July 23, 2016

WCS grads sing national anthem at Lake Monsters game

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Maggie Warren (LEFT) and Alix Akey, both 14, sang the national anthem at the Lake Monsters baseball game on Saturday, July 16, to a crowd of more than 3,000 people. The recent grads from Williston Central School were trained in singing by WCS teacher Karla Kennedy. [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

Keep track of the amount of time you spend reading and listening to books. Win free books a [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Isham Farm in favor of Farmers’ Market

In regards to the story on the front page of the Observer June 23 and what happened to the Farmers’ Market, I would like to respond. The farm is willing to host the market and would like to throw its hat into the ring. I would like to host a mid-week market on possibly a Wednesday afternoon/evening. The farm here has several advantages including:

Over 3,000 square feet of indoor space

[Read more…]

Guest Column: Vermont makes progress on opioids

By Michael Sirotkin

Last November, on a cold weekday night, I was truly moved by the more than 100 Richmond residents who attended a community meeting on the growing heroin problem in their town. They were both troubled and angry at the increase in related crime in Richmond and Chittenden County, while at the same time were compassionate about the need for greater treatment and prevention. [Read more…]

Public Safety

Observer Courtesy Photo Robert Recore shakes hands with police officer Todd Shepard.

Observer Courtesy Photo
Robert Recore shakes hands with police officer Todd Shepard.

Observer Courtesy Photo William Bouffard shakes hands with Police Chief Todd Shepard.

Observer Courtesy Photo
William Bouffard shakes hands with Police Chief Todd Shepard.

Police Department welcomes new officers

The Williston Police Department announced two new patrol officers would be joining the department starting in the fall.

Robert Recore and William Bouffard were sworn in earlier this week, and will be entering the Vermont Police Academy to train as Level III officers starting Aug. 1. [Read more…]

Frustration overflows at Tuesday’s stormwater meeting

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

A state wastewater funding program that could help cover the costs of creating stormwater mitigation projects so they fulfill federal and state environmental standards sparked a firestorm in recent weeks among Williston homeowners. [Read more…]

‘Mermaid school’ makes a splash

Mermaid Swim_025 Edge 17Jul16By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Ever wanted to be a mermaid, swishing your mega-tail through the water and teasing silly mortals that cross your path? Mermaid school, a trend that’s grown across the U.S. over the past 18 months, allows humans to now realize that fantasy in the form of swim lessons, but as this reporter discovered in a recent class held at The Edge in Williston, as funny as it might seem to some, mermaiding is no joke.

Selkie Mermaids is a new Vermont-based mermaid swimming company started by Elaine Fortin, who reached out to the Observer when she began offering classes at the The Edge on June 26. [Read more…]

Blueberry picking at Isham Farm

Ride for Camp Ta Kumta

Little League