May 24, 2016

Guest Column: Cracking down on speeding

By Chief Frank Koss

The Hinesburg Police issued this stern admonishment and warning on updated protocol for citations and arrests related to speeding last weekend. It was sent to members of the Champlain Valley Union High School email listserv, and the Williston Observer is sharing it widely as a public service to drivers in the area.

As part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Hinesburg Police obtained through a grant, a speed-monitoring device that helps us determine the speed on the roads when we are not around. This device records the date, time and speed of the vehicles on monitored roads. Our volunteer takes this information and provides graphs and lists that can help us target especially unsafe and dangerous driving. Case in point…

The first thing that jumped out was the speed on Shelburne Falls Road and that on several mornings and one afternoon, there was a vehicle over 80 miles per hour. Our officer went out that afternoon and cited a 16-year-old female for 88 miles per hour. [Read more…]

New CSSU School Board vote June 7

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Next month, five residents of Williston will be running in a special election for the town’s allotted school board seats in a district that doesn’t yet exist. The proposal, for a merged school district, which will be put out to voters to approve or reject on June 7, whittles down the total number of board members from nine across three different boards, to four members on just one board.

Each of the five hopeful board members, who are running for the spots—the only contested seat is the sole four-year term — already have a role, acting as ambassadors to the school districts that currently exist. With the approval of a merger, all their terms would end when the Williston School District local board dissolves, on July 1, 2017. [Read more…]

Maple Tree Place quietly listed for sale

Dallas firm looking at acquiring the site

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

The sprawling retail complex of Maple Tree Place is up for sale, a spokesperson from its Illinois-based owners confirmed last week.

A public listing for the commercial property is not available however, because as Kim Freely, a vice president at Retail Properties of America, Inc. (RPAI) noted, information on the property listing “is only being shared with those who have signed a confidentiality agreement.”

“I can confirm that it has been listed in the market,” said Freely by email, but neither she nor a local property manager would provide further information. “I apologize.” [Read more…]

Williston homebrewer sweeps in state meet

Observer courtesy photo Aaron Ritchie, a Williston resident, swept a state homebrewing competition last month, winning nine awards for his ciders and beers, including Best in Show.

Observer courtesy photo
Aaron Ritchie, a Williston resident, swept a state homebrewing competition last month, winning nine awards for his ciders and beers, including Best in Show.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

A Williston-based homebrewer and beer connoisseur won nine awards and finished “Best in Show” at the annual Green Mountain Mashers tournament, held last month in Westford.

Aaron Ritchie, who lives in Southridge and works for IBM, was bestowed with more awards than any other contestant at the Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competition on April 30, winning nine prizes in total and two of the top all-show awards, Best in Show and the Vermont Pub and Brewery Brewmaster’s cup. He also won Cidermaker of the Year and two first-prize selections in their category: first place for the Strong Ale category for his Old English Ale, and first place in the Specialty Cider and Perry category for a hard cider aged on bourbon oak. [Read more…]

Schools’ new early release policy ignites firestorm

School board criticized for short notice

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

A change in the school schedules for the 2016-17 school year will send kindergarteners through eighth graders home an hour early every Tuesday. High school students will have a later arrival time every Wednesday.

The move, which was approved 4-1 by the Williston School Board on April 26, aims to provide improved, ongoing in-service training for public school teachers year-round, but it has ignited a firestorm from parents in recent weeks, after the coming year’s school calendar was published and the details emerged. [Read more…]

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Driving distracted a deadly habit

Observer file photo Vermont has a ‘deadly epidemic’ of distracted driving. A coalition of groups is trying to raise awareness to keep people safe.

Observer file photo
Vermont has a ‘deadly epidemic’ of distracted driving. A coalition of groups is trying to raise awareness to keep people safe.

AARP issues friendly reminder to keep others on the road safe

Distracted driving is a “deadly epidemic” that has a particular hold in Vermont, despite the state’s prevention efforts and, in 2014, the passage of a ban on any handheld mobile devices while driving, according to AARP and local law enforcement authorities. [Read more…]

How to replace vital documents that are lost or stolen

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you tell me how to go about replacing important lost documents? My wife and I recently downsized to a retirement community, and somewhere in the move we lost our Social Security and Medicare cards, birth certificates, marriage license and passports.

Worried Ron

Dear Ron, [Read more…]

Healthy Food For Two: Refreshing spring fennel soup

By Ania Robertson

I have always been fascinated by the fennel bulb, which is mostly associated with French and Italian cooking. I added this exotic vegetable to my pot full of other veggies, and made a simple and quick-to-make purée soup. [Read more…]