July 31, 2015

Despite defeats, hoop star games a blast for CVU duo

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Saturday’s Twin State Basketball Classic games at Essex High School between 2015 graduated stars turned into a double bonanza for the visiting New Hampshire girls and boys quintets.
The Granite State girls took the doubleheader opener over cold shooting Vermont, 83-37.
In the nightcap, the New Hampshire boys showed remarkable depth in rolling to a 120-78 victory.
As one-sided as the games may have been, former Champlain Valley Union High hoopsters Caitlin Grasso and Chris Reiss were totally positive about their participation in the games and last week’s practices. [Read more…]

Williston’s McCue MVP in Twin State soccer contest

His Vermont boys’ all-star team bowed 1-0 to New Hampshire Saturday, but former Champlain Valley Union High back fielder Patrick McCue took Most Valuable Player honors for his team.
The occasion was the annual Lions Twin State Soccer Cup matches at Castleton State College.
Vermont’s girls squad, coached by CVU’s Stan Williams, polished off its Granite State rivals 4-1 as Burlington High’s Maddy Feeney tallied two goals. She was the team’s MVP.
Helping out in the victory were CVU graduated seniors Mackenzie Buckman, Paige DuBrul and Ellie Blake.
Joining McCue on the Vermont boys unit were attackers Max Brown and Richard Baccei, who was an alternate.
—Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The unexpected benefits of electric cars

A Cadillac ELR was one of the electric vehicles on display during Sustainable Williston’s June 15 event. (Observer courtesy photo)

A Cadillac ELR was one of the electric vehicles on display during Sustainable Williston’s June 15 event. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Luc Reid

On June 15, electric vehicle (EV) owners came together at Williston’s library and Old Brick Church to show EVs, share information and answer questions. As part of Sustainable Williston, I helped organize the event and although I’d already learned a lot about electric cars, one thing took me by surprise: how enormously the EV owners I met enjoyed driving them. [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. You can find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.
Bookmobile Schedule Through Aug. 27
The bookmobile is in a UHaul van for the summer. Listen for the horn!
Tuesday: Wildflower Circle, 5 p.m.; South Ridge Pool 5:20 p.m.; Pinecrest Village 5:40 p.m.; St. George Villa 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday: Brennan Woods Pool 5 p.m.; Hanon Drive 5:15 p.m.; Casey Lane 5:25 p.m.; Indian Ridge Pool 5:45 p.m.; Finney Crossing 6 p.m.; Chelsea Commons 6:15 p.m.; Maple Tree Place 6:45 p.m.
Thursday: Pleasant Acres 5 p.m.; Golf Links 5:20 p.m.; Lefebvre Lane 5:45 p.m.; Oak Knoll 6:15 p.m.; Porterwood 6:45 p.m. [Read more…]

Public bus service in Williston

By Chapin Kaynor
Do you ride the bus? Taking the bus is easy, saves money, reduces your carbon footprint, reduces road congestion, reduces stress as you commute and connects you with others in your community from all walks of life. These are some of the reasons I and so many other Williston residents ride CCTA buses. [Read more…]

Five Williston dragon boats in competition

Dragonheart Vermont teammates embrace after their dragon boat race. (Observer courtesy photo)

Dragonheart Vermont teammates embrace after their dragon boat race. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Five Williston teams are ready to take up their oars next weekend for the 10th annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.
The Vermont Technical College Knight Riders, Windows and Oars by Brownell, the S & S enQuestadors, The Synergy Fitness Psychos and the Survivorship NOW Snowstorm are set to compete in the Aug. 2 event at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. [Read more…]

Williston, a third of state’s public schools, to get jump on universal pre-K

By Elizabeth Hewitt
For Vermont Digger
A third of Vermont school districts—including Williston and all schools in Chittenden South Supervisory Union—are on track to launch universal pre-kindergarten programs in the next school year.
Melissa Riegel-Garrett, pre-K coordinator for the Agency of Education, told the Vermont Child Poverty Council on Tuesday that some school districts are poised to implement universal publicly funded pre-kindergarten schooling at the end of the summer.
The implementation will put them in compliance with 2014’s Act 166 one year ahead of schedule.
“This is the right thing to do for our students,” CSSU Superintendent Elaine Pinckney wrote in an email to the Observer. “If we’re serious about ensuring that all students leave our schools prepared for the world of work/ careers and/or college, the work starts before kindergarten and is chain-linked to the results we get years later. There may be some bumps along the road as we implement this law, but at CSSU we are embracing it and look forward to working with all of our community partners to ensure a rigorous, meaningful and relevant educational experience prek-12.”

For the full story, visit:  vtdigger.org

PHOTOS: Bulldog Rescue

Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum

Photographer Cat McKeen (above, at right) worked with various members of the Williston Fire Department and rescue bulldogs from Williston-based Vermont English Bulldog Rescue to shoot photos for a benefit calendar. Proceeds from the calendar will benefit the organization.

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PHOTOS: Little League All-Stars back in action



Observer photos by Al Frey

The Williston 11-12 All-Stars played the first game in the double elimination part of its tournament Sunday after finishing pool play, outscoring opponents 31-4 in three games. The team bowed to a tough South Burlington team 4-3 on Sunday, and then beat Richmond-Charlotte on Monday 14-1. It played Colchester Wednesday night, after the Observer’s press deadline. The 9-10 team is undefeated after three pool play games and the first two games of the double elimination tournament. The 9-10 team plays in the district championship game on Sunday.

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PHOTOS: Williston Farmer’s Market

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