January 21, 2017

An evening of arts appreciation

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Observer photos by Al Frey

Champlain Valley Union High School hosted its ninth annual Celebrate The Arts Night on Jan. 10, which featured a visual arts show of over 450 pieces created by CVU and other students from around the district. Also on view were practical artwork made by Technology Education, Business Education and fashion by Basic Clothing Construction and Fashion Design students. There were also demonstrations by the Engineering Club.

CVU’s Jazz Band performed as did the chorus and individual performances were given by music students.

For more photos, visit the Web Extras section at willistonobserver.com

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Letters to the Editor

Thanking CY mentors

What could be better than to have a friend who shows up in your life every week: excited to see you, ready to follow your lead, with no agenda but to give you their full attention. What a rare and pure form of generosity. If only we all had someone like that in our lives!

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Guest Column: Carbon pricing a good start for Gov. Scott

By Tom Hughes

This week, Governor Phil Scott took the oath of office and issued his first executive order. It’s a good one. He directed every state agency and department to focus on three strategic priorities: strengthening the economy making Vermont more affordable [Read more…]

Treasurer: State can afford two years of lake cleanup

Observer photo courtesy of Flickr, by Don Shall Algae blooms appear near the Lake Champlain boathouse.

Observer photo courtesy of Flickr, by Don Shall
Algae blooms appear near the Lake Champlain boathouse.

By Mike Polhamus

For Vermont Digger

Vermont can meet federal requirements for cutting pollution in Lake Champlain over the next two years without raising new revenue, State Treasurer Beth Pearce told legislators last week. [Read more…]

Scrap the surprise stop sign sites, town says

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski A stop sign halts traffic headed east on Zephyr Road at Day Lane.

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski
A stop sign halts traffic headed east on Zephyr Road at Day Lane.

Board resists undoing strangely situated intersections

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Ever been driving around Williston and have that strange feeling a stop sign just jumped out at you? It may be that you encountered one of two sets of stop sign intersections that were put in, basically, all wrong. [Read more…]

Williston’s membership in parks district questioned

Observer file photo Conservation interns worked on the decaying wooden walkway at Mud Pond this past summer.

Observer file photo
Conservation interns worked on the decaying wooden walkway at Mud Pond this past summer.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Citing an outdated membership fee structure and unnecessary or underprovided services, town leaders are considering pulling the plug on a long-held membership in a regional parks district to save nearly $32,000. [Read more…]

Merged school board approves $74M budget

Only Williston gets tax hike

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

For the first time as a united leadership body, the 12 elected members of the Champlain Valley School District’s new board approved a school budget on Tuesday night, at Williston Central School. [Read more…]

Catamount center seeks town takeover by Williston

By Jess Wisloski
Observer staff

Editor’s note: As an exclusive report, we ask that any information used from this story, including the publication of this piece itself, rewritten or repurposed for original or refashioned reporting, please link back and name the Williston Observer as the original source of the story. 

The Catamount Outdoor Family Center, which has operated in Williston as a recreational center for cross-country skiing and mountain biking since 1978, may soon belong to the town of Williston.

Photo courtesy Lil Bellas.  Olympian Lea Davison speaks to young girls in the Lil Bellas mountain biking program in 2016, a program held at and originated at Catamount Outdoor Family Center.

Photo courtesy Lil Bellas.
Olympian Lea Davison speaks to young girls in the Lil Bellas mountain biking program in 2016, a program held at and originated at Catamount Outdoor Family Center.

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Green Mountain Disc Alliance games

Babe Ruth and Little League baseball