October 22, 2017

Cavorting costumed canines

Pumpkin hunters return with their bounty from the punpkin patch at Isham's Family Farm on Saturday.

Pumpkin hunters return with their bounty from the punpkin patch at Isham’s Family Farm on Saturday.

Lisa Murphy's dog Bear, a 2-1/2 year old Golden Doodle, becomes a lion at the dog costume party on Saturday at Isham's Family Far

Lisa Murphy’s dog Bear, a 2-1/2 year old Golden Doodle, becomes a lion at the dog costume party on Saturday at Isham’s Family Far

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Sen. Debbie Ingram arrested for DUI

Debbie Ingram

Debbie Ingram

‘I have been getting treatment … I had a temporary setback’

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

State Senator and former Williston Selectboard member Debbie Ingram was arrested last Thursday night after reportedly driving her car off South Road. [Read more…]

Firefighters all geared up for Special Olympics ‘Heroes’ run

Three members of the Essex Fire Department ran the 5K Special Olympics Torch Run in full turn-out gear (less boots) including Scott packs (L to R) Cody Carpenter, AJ Leclair and Eric Fenton. Other runners went out to meet them at the finish.

Three members of the Essex Fire Department ran the 5K Special Olympics Torch Run in full turn-out gear (less boots) including Scott packs (L to R) Cody Carpenter, AJ Leclair and Eric Fenton. Other runners went out to meet them at the finish.

Observer photos by Al Frey

Special Olympics Vermont hosted its “Run with the Heroes” 5K on Sunday at Williston Community Park. The [Read more…]

Park district makes pitch for Williston land

Proposal would salvage fraying relationship

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Winooski Valley Park District is making a pitch to acquire a town-owned conservation area in response to criticism from Williston officials about the value the district provides to Williston taxpayers. [Read more…]

Williston Fire Dept. Open House; CVU football, boys soccer and boys volleyball

Meals on Wheels provider modernizes service with software

Age Well — formerly the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging — has modernized its Meals on Wheels delivery program with a software solution called ServTracker. [Read more…]

How to search for forgotten 401(k) money

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
How do I find an old 401(k) that I think I contributed money to at a former employer? − Approaching Retirement

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Tasteful

By Jan Kenney

Apple-licious
Apples are plentiful and tasty this year. [Read more…]

Volunteer opportunities

By Sue Alenick
United Way volunteer coordinator

United Way of Northwest Vermont lists hundreds of local volunteer needs in a searchable database at unitedwaynwvt.galaxydigital. com.

Here is a sampling of available opportunities. [Read more…]

CHITTENDEN COUNTY ROADWORK

Updates on Chittenden County road projects this week as reported by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.

WILLISTON
Work on Route 2/2A rehabilitation will occur from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday. Re-paving and pavement markings are planned on Route 2 from the intersection of Blair Park Road/ Harvest Lane to Millham Court.

Also planned are various operations between Taft Corners and Millham Court, and shoulder work on Route 2A between Helena Drive and Hurricane Lane. Traffic delays are expected. Traffic control will be present, allowing for one lane of alternating travel in the construction zone.

ESSEX JUNCTION
There will be occasional paving of side road and driveway tie-ins on Route 2A and Route 15, as well as line striping and general cleanup work throughout the project area. Work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Traffic control will be present and motorists should expect delays.

Road construction on Route 15 from the Five Corners west to just past the Post Office Square intersection will cause traffic delays through Oct. 27. Work will be done Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. with occasional night work until 10 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times with traffic control present.

SOUTH BURLINGTON
Paving on Sandlewood and Sebring roads will result in lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week. This project is expected to be completed this Friday.

There will also be periodic one lane road closures in the Laurel Hill South area to clean out catch basins from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BURLINGTON
Motorists should be aware of paving activities on King Street during the week. There will also be curb work on North Street between Winooski and Union streets, and sidewalk replacement on Dodds Court between North Avenue and Shore Road, Fairmount Street and Gosse Court.

Waterline work will impact the following streets, causing detours or lane closures: Ethan Allen Parkway between Lopes Avenue and James Avenue through October; St. Paul Street from Maple Street to Main Street through October; Dunder Road through October; and Ferguson Avenue from Pine Street to Shelburne Road from mid-October through late-November.

CHARLOTTE
Final paving on the Route 7 paving project will begin this week at the Ferrisburgh/Charlotte town line and progress north to the Ferry Road intersection, weather permitting.

There will be alternating one-way traffic around the operation, and motorists can expect traffic delays.

I-89 BETWEEN EXITS 12 AND 13, SOUTHBOUND
Southbound traffic is shifted in this area to allow for culvert construction, and the speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph. There will be occasional one-lane travel to allow construction vehicle access.