March 19, 2019

Library Notes

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918.

Library closed: The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 9 until 2 p.m. for staff strategic planning.

For Youth

After-School Tuesdays [Read more…]

Developmental screening offered for preschool kids

Do you have concerns about your child’s development? Allen Brook School is offering a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 years. A screening can be used to determine if children are learning basic skills and meeting developmental milestones. [Read more…]

Health insurance open enrollment upcoming

Open enrollment for health insurance plans in Vermont begins Nov. 1, and Vermont Health Connect plans to launch the 2019 version of its Plan Comparison Tool on Oct. 16. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Market gratitude

On behalf of the Williston Farmers’ Market, I wish to thank the volunteers, contributors of live music, vendors, patrons, neighbors and Williston Observer for your support this past summer. I look forward to the market’s 2019 season with great expectations!

Sharon Gutwin, Williston

Optimism on North American trade deal [Read more…]

Chowder champs

Results from the 2018 Williston Chowder Challenge. Proceeds from the eighth-annual event benefit the Williston Community Food Shelf and the Williston Police Officer’s Association.

Traditional category

First place — The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa

Second place — Sugarsnap [Read more…]

Bunting named Principal of the Year

CVU Principal Adam Bunting traveled to Washington D.C. last week to celebrate his recent honor of being named Vermont Principal of the Year by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

Champlain Valley Union High School Principal Adam Bunting traveled to Washington D.C. last week to celebrate his recent honor of being named Vermont Principal of the Year by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

Bunting wrote the following account of his trip. [Read more…]

Point taken

The steeple atop the Williston Federated Church is removed Wednesday morning after 150 years overlooking Williston village. A new copper-sheathed steeple is set to be placed atop the church Oct. 15.

CVU contracts with Shelburne Police for officer

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Champlain Valley School District is negotiating the terms of a three-year contract with the Shelburne Police Department to station an armed officer inside Champlain Valley Union High School.

[Read more…]

Why stop now?

Drivers are adjusting to the new four-way stop sign where North Williston Road intersects with Mountain View and Governor Chittenden roads.

Commuters struggle to adjust to new four-way stop

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

“Untenable” … “ridiculous” … “insane”

These are a few of the terms that annoyed drivers used to describe the new four-way stop sign at the intersection of Mountain View Road and North Williston Road in the days after it was installed Sept. 24. [Read more…]

Vermont’s fall fishing opportunities abound

The cooler water temperatures of fall offer some of Vermont’s best fishing of the year with increased opportunities for bass, northern pike, trout and landlocked salmon.

Vermont is renowned for its colorful fall foliage, but fall also offers some of the best fishing opportunities of the year according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

 The cooler water temperatures of fall stimulate Vermont’s largemouth and smallmouth bass, as well as northern pike to feed heavily, bringing some of the best fishing of the year at a time when you won’t see much competition from other anglers.

“Bass fishing heats up as water temperatures cool down,” said Bernie Pientka, a fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “If you would like to get in on some unbelievable fishing, you need to get out on the water this fall. Lake Champlain, and lakes St. Catherine, Morey, Bomoseen, Hortonia and Seymour have fantastic fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as other species, and the bass season doesn’t end on most lakes until Nov. 30.”

Several species that are typically difficult to catch without boats and specialized equipment become more predictable and easier to catch as they start migrating toward spawning areas. Lake trout move onto their spawning reefs, often close to shore, in mid-October and will be there until mid-November. Places to target them on Lake Champlain include the ledges off Button Bay State Park, Arnold’s Bay and the west shore of Grand Isle.

Even though steelhead spawn in the spring, some will often begin migrating into their spawning rivers in the fall such as Lewis Creek in North Ferrisburgh and the Black and Willoughby Rivers in the Northeast Kingdom.

Landlocked Atlantic salmon migrate in the fall into several Lake Champlain rivers and provide shore-based river fisheries. Try the Salmon Hole on the Winooski River, below Peterson Dam on the Lamoille River and the west shore of Grand Isle. Lake Memphremagog salmon also enter the lower Clyde River at Newport in the fall, but the fishing there is catch-and-release with artificial flies or lures from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.

Vermont fishing licenses are available online. Regulations are found in the 2018 Fishing Guide and Regulations available from license agents and on the Fish and Wildlife website. For additional information, contact Vermont Fish and Wildlife at 828-1000 or email FWInformation@Vermont.Gov.