February 22, 2018

Story-sharing sessions reach final chapter

Observer photo by Al Frey
Recille Hamrell

After 10 years, Recille Hamrell held her final “Shape & Share Life Stories” open mic session at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston on Monday. [Read more…]

School budget proposal carries 12 percent tax increase

Appeal of town’s CLA could soften impact

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Champlain Valley School Board has approved a $76.8 million budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that would increase spending by 2.3 percent over the current year and increase the tax rate for Williston property owners by an estimated 12 percent. [Read more…]

CVU gymnastics; CVU girls basketball

“Phantom Thread”

When Love is In Fashion

4 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


Though perhaps deluded, I’d like to think I put as much effort into an essay as Daniel Day-Lewis’s Reynolds Woodcock devotes to making a dress in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread.” This is the sort of person you want doing your heart operation, piloting the airplane you’re on, or teaching your kid. He’s the real deal, and suffers for it, too. The maladies of obsessive genius are many. But the inherent reward is matchless, with the added benefit, aside from financial remuneration, of almost having a right to the arrogance you exude, if so inclined. [Read more…]

How to find volunteer opportunities in retirement

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? I’ve been doing some volunteer work, but most of the opportunities I’ve tried haven’t been very satisfying. [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

Potato and Celeriac Soup

This soup is a tasty blend of the familiar and the unusual. The humble and ubiquitous potato gets a style makeover courtesy of the unsung celeriac. [Read more…]

Redhawks pull off double OT win

Observer photo by Al Frey
CVU’s Ella Woodruff battles for rebound position during the Redhawks’ game with BFA St. Albans in Hinesburg last Thursday.

Girls stay unbeaten with thriller in Essex

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley girls basketball team extended its unbeaten streak in an exciting way on Monday night, coming from behind to top Essex 59-54 in double overtime. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Spring/Summer Program Guide

Look for upcoming programs and summer camps in the Spring/Summer Program Guide that will be distributed in mid-February through The Observer. New and popular programs and camps will be listed in the guide for March through August. Registration begins as soon as the guide is out. For program details and registration, visit willistonrec.org. [Read more…]


Richard D. Mooney Jr.

Following a brief illness, Richard D. Mooney Jr. (Rich) passed away peacefully Thursday, January 25, 2018 at home with his wife and beloved Samoyeds by his side. Rich was 49.

Rich leaves his wife of 24 years, Cindi Hines, his parents Richard and Sandra Mooney of East Hampton, CT, a brother Christopher (Jude) Mooney of Jackson, WY, a sister Susan (Todd) Winkler of Barkhamsted, CT and many close family members and friends.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Rich’s life at an informal gathering on February 10, 2018 between 1 & 4 p.m. at Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, 472 Meadowland Drive, South Burlington, VT.

In lieu of flowers, Rich asked that remembrances be sent to either the Williston Community
Food Shelf (PO Box 1065 Williston, VT 05495) or Therapy Dogs of Vermont (PO Box 1271
Williston, VT 05495).

Heartfelt thanks to Rich’s VNA Palliative Care Team for all their support during this time.

“If love could have saved Rich, he would have lived forever.”

Letters to the Editor

Flying flag to recognize racial bias

The first step in rooting out systemic racism is to acknowledge that it exists. [Read more…]