September 2, 2014

Skiff wins community volunteering award

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Ruth Skiff was recently honored with a United Way Building Block Award. (Observer courtesy photo)

Ruth Skiff was recently honored with a United Way Building Block Award. (Observer courtesy photo)

Observer staff report

Williston resident Ruth Skiff was among 49 Chittenden County volunteers to earn one of this year’s United Way Building Block Awards. [Read more...]

Savvy Senior: Food assistance programs can help seniors in need

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Dear Savvy Senior,

I run a community counseling program for needy families and am frustrated that so few eligible seniors take advantage of the food stamp program. Can you write a column on this to help educate seniors to this underutilized benefit?

— Reaching Out [Read more...]

Growth management, sign, lighting and lake bylaws take step forward

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By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

After months and in some cases years of work, the Williston Planning Commission wrapped up a batch of potential bylaw changes on Aug. 19, sending them to the Selectboard for approval.

The bylaws primarily involve development and business interests—a new growth management system, lighting and signage updates and changes to development standards around Lake Iroquois.

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Stormwater user fee set by town

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Stormwater coordinator hired

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

As the town looks to meet state and federal stormwater management requirements, it has set a new municipal fee to help pay for the cost of upgrades. [Read more...]

Around Town

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Town hires two

The town of Williston recently hired two new employees.

Katrina Ducharme was hired as a full time patrol officer, a position that was created with assistance from a grant and approved in the current town budget. Ducharme will begin Sept. 8, when she starts a two-week course at the police academy. The course will allow her to earn a provisional certificate so she can begin field training in advance of her six-month full time officer training, according to Police Chief Todd Shepard.

The town also recently hired Penny Barber as a highway maintainer. Barber replaces Leon Stokes, who recently retired. [Read more...]

Everyday Gourmet: Dinner with friends

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By Kim Dannies

In the waning days of a blissful summer, I try to enjoy as many meals as possible on our lovely vine-covered porch. The market is bursting with delectable veggies and fruits and the grill is on stand-by, so the only question is what to combine for a party. [Read more...]

POPCORN: Magic in the Moonlight

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“Magic in the Moonlight” Casts its Spell

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

It is an annual cinema treat Woody Allen fans anticipate with gleeful curiosity. First rocking our funny bones with “Take the Money and Run” (1969), like Old Faithful the director has knocked them out like sausages. Approaching octogenarian status, with “Magic in the Moonlight” he again sets us to categorizing. Is it full genius funny, whimsically philosophical, filled with metaphors alluding to his controversial relationships, or just generously witty and wise?

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Deadline approaching for Williston Rec soccer registration

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Williston Recreation Soccer registration is still open. The deadline to register is Aug. 31 and games start Sept .6. The cost is $30 per child or $50 per family.
You can find the form on the Town’s website: town.williston.vt.us. Call the recreation department with any questions at 878-1239.

POPCORN: “Guardians of the Galaxy” Defenseless

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” Defenseless

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

If director James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the latest action adventure to spring from Marvel Comics’s voluminous library, had to list its content in FDA style, the first ingredient, occupying fully 90 percent of the film, would read Special Effects. Then, in descending order by quantity, would be listed: Typical Rehashed Plot; Numerous Familiar Intergalactic Characters, synthetically modified; Entertainingly Anomalous Rock Tunes to get the oldsters tapping their toes; and 4 percent partially redeeming witticisms. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: Pint Night at Burlington Beer Company

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Burlington Beer Company on Omega Drive in Williston – owned by Essex Junction native Joe Lemnah – hosted its first in a series of Community Pint Nights on Aug. 9. The event featured a potpourri of activities including a “spirit animal” art show, exercise demos, live music, localvore food, ping pong and craft beer tastings. Trevor Thompson serves one of the six craft beers brewed on site. (Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum)

Burlington Beer Company on Omega Drive in Williston – owned by Essex Junction native Joe Lemnah – hosted its first in a series of Community Pint Nights on Aug. 9. The event featured a potpourri of activities including a “spirit animal” art show, exercise demos, live music, localvore food, ping pong and craft beer tastings. Pictured, Trevor Thompson serves one of the six craft beers brewed on site. (Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum)

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