July 29, 2014

Home tournament looms for Outlaws baseball nine

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With a three-game winning streak in tow, the 10-14-1 Vermont (under age 17) Outlaws had home games Wednesday (after the Observer’s press deadline) and Thursday before playing host to the 10th annual Heritage Summer Showdown starting Friday at Rice Memorial High.
The Orleans-Essex-Caledonia Lightning visited the [Read more...]

Four from CVU in soccer star games Saturday

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Castleton State College will be the site Saturday afternoon when the 40th Annual Lions Soccer Cup games between 2014 graduated Vermont and New Hampshire All-Stars take place, with the Vermont-New Hampshire girls starting at 4 p.m. and the boys at 6:30 p.m. [Read more...]

Four ex-CVU girls lead Vt. into Twin State hoops

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Led by Champlain Valley Union High coach Ute Otley, four members of the 24-0 Division 1 champion girls’ basketball team will help spearhead the Vermont Twin State graduated all-stars against New Hampshire’s stars Saturday at Keene, N.H. State College.
Game time for the girls is 4 p.m. while the Twin State boys’ game tips off at 6. [Read more...]

Little Details: Waiting for truth

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By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

To the person who vandalized my car:
I’m not sure what compelled you to zero in on my car. Was it its shiny silver color? Was it the eco-friendly hybrid designation? Was my purple Buddha bumper sticker a little too “crunchy” for your taste?
Maybe our often-used Thule bike rack taunted you from its perch on the trunk. Perhaps opportunity knocked in the form of a desolate parking lot. I’ll likely never know what compelled you to attack. [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

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CWD supports IBM ‘Vermont plan’
The purpose of this letter is to document Champlain Water District’s (CWD) elected Board of Water Commissioners support of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation’s action in developing “IBM Vermont: The Vermont Plan.” IBM is a significant water customer for CWD, averaging 3.24 million gallons per day for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. At this time, IBM’s daily usage is 34.35 percent of CWD’s total daily facility production. As a high volume user for CWD, IBM has been the key factor in maintaining CWD’s uniform wholesale water rate as [Read more...]

Keeping Vermont sustainable

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By George Plumb
World Population Day was last week.
Many, if not most Vermonters, think that population size and growth is primarily a world problem, maybe a U.S. problem, but certainly, being a rural state, not a Vermont concern. In fact, economists and developers keep on saying that Vermont’s population has to grow more in order to keep the economy healthy and meet the financial needs of our population. [Read more...]

Grassroots effort seeks to stamp money out of politics

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Red lettered stamps popping up on dollar bills are part of a grassroots effort, started by a Williston resident, to keep money out of politics.

Red lettered stamps popping up on dollar bills are part of a grassroots effort, started by a Williston resident, to keep money out of politics.

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent

The red lettered stamps on $1 bills are proliferating. You might have seen them.
“Not to be used to bribe politicians,” one stamp reads. Another, in small letters, says “Amend the Constitution,” then in much bigger red letters. “Stamp out money in politics.”
The Stamp Stampede, as it is called, is viral marketing of the political kind. If enough people see these messages to remove what many say is an excessive amount of money from wealthy donors greasing, or some say corrupting, the wheels of politics, maybe things will change. [Read more...]

Honey Dew Homestead: living off the land

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Markey Read and Tim King take a short break from homesteading. (Observer photo by Matt Sutkoski)

Markey Read and Tim King take a short break from homesteading. (Observer photo by Matt Sutkoski)

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent
For Markey Read and Tim King, the “supermarket” is a short walk away from their house, through their lush garden of hostas and out into a bright yard full of vegetables and poultry.
They’re experienced homesteaders, operating Honey Dew Homestead out of their home on Old Stage Road in Williston. That means much of their food and livelihood comes from the land on which they live.
Homesteading for many probably conjures up a rough life of barely surviving off the land, maybe in the 19th century at the edge of the prairie. [Read more...]

Missing headstone returned to Williston

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By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
After turning up in the basement of a former fraternity house, a headstone belonging to a long-deceased Williston infant is back in town.
Chris Walker, who works in the training and compliance office at the University of Vermont, said the university is in the process of cleaning out the site of the former Delta Psi fraternity house at 61 Summit Street. The university purchased the stately house in 2007 and is renovating it for use as an alumni home. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: Independence Day Scrapbook

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