August 17, 2018

Williston resident recognized as Patriots ‘Community MVP’

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Steve Shover of Williston, center, is recognized by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and former player Andre Tippet for his work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington.

Steve Shover of Williston was selected in June as one of the New England Patriots Foundation’s Myra Kraft Community MVPs, bringing home a $10,000 grant to support his work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington. [Read more…]

Mental health support group launches in Williston

NAMI Vermont (National Alliance on Mental Health) has launched a monthly support group for family members and close friends of those who have a mental health condition. [Read more…]

Vt. Catholic Charities distributes $55K in nonprofit support

Vermont Catholic Charities, Inc. has awarded grants to 26 nonprofits that make meaningful differences in the daily lives of individuals and families throughout Vermont.  [Read more…]

Good vibrations resound at Maple Tree Place

Bennett Cioffi (2) listens to the music with Mom, Alaina and Dad, Mike at the Maple Tree Place Thursday Night Concert featuring the Beach Bumz Band.

A bid crowd braved a few early rain drops, but throughly enjoyed the Maple Tree Place Thursday Night Concert featuring the Beach Bumz Band.

This couple just had to dance and play a little air guitar during the Maple Tree Place Thursday Night Concert featuring the Beach Bumz Band.

Academic honors

College degrees and honors earned by Williston and St. George residents — listed alphabetically — during the spring 2018 semester

Josh Ashley was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Castleton University. [Read more…]

Williston Fire and Police Departments

Fire department named Ambulance Service of the Year

The Williston Fire Department recently received the 2018 Ambulance Service of the Year award from the State of Vermont Emergency Medical Services office. The award recognizes the department for excellence in com [Read more…]

Williston beautification recognized

Observer photo by Jason Starr

The Federation of Gardening Clubs in Vermont has recognized the Town of Williston for the roadside flower beds at the Industrial Avenue and Mountain View Road intersection with Route 2A with its annual Gardening Award.

The Burlington Garden Club (serving the greater Burlington area) submitted the award application on behalf of the Town of Williston and Ward’s Planting, the St. Albans-based landscaper that maintains the flowers.

The Gardening Award will be presented at the federation’s annual meeting in Manchester later this year.

SOURCE of inspiration

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Tyler Vendituoli puts finishing touches on his piece ‘Murmuration,’ which was recently installed on Harvest Lane outside the Williston ReSOURCE store. The piece depicts a flock of starlings flying together. Vendituoli, a Burlington-based artist, has also installed work on Pine Street and at the Echo Center in Burlington.

Illuminating the story of the Allen Brook

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One of the interpretive signs, designed to educate residents about the Allen Brook watershed, recently installed along the Allen Brook Nature Trail.

New interpretive signs educate and inspire

By Melinda Scott

Special to the Observer

Pollution in Lake Champlain is a hot topic in the news these days, and many are aware of local and statewide efforts to improve our waterways. However, despite increased attention paid to water quality issues, many people lack an understanding of watershed dynamics, including how water flows from one area to another.

While watersheds can extend beyond political boundaries like town lines, the 6,900-acre Allen Brook watershed is almost entirely within Williston. In an effort to shed some light on basic watershed concepts as well as the unique attributes of the Allen Brook watershed, the Town of Williston Planning Department and Conservation Commission recently developed and installed a wayside interpretive exhibit. The exhibit consists of six interpretive signs in the Williston Community Park and along the Allen Brook Nature Trail. The signs highlight the natural and recreational benefits the Allen Brook provides, raise awareness of how development and stormwater disposal adversely affect the stream, and identify simple, effective actions that can be taken to protect the watershed. [Read more…]

Citizen support for firefighters rings true

Residents of Falcon Manor and Eagle Crest present Williston firefighters with a $1,500 check for purchase of a ceremonial bell tolled at firefighter memorial services.

By Prescott Nadeau

Special to the Observer

When Kathleen Langlais struck up a conversation with Williston firefighters during a memorial service for longtime firefighter Herbert Goodrich in June, she had no idea what it would blossom into. [Read more…]