July 26, 2017

Tour showcases resiliency, sustainability

Becky Tharp points out the rain garden which is part of Lefebvre Lane's gentle stormwater management solution during the Williston Sustainability Solutions Tour on Saturday.

Becky Tharp points out the rain garden which is part of Lefebvre Lane’s gentle stormwater management solution during the Williston Sustainability Solutions Tour on Saturday.

Chapin Kaynor (green cap) explains his rainwater collection and run-off  control system during the Williston Sustainability Solutions Tour on Saturday the 8th.

Chapin Kaynor (green cap) explains his rainwater collection and run-off control system during the Williston Sustainability Solutions Tour on Saturday the 8th.

Sustainable Williston, a group of residents committed to decreasing local consumption of natural resources and creating sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, held its first Sustainable Solutions Tour around town Saturday. [Read more…]

Three finalists vie for police chief job

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

Three finalists to become Williston’s next chief of police are due in town Friday for extensive interviews and a practical test in front of a seven-member panel of local leaders.

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Board stands pat on stormwater

Zittritsch’s campaign to increase town’s responsibility fails

By Jason Starr

Observer staff [Read more…]

Fourth of July Parade

Small towns, beautiful vistas mark stay in Austria’s Tyrol region

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Creators News Service

“The slower you walk, the sooner you’ll get there.” Those words, uttered by Wolfgang Wippler as I followed him up a steep mountain trail, seemed to make little sense. [Read more…]

A mixed bag for SD Ireland in Legion ball

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

SD Ireland returned to Vermont Legion baseball action on Monday afternoon with a 13-7 loss to the Colchester Cannons. [Read more…]

Sibling Firecracker

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Observer staff

Before they had kids, Stephen and Heidi Magill would participate in the annual Firecracker 5K as part of Williston’s Fourth of July celebration. They never came close to winning it.

But on Friday, they proudly watched as both their son and daughter crossed the finish line first. Brendan Magill was the top male finisher, and Erin Magill was the fastest woman.

The family lives in Moretown, but celebrates the Fourth every year in Williston, where Stephen grew up and his parents, Charlie and Ruth Magill, live.

“I am happy for them,” Stephen said. “It’s kind of cool to see.”

Heidi recalled running the race when she was pregnant with Erin. Seventeen years later, Erin is a rising senior at Harwood Union High School and a Division II state cross country champion.

“My grandparents wanted to see us both win,” she said after completing the race at Williston Community Park. “We weren’t sure if it would happen, but it did.”

Brendan placed 14th in the state cross country championship race this school year as a sophomore for Harwood. The siblings train together both in cross country and track and run a loose schedule of 5Ks over the summer.

“I had a really fast time,” Brendan said, “faster than I expected. I was ahead from the start.”

The Firecracker 5K is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Erin Regan, community manager for the organization’s Relay for Life, said she expects about $2,000 to come from the event.

The money goes to support families battling cancer, as well as cancer research.

How to find and claim your family’s unclaimed money

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that there are free online search tools that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by deceased relatives. When my father passed away his financial affairs were in such a mess, I’m wondering if there was anything he left behind.

Wondering Daughter [Read more…]

Runner champions cause of refugees

Williston teen plans run across Vermont to launch ‘Running for Refuge’

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

As a girl growing up in Williston, Olivia Pintair would listen to her grandparents’ stories about fleeing Hungary in the mid-1950s as the Hungarian Revolution — a populist revolt against the Soviet Union — raged. [Read more…]

Gas pipeline found closer to surface than ordered

State says investigation warranted

By Mike Polhamus 

For VT Digger [Read more…]