April 20, 2014

Kinneston is state’s Miss Basketball again

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Emily Kinneston has picked up a slew of post season awards.

Emily Kinneston has picked up a slew of post season awards.

April 10th, 2014

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Just call Emily Kinneston The Sweeper.

The Champlain Valley Union High girls’ basketball star has swept major postseason awards with the latest being her second straight Miss Vermont Basketball honor by the Burlington Free Press.

Earlier the Redhawks senior was named the Gatorade Girls Basketball Vermont Player of the Year and the Metro Division Player of the Year.
Kinneston was also named the All-State first team while teammate and senior guard Kaelyn Kohlasch earned a slot on the second team. Sophomore center Laurel Jaunich made the third team and sophomore guard Sadie Otley is honorable mention.
From the CVU boys hoop quintet, senior center Lucas Aube was selected for honorable mention.

Spring sports teams at a glance

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April 10th, 2014

Champlain Valley Union High varsity coaches provided a preview of their spring seasons

Baseball
Coach: Tim AlbertsonKey returning veterans: Seniors: Kyle Stanley; Erik Bergkvist; Hayden Smith. Juniors: Rayne Supple; Deagan Poland; Will Potter
Leading newcomers: Sophomores Jed Morris; Andrew Bortnick; Sam Mikell
Season prospects: We return 12 players from last year’s squad. Our depth on the mound, and experience defensively, we hope to put ourselves in a good place come playoff time.

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On the field: Nevin DiParlo

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Senior veteran Nevin DiParlo is one of three co-captains on the lacrosse team this year. (Observer courtesy photo)

Senior veteran Nevin DiParlo is one of three co-captains on the lacrosse team this year. (Observer courtesy photo)

April 10th, 2014
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

DiParlo and lacrosse team meet Essex at UVM Saturday
The defending Division 1 state champion Champlain Valley Union High boys’ lacrosse team is wasting no time getting into a pressure early, early season contest.
The Redhawks will tangle with 2013 runner-up and rival Essex High Saturday morning (10:30) at the University of Vermont’s turf field. The two powerhouses last met in June in the Division 1 championship game at Castleton State College.
CVU’s season opener was scheduled at home Thursday but has been postponed due to poor field conditions. No makeup date had been announced.
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On the track: Haliana Burhans

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Observer courtesy photo Champlain Valley Union High senior sprinter Haliana Burhans (center) is ready to start her track season after successful soccer and indoor track turns.

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Champlain Valley Union High senior sprinter Haliana Burhans (center) is ready to start her track season after successful soccer and indoor track turns.

April 10th, 2014
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

A dashing senior looms for the CVU track and field team
In the wake of a solid state championship soccer season (top goal-getter) and a good indoor track campaign, Champlain Valley Union High swift senior Haliana Burhans is set and then some for the spring track competition.
She will be prominent in the 100 and 200 dashes, the relays and maybe one other event.
“If possible, I’d like to go for the triple jump,” Burhans said Friday during an interview at CVU.
When last seen on the outdoor playing fields in Redhawk Country, Burhans was scoring goals at a mighty clip, helping CVU’s girls’ soccer team to its second straight Vermont Division 1 crown. She was an All-State, All-Metro choice.
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Three Williston volunteers honored

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Williston residents Giovanna Boggero (left) and Lyman Clark were selected for Connecting Youth’s ‘Aw Shucks’ volunteerism awards.

Williston residents Giovanna Boggero (left) and Lyman Clark were selected for Connecting Youth’s ‘Aw Shucks’ volunteerism awards.

April 10th, 2014
Observer staff report

Three Williston residents were among the group of community volunteers honored for their time supporting young people and families—Connecting Youth’s annual “Aw Shucks” awards.
The volunteers—nine individuals and one business—were honored at an April 7 event.
“The number of suggestions we receive as we prepared for the event is always inspiring,” said CY Director Christine Lloyd-Newberry. “There is no shortage of committed individuals in our midst, but on April 7 we recognized a group of exceptional people who have gone above and beyond in so many ways.”
Williston resident Lyman Clark was awarded for dedicating his time and energy to coaching, recruiting, problem solving, strategizing and coordinating efforts to make Williston Soccer Club a thriving extracurricular activity. He works to inspire young people to be active and shares his love for the outdoors through coaching and teaching skiing.
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Volunteer Opportunities

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The listings below are just a small sample of the more than 300 volunteer needs from more than 250 agencies you can find at www.unitedwaycc.org.

APRIL: NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH
On behalf of United Way, thank you to all who volunteer and help make this a better community! If you would like to lend a hand, choose an options below or go to www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call us at 860-1677.

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Little Details: Next Stop? College

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April 10th, 2014

By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

Envelopes are in. Are they thick? Are they thin? Are you out? Are you in? Are you relegated to the limbo land of a waitlist? Did you learn from a computer screen the fate of your college applications?
High school seniors face big decisions. Many ponder that existential question: What do I want to be when I grow up? Those who applied to college are evaluating their acceptances, basking in the letters, notes, emails and phone calls with messages of “Choose us.”
A guidance counselor recently said, “People talk about how exciting senior year is. Actually, it’s a very stressful time for students.” For now, the stress has dissipated, at least a little.
These young applicants rose early on Saturday mornings for SAT, ACT and Subject Tests—filling in bubbles with No. 2 pencils while clicking away on calculators. They asked very busy teachers to write letters of recommendation. They toured campuses and prepped for interviews. They accumulated stacks (and stacks) of prospectuses from colleges and universities, near and far. They kept up grades—at least until the end of the second marking period.
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Letters to the Editor

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Thanks for Kids Observer
I really liked the last issue (April 27, 2014) of the Williston Observer and all of the kids’ input. I appreciate the effort you put into doing this. I am sure that the kids appreciated the work that they put into it and it was important that they had ownership with it. I enjoyed reading their thoughts about our great town, whom they admire and why. The last issue was an enjoyable read and was on my kitchen table all weekend.
Mike Isham
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From local to regional: defining Vermont’s foodshed

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April 10th, 2014

By Erica Campbell

Throughout the planning process developing Vermont’s “Farm to Plate” Strategic Plan, we heard many definitions about what the geographic boundaries of “local food” means to different people. Early localvores often used a 30, 50 or 100-mile radius, while others believe local to be a broader, more regional concept. Labeling food as local is important to consumers as well as producers, processors, distributors and retailers along the value chain.
The Farm to Plate Strategic Plan aligns with the State of Vermont’s definition of local: food that is produced or processed within a 30 mile radius of any given locale. So when you take the perspective of the state as a whole, this means that “local” is “Vermont+30 miles,” which includes any place in New York, southern Quebec, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts that is within 30 miles of Vermont’s border. Some have agreed with this definition and others have found it to be too broad or too narrow. We define “regional” to include the six New England States, plus New York and southern Quebec.
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Around Town

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Tiny grants available
The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions is seeking applications for its 2014 Tiny Grant program. The grants provide seed money and/or matching funds for specific conservation projects at the local level. Individual grants are available from $250-$600. Applications are due April 15 and awards will be announced May 1. Conservation Commissions and groups working to become conservation commissions are eligible. Groups must also be members of the Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions. For more information, visit vtconservation.com/blog/ or email [email protected]
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