August 28, 2014

Public Safety

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Annual Rabies Bait Drop
Eighteen of the 31 animals that have tested positive for rabies so far this year have been in the state’s most populated region, Chittenden County. The 18th Annual Rabies Bait Drop will take place (weather permitting) Aug. 11-18, targeting eight Vermont counties, including all of Chittenden County, to help stop the spread of the potentially fatal viral disease. [Read more...]

HGTV’s ‘Room Crashers’ star to appear at Vermont Fall Home Show

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Todd Davis works on a design during the week 3 challenge, as seen on HGTV Design Star. (Observer courtesy photo)

Todd Davis works on a design during the week 3 challenge, as seen on HGTV Design Star. (Observer courtesy photo)

The Vermont Fall Home Show in September promises the most up-to-date information on products and services for your home. [Read more...]

Little Details: Lessons for the living

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By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

Australian writer Bronnie Ware spent years tending to hospice patients. Caring for the dying extends beyond administering palliatives and checking vital signs. Caring for the dying is about keeping vigil, bearing witness to the parting thoughts, words and deeds of people facing their final stop on the continuum of life. [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

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Less government, more choices
After reading the article regarding CSWD’s plan to control who picks up garbage (“CSWD eyes pickup changes,” Williston Observer, Aug. 7, 2014), I could only think…here we go again with more government. The most important factor being “choice” would be removed by the proposal being looked at by CSWD. [Read more...]

Partnerships power conservation efforts

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By Tom Vilsack

When USDA launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program several months ago, we talked about our hope that this new way of doing business would build coalitions of unlikely partners and bring new money and resources for conservation projects to the table. [Read more...]

Local 14-year-old poet Pintair shares hope in new book

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By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

A 14-year-old Williston poet is using her writing to spread hope, unity and inspiration to others.
In the spring, Olivia Pintair self-published an eBook of poetry, titled “When All That’s Left is Light,” on Amazon.com. [Read more...]

Willistonian buys Church Street Marketplace store

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Luke and Ashley Wight of Williston, new owners of the Burlington kitchen supply store Kiss The Cook. (Observer courtesy photo)

Luke and Ashley Wight of Williston, new owners of the Burlington kitchen supply store Kiss The Cook. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer Correspondent

Luke Wight of Williston said he loves to cook, even if he’s just OK at it. He also has a lot of business experience on his resume.
So when the venerable Kiss The Cook store — a fixture on the Church Street Marketplace for more than 20 years — went up for sale, he jumped at the chance to buy it. [Read more...]

Construction continues after building collapse

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Workers were 21 feet off the ground when a Town of Williston salt shed that was under construction gave way last week.

Workers were 21 feet off the ground when a Town of Williston salt shed that was under construction gave way last week.

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent

Three of the four people injured in last week’s collapse of a Town of Williston salt shed are out of the hospital as investigation into the cause of the accident continues.
Work has resumed on a new public works building on the site, but rebuilding of the collapsed salt shed is still on hold for now. [Read more...]

A new (but slow) way around Taft Corners

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Houses in Finney Crossing are placed closer to the road than in some other Williston subdivions. Their location may make residents frown on speeding motorists using their neighborhood’s main road as a bypass. (Photo courtesy of Snyder Homes)

Houses in Finney Crossing are placed closer to the road than in some other Williston subdivions. Their location may make residents frown on speeding motorists using their neighborhood’s main road as a bypass. (Photo courtesy of Snyder Homes)

Zephyr Road extension will link Routes 2, 2A
By Greg Elias
Observer correspondent

A dead-end road that serves a few dozen homes and businesses will soon morph into the main street for hundreds of new residents – and become a tempting way to bypass Taft Corners traffic for commuters.
The existing piece of Zephyr Road off Vermont 2A will be extended to U.S. 2 at Simon’s convenience store, running in a long arc just east and north of Williston’s best-known intersection. The developer of the Finney Crossing project is constructing the half-mile segment, which is scheduled to be complete this fall. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: Little League tournament

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Catcher Jonah Roberts confers with pitcher Benjamin Herskowitz during an Aug. 3 win against Maine. (Observer courtesy photos by David Herskowitz)

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