January 27, 2015

Hot CVU boys hoop five on road Friday night

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Josh Bliss looks for a way around a Colchester guard on Friday. Observer photo by Al Frey

Josh Bliss looks for a way around a Colchester guard on Friday. Observer photo by Al Frey

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After responding to a season-opening five-game losing streak, the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team will resume its current four-game winning string Friday night with a trip to Barre and Spaulding High.
Next home game is Tuesday, when the Redhawks play host to North Country Union (6:30 p.m.), which sported a 7-2 record at the beginning of this week.
CVU’s latest win meant overcoming a series of [Read more...]

Seahorses looming next for unbeaten CVU girls

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Abby Thut keeps her Rice defender at bay. Observer photo by Al Frey

Abby Thut keeps her Rice defender at bay. Observer photo by Al Frey

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
With a perfecto 10-0 first half of the regular season in the accomplishment folder, the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team opens the second half of the campaign with a pair of road contests, the first a short trip to Burlington High Saturday (12:30 p.m.).
Burlington will take a 5-6 record into the fray, having bowed Saturday on the road to [Read more...]

Wage gap persists in Vermont

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Observer staff report
The average Vermont woman makes 85 percent of the average Vermont man’s salary, according to the American Association of University Women. Median earnings for men in Vermont were $44,776 per year compared to women’s median earnings of $38,017. [Read more...]

Saluting Women in Business: Finding a meaningful career in the fight against lung cancer

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After deciding against an earlier career plan, Brassard found a meaningful role in the non-profit world.

After deciding against an earlier career plan, Brassard found a meaningful role in the non-profit world.

By Phyl Newbeck
Observer correspondent
Only 24 years old, Kristen Brassard is a development associate with the American Lung Association’s Vermont office. A less than enjoyable stint student teaching led Brassard to discard her initial career plans, but she felt strongly about finding another way to contribute to society and decided to enter the non-profit world.
Brassard spent two years as a VISTA volunteer in New Hampshire, working with Families in Transition, which provides housing and social [Read more...]

Saluting Women in Business: Helping people back to health

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Erin Miceli Adams is one of 11 owners of PT360. When she was 25, she was among the group that founded the physical therapy cooperative.

Erin Miceli Adams is one of 11 owners of PT360. When she was 25, she was among the group that founded the physical therapy cooperative.

By Phyl Newbeck
Observer correspondent
At the ripe old age of 25, Erin Miceli Adams became a founding owner of PT360, a physical therapy cooperative.
“I hadn’t been out of school terribly long,” she said. “It was certainly a big step since I knew nothing about running a business.”
Initially, Adams worked in Williston but in September of 2013 she helped open a new PT360 facility in Shelburne, where she is currently based.
“It’s been a new adventure,” she said. “It’s been busy, fun and exciting.” [Read more...]

Saluting Women in Business: Changing fields to make a difference

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Christine Beall thinks she makes more of an impact on people’s lives helping them manage their finances than when she worked at a  nonprofit.

Christine Beall thinks she makes more of an impact on people’s lives helping them manage their finances than when she worked at a
nonprofit.

By Phyl Newbeck
Observer correspondent
At first it might appear that by changing her profession, Christine Beall, a financial advisor at Edward Jones, has lost the idealism that initially propelled her into the nonprofit and education fields. Beall would disagree with you on that. The 35-year-old, who first learned about her employer when she became a client 12 years ago, believes she has a more direct impact on the lives of people now than in her previous positions. [Read more...]

Library Notes

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Youth News
LittleBits Club
Thursdays, Jan. 15-29, 4-5 p.m. Learn about circuitry using snap-together electronics modules and recycled materials. Grades 3-5. Pre-register. Presented by Peter Hibbeler and Jake Kahn. littleBits kits donated by Williston-Richmond Rotary Club.
Science Story Time
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. Explore the hidden world beneath the snow to see how many creatures thrive in the depths of winter. Presented by Kristen Littlefield. For children ages 3-5. Sponsored by Friends of DAML. [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

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Thank you, mentors
Mentor comes from the Greek word for “steadfast and enduring.” The hundreds of members of our community who have served as CY mentors at Williston Central School since the program’s inception exemplify this dedication and commitment.
Since the first mentoring matches were made at WCS 15 years ago this month, CY Mentoring has never wavered in following high standards of quality and in keeping the student mentees at its center. The greatest success of the program today is that both adult and student participants choose to return, year after year. This fall, 100 percent of our non-graduating pairs chose to stay together. Moreover, I am honored that an overwhelming majority of mentors whose students moved on from WCS volunteered to return to the program in whatever capacity they were most needed. [Read more...]

Have you ever considered running for office?

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By Deb Beckett
Over the past year, voters around the world have made their way into voting booths to let their voices be heard and to help set the course of direction for their country, state or town. Whether voting for independence or for new leadership or simply to determine where tax dollars should be spent, exercising the right to cast a ballot is taking place worldwide.
Williston is no different. On March 3, 2015 Williston voters will go to the polls and cast their ballots to determine who will best lead our town over the next year and to determine if the budgets presented by the Williston Selectboard and School Board are reasonable and justified. [Read more...]

Grant to help control erosion at Lake Iroquois

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Observer staff report
A grant will help fund work to redesign the beach and parking lot at Lake Iroquois in an effort to control erosion and improve water quality at the lake.
The grant, received in the fall from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, totals $49,661.
“Despite attempts over the years to keep the gravel road and parking area graded in such a way as to keep runoff from going directly into the lake, runoff continues to erode the beach and add high levels of phosphorous to Lake Iroquois,” a press release states. “This effort is a step toward making the beach a viable and enjoyable recreational spot at a reasonable cost for years to come.”
Public Works Director Bruce Hoar said the town hopes to seek bids for the project in the near future, and have work completed before the beach opens for the summer.