October 23, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Catamount invites residents to join Board

Over the last year and a half, Catamount Outdoor Family Center has been doing much to prepare for the transition to working with the Town of Williston in managing the upcoming Catamount Community Forest. In fact, we have as a board reworked our very mission: creating outdoor experiences at the Catamount Community Forest that build active lifestyles, friendships, and environmental awareness.  While we cannot outline all that we have done, or plan to do, to serve Williston residents and the surrounding communities in three hundred words or less… we can ask our Williston neighbors to join us in the work.

As we head into this exciting new chapter in our town’s history, we would like to extend a special invitation to Williston residents to join our volunteer Board of Directors. We feel that increasing representation of Williston residents on the board will add more voice from the community in order to shape the future of our organization and the partnership with the town. We currently have space for two new members and are looking for individuals who have fundraising, marketing, educational programming and/or financial expertise along with the vision that playing in nature should be everyone’s first choice. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Celebrate national voter registration month by registering to vote

By Jim Condos

Vt. Secretary of State

Happy national voter registration month!

What can I say? I love voting. Joining with our neighbors at the polls to decide local issues, from wastewater bonds to school budgets, and to vote on who we want to represent us locally, statewide, and nationally, is the beating heart at the core of our democracy. [Read more…]

State recommends lead drinking water testing at all Vermont schools

By Elizabeth Gribkoff

For VT Digger

Officials are recommending that all schools in Vermont test for lead in their drinking water after an initial round of testing showed elevated lead levels at some schools in the state.

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‘Surprise’ award for Town Treasurer Deb Beckett

Deb Beckett receives Vermont Treasurer of the Year award.

By Marianne Apfelbaum

Observer staff

After 20 years as Town Clerk and Treasurer, you might think Deb Beckett has seen it all. But last week, she got quite a surprise when her name was announced as the Vermont Treasurer of the Year at the VMCTA’s annual banquet. [Read more…]

“White Boy Rick”

The Wild, Wild Midwest

2 & ½ popcorns (POPCORN ART)

By Michael S. Goldberger

Film Critic

My dad was a bench seat philosopher who, while a man of measured words, occasionally liked to opine from behind the wheel of our ‘51 Buick Roadmaster, the one with the Fireball 8 engine. I look back at it as our quality time. Maybe it was a quick trip to Sears to buy some roofing material, or to get me some White Castle sliders on a night when my mom was just too tired to cook. Or perhaps it was my tutelage entirely planned. Looking through the windshield, Daniel Goldberger explained the passing pageant of humanity. [Read more…]

Third grader inspires Williston business to ditch plastic straws

Riordan Adams note to the owner of Ramunto’s Pizza.

By Raeann Bilow

Special to the Observer

Trivia time! What do the city of Seattle, Starbucks and Ramunto’s Pizza all have in common?

Answer: All three places have recently joined the growing movement to eliminate plastic straws. [Read more…]

Farmers market to make changes for 2019

The Williston farmers market at Kismet Place will be back in 2019 with new management.

By Clover Whitham

Observer correspondent

The Williston farmers market is slated to return to Kismet Place next summer, but with a new time and a new manager.

Sharon Gutwin, owner of Rehab Gym and Kismet Place, volunteered both the space and her time to manage this year’s farmers market. It was Williston’s first since it was held at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in 2015. [Read more…]

“Juliet, Naked”

Anatomy of a Triangle

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

Ethan Hawke’s Tucker Crowe in Jesse Peretz’s intelligent, seriocomic “Juliet, Naked,” had me thinking back to 1969 when, during a hiccup in my education, I visited my best friend, rock ‘n’ roller Howard “Richard” Tepp, in Malibu. It was the era of free love and, like the fictitious Tucker Crowe, Howie, through the cooperation of some enthusiastic groupies, had strewn the landscape with several progeny. The other similarity between the two is the cult following that grew out of their brief stardom.

Fact is, throughout history there have been many such multi-pollinating troubadours who, intentionally or not, have [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Cristina Clarimon-Alinder

Kale and Apple Salad

The garden is enchanting this time of the year. The sunlight filters through the overgrown borders, and seed-heads are everywhere casting delicate shadows. Cosmos and calendulas coexist with some vigorous winter greens.

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Which flu shot is right for you?

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve been reading that there are a bunch of different flu vaccines for seniors this flu season. Which flu shot is right for me?

Flu-Conscious Carol

Dear Carol, [Read more…]