April 25, 2018

Hearty jumping

Observer photo by Al Frey
Karlianne Lovins tries to jump as many times as possible in 10 seconds during a jump rope fundraiser for the American Heart Association at Allen Brook School on Friday.

Citizen funding needed for Catamount

Users will be asked to help close funding gap for community forest

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

Users and lovers of the Catamount Outdoor Family Center can expect an appeal to their generosity this spring to help close a roughly $200,000 gap in the acquisition fund needed to convert the 393-acre property into a publicly owned resource. [Read more…]

High-speed chase ends on Fairway Drive

Law enforcement vehicles respond as a high-speed chase ends Sunday evening on Fairway Drive. Observer courtesy photo by Pogo Senior

The Vermont State Police charged a 17-year-old Williston driver with reckless endangerment and excessive speed after a 100 mph vehicle chase on Mountain View Road, North Williston Road and Fairway Drive on Sunday evening. [Read more…]

An egg-citing adventure

Observer photo by Al Frey
Max Monty with mom, Rebecca, meets the Easter Bunny Saturday at the Williston-Richmond Rotary’s 20th annual Bill Mikell Easter Parade and Egg Hunt.

Noah Westman with mom, Shari, shows off his gift basket for finding a special egg with the Rotary International sticker

A large crowd gathers in front of Williston Central School.

Budget-friendly spring break getaways

Spring is the perfect time for a
vacation. Shake off the doldrums
of winter as you transition toward
fresh beginnings and warmer days.
One tip for planning a fun-filled trip
with nearly countless memories:
start your planning by deciding
what types of things you’d like to do
and experiences you’d like to enjoy.
For example, destinations like
Texas, which offers hundreds of
miles of coastline along the Texas
Gulf Coast, can be a perfect destination
for spring break travel for
all ages. Start looking forward to
a getaway to remember with these
ideas, perfect for family travel,
spring-breakers and everyone in
See the sights. If you’re the exploring
type and want to mix some
education with your fun, plan your
journey around attractions like
museums and nature centers, where
you’ll find plenty to learn about the
local area. Look for experiences
you can’t find anyplace else, such
as a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage
site, which can offer a special
look at the past.
Make a splash. For water lovers
and more active types, a visit to the
seashore may be just the ticket. At
some locations, you can find all
sorts of adventures, like surfing,
kiteboarding, snorkeling, scuba
diving, parasailing, jet skiing, deep
sea fishing and more.
Pitch a tent. When you’re looking
to put the hustle and bustle of
the city aside, a camping trip is
the perfect way to reconnect with
nature and enjoy some peaceful
relaxation. Whether in Texas’s Hill
Country or on a beach, you can find
a variety of camping locations. For
example, the small beach town of
Port Aransas can provide a perfect
backdrop to an evening by the
campfire and a restful night under
the stars.
Explore the great outdoors.
Discovering new flora and fauna
is a delightful way to spend spring
break. National parks offer nearly
endless opportunities where you
can experience natural elements
teeming with life. These protected
destinations are the perfect places
for unique animal encounters, such
as birdwatching, with hundreds of
native species.
Go by land and sea. You can
create an eclectic trip with diverse
experiences by choosing a destination
that lets you enjoy activities on
both land and water. For example,
Galveston Island’s cruise ports offer
an array of activities that appeal
to travelers in transition, such as
harbor tours and an amusement
park pier, along with the island’s
ample supply of art galleries, entertainment
and architecture.
For more ideas and inspiration
to start planning your spring break
trip, visit TravelTexas.com.
Family Features

Savvy Senior: How to write a will

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
Though it may seem hard to
believe, at age 65, I never have
gotten around to making a will, but
I’d like to now. My question is: Do
I need to hire a lawyer to write my
will, or can I do it myself? I want
to get my affairs in order, but I
hate paying an attorney fee if I
don’t have to.
Getting Organized
Dear Getting,
It’s not hard to believe at all.
Fewer than half of American adults
have a will, mainly because they
either haven’t thought about it or
gotten around to it, or they’ve put
it off because they don’t want to
think about dying.
But having a will is important
because it ensures that your money
and property are distributed to the
people you want to receive it after
your death.
If you die without a will, your
estate will be settled in accordance
with state law. Details vary by state,
but assets typically are distributed
using a hierarchy of survivors.
You also need to be aware that
certain accounts take precedence
over a will. If you jointly own a
home or a bank account, for example,
the house, and the funds
in the account, will go to the joint
holder, even if your will directs
otherwise. Similarly, retirement accounts
and life insurance policies
are distributed to the beneficiaries
you designate, so it is important to
keep them up-to-date too.
Not necessarily. Creating a will
with a do-it-yourself software program
may be acceptable in some
cases, particularly if you’re single
and have a modest bank account.
But if you have significant financial
assets or a complex family
situation, like a blended family or
child with special needs, it’s best
to seek professional advice. An
experienced lawyer can make sure
you cover all your bases, which can
help avoid family confusion and
squabbles after you’re gone.
The National Academy of Elder
Law Attorneys (NAELA.org) and
the American College of Trust
and Estate Counsel (ACTEC.org)
websites are good resources that
have directories to help you find
someone in your area.
Costs will vary depending on
your location and the complexity of
your situation, but you can expect
to pay somewhere between $200
and $1,500 to get your will made.
To help you save, shop around and
get price quotes from several different
firms. And before you meet
with an attorney, make a detailed
list of your assets and accounts to
help make your visit more efficient.
If money is tight, check with
your state’s bar association (see
FindLegalHelp.org) to find lowcost
legal help in your area. Or call the Eldercare Locater at 800-677-
1116 for a referral.
If you are interested in a doit-yourself
will, one of the best
options is the Quicken WillMaker
Plus 2018 software (available at
NOLO.com) that costs $70, works
with Windows personal computers
and Macs, and is valid in every
state except Louisiana.
It’s also recommend that if you
do create your own will, it’s wise
to have a lawyer review it to make
sure it covers all the important
Once your will is written, the
best place to keep it is either in
a fireproof safe or file cabinet at
home, or in a safe deposit box in
your bank. But make sure your
executor knows where it is and
has access to it. Or, if a professional
prepares your will, keep the
original document at your lawyer’s
office. Also, be sure to update your
will if your family or financial circumstances
change, or if you move
to another state.
Jim Miller is a contributor to the
NBC Today show and author of
‘The Savvy Senior’ book.

Seven camp prep pointers

By Bette Bussel
American Camp Association,
New England
Congratulations on making a final
camp choice and setting the registration
process in motion! Once
registration logistics are underway,
parents/guardians of first-time
campers may be unsure of how to
prepare themselves and their children
for upcoming summer camp
experiences. The American Camp
Association, New England offers
the following pointers to round out
the information that comes directly
from the camp:
w Pack efficiently — Wondering
what gear you really need? Your
camp offers the best advice. If
a packing list is provided by the
camp, follow it carefully. Whether
you’re filling a daypack for day
camp or a duffle, backpack or
trunk for resident/overnight camp,
remember that more is not necessarily
better. Over-packing is the
most common camp prep error
families make. Over-packing creates
difficulty in finding essential
items quickly — the swimsuit for
free swim, for instance. Over-packing
increases the chances that possessions
will get lost somewhere
in camp. Over-packing burdens
the camper, weighing them down
w Pack together — Camp experiences
teach children valuable life
lessons in how to keep track of and
to take care of their belongings. If
adults do the packing for and not
with campers, children don’t know
what they have or where to find it.
If campers are to manage their belongings
while at camp (for the day
or for weeks at a time), they need to
pack them (or help pack them in the
case of younger campers)!
w Practice independence — Camp
offers parents and children a
chance to practice normal, healthy
separation, for the day or for several
days or weeks at a time. Camp
experiences provide an opportunity
for each child to benefit as an
individual and as a member of a
group, from time spent in a world
designed exclusively for children.
At camp, children develop autonomy
and a stronger sense of self.
They make new friends, build
skills and experience teamwork.
And at the end of camp, parents
report their children’s increased
sense of independence. Schedule
some time away from home for the
day or overnight with friends and
family members.
w Talk, talk, talk — It is only natural
that as the first day of camp
approaches, some children may
feel uneasy. Start the conversation
and encourage your child to talk
about these feelings. Let children
know that you are confident in their
ability to handle the independence
that being a camper brings. Remind
the child of other times they have
been independent — sleepovers
and time away from home with
friends or family, etc.
w Get real — It is so important for
children and parents to maintain
realistic expectations. Camp is a
microcosm of the real world, so
just like life, there will be highs and
lows. Encourage realistic views of
what camp will be like, discussing
both the high points and the low
points children may experience.
Remind children that the most important
thing is to relax and have
fun at camp.
w Prepare to move through homesickness
with confidence — If
homesickness hits, things will go
more smoothly if there’s a plan in
place. Discuss beforehand what
the camper might do when missing
home. Empower the child to seek a
counselor’s help. Prepare yourself
to support your child’s ability to adjust
to a new setting. Try to follow
the camp’s advice. Remember that
for most children homesickness is
a passing phase and growth opportunity.
Working through it can be
tremendously empowering! And
your plan will be the first step.
w Look forward to keeping camp
memories alive! — Set your child
up for success by planning for what
will happen with photos and camp
memorabilia. Will there be a photo
album? A special box for collecting
camp memories? Get the rest
of the family ready to hear camp
stories and songs! Campers love to
reminisce. Sharing camp memories
happens year ‘round — through the
winter and spring until it’s time to
return to camp!
Courtesy of the American Camp
Association. For additional information
and resources in New
England, visit acanewengland.
org or call (781) 541-6080.


By Jan Kenney

Leftover Ham?

It seems to be traditional that any holiday celebration dinner include
a ham. Which also means that there are usually leftovers. And
although I can claim to be a New Englander all the way back to the
Mayflower, there must be some Cajun blood mixed in there somewhere
because I truly believe there is no better use for ham leftovers
than a big pot of jambalaya.
According to my favorite recipe, from a tiny cookbook appropriately
named “The Little New Orleans Cookbook” by Gwen McKee, jambalaya
is “an African dish [for which] ham (jamba) and rice (paella) are
the main ingredients. Jambalaya was traditionally made outdoors in
huge black iron pots used for boiling sugar cane syrup.”
Although ham and rice are the main ingredients, almost any leftovers
you have can go right in the pot as well.
“The Little New Orleans Cookbook” by Gwen McKee
1/2 lb. ham chunks
1 lb. smoked sausage/kielbasa, sliced or ground
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of each: salt, pepper, thyme, Worcestershire, soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon red pepper (or more)
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked rice
1 tablespoon chicken or beef bouillon granules
1 small can mushrooms,partially drained.
Brown the sausage in a large soup pot. Add onion, bell pepper,
garlic, ham and spices. Stir until all is softened. Add water, rice and
bouillon. Bring to boil and stir well. Cover and cook over low heat
30 minutes; add mushrooms, stir and cover. Shrimp or other seafood
can be added at this time as well, just cook until no longer translucent.
Serves 6 – 8.
As with all recipes, you can adjust as you wish. I like more garlic, a
bay leaf or two and a dash of hot sauce. My husband adds a teaspoon
of Cajun spice.
It tastes even better the next day, but you may have to add more
water as the rice will absorb a lot.

Redhawks spring into 2018

Coach: Tim Albertson (10th season)
Last season: 13-5, lost in the Division
I quarterfinals
Key returnees: Jacob Bortnick,
catcher, senior; Liam Reiner,
pitcher/infielder, senior; Kyle
Rivers, first base/pitcher, senior;
Hank Caswell, pitcher/infielder,
senior; Tyler Skaflestad, second
base, junior; Aidan Johnson,
infielder, junior; Jacob Murphy,
outfielder, junior; Ian Parent,
outfield/pitcher, junior.
Key newcomers: Jonah Roberts,
outfield, sophomore; Baker
Angstman, utility, sophomore;
Jacob Boliba, utility, sophomore.
Outlook: A new schedule and
young group will prove challeng-ing in the early season for the
Champlain Valley baseball team.
But the strength of team’s returning
squad is on the mound and in
the infield, making pitching and
defense an area the Redhawks
can rely on. CVU will need the
returning core to hold steady as
the team works in a large group
of younger players.
Opener: Tuesday, April 17, vs.
Saint Johnsbury
Coach: Dave Trevithick (13th
Last season: 16-2, won the Division
I state championship
Key returnees: Sam Comai, defense,
senior; Ryan Trus, defense,
senior; Will Braun, attack, senior;
Walter Braun, midfield, senior;
Jake Schaefer, attack, junior;
Andrew Tieso, goalie, junior.
Key newcomers: Too early to tell
Outlook: The defending state
champions have some work
to do to start the season. The
Redhawks will have to replace
Charlie Bernicke’s goal-scoring
prowess and Jake Evans’ work
in the faceoff circle. Will Braun
and Jake Schaefer will take on
the scoring challenge, while
a committee will look to earn
wins in the faceoff circle, at least
early on.
Opener: Friday, April 6, at Salmon
Coach: Frank Babbott (11th season)
Last season: 9-3; lost in the division
I semifinalsKey returnees: Ivan Llona, senior;
Johnathan Walsh, senior;
Joe Warren, senior; Nathan
Hodgeson-Walker, senior.
Key newcomers: Ethan Lisle,
Outlook: A mix of returning
players and new members have
positions up in the air for the
Champlain Valley boys tennis
team. Though the team’s exact
spots are still a work in progress,
the Redhawks will have
plenty of depth to kick off the
year as they look to gain ground
on defending champs South
Burlington. For the time being,
the Redhawks are hoping for
warm weather so that they can
get outside and get a kick start of
the season. The earlier the team
can play outside, the quicker it
can work in younger players and
find a groove on the court.
Opener: Friday, April 6, vs. Essex
Coach: Amy deGroot (ninth
Last season: 16-0; division I
state champions
Key returnees: Kendall Blanck,
senior; Renee Dauerman, senior;
Madeline Huber, senior;
Stephanie Joseph, senior; Megan
Watson, senior; Sophie
Dauerman, sophomore; Corina
Gorman, sophomore.
Key newcomers: Ella Kenney,
freshman; Jalen Murphy, freshman.
Outlook: Last year, it was another
undefeated season and
another Division I state championship
for the Champlain
Valley girls tennis team. This
year, with seven returning players
from last season’s squad
and two talented newcomers,
the Redhawks are again the
favorites for a D-I state title.
No. 1 singles player Stephanie
Joseph, who also won the individual
state title, will anchor
the group again.
Opener: Friday, April 6, at Essex

Experienced girls lacrosse team looks to take the next step

By Lauren Read
Observer correspondent

Two years ago, the Champlain
Valley Union High School girls
lacrosse team took its first step
toward the top of Division I.
The Redhawks fell to Mount Anthony
in the state semifinals. It was
the first semifinal appearance in 10
years for CVU, and the program
felt a sense of accomplishment.
“It was icing on the cake that we
got to the semifinals,” CVU coach
Tucker Pierson said. “That was a
huge jump for us.”
Last season, the program took
another step, again falling to the
Patriots in the semifinals, but this
time there was disappointment.
This year, the Redhawks are
hoping to take yet another step, determined
to advance past the semis
and into the championship game.
“They are here and pushing themselves
to work harder and play better,”
Pierson said. “They are ready
to go. I think they think a state
championship is a realistic goal.”
The team’s experience in the
midfield and on the attack will
pace the Redhawks, who are led
by senior captains Becca Provost
and Lydia Maitland.
“We are going to be a fast team,”
Pierson said. “(Provost and Maitland)
know the game well enough
that they can run it on the field. I
am really looking forward to them
stepping up.”
The team’s other captain, Fiona
Love, and goaltender Ali Wainer
will provide stability on the back
end, as the group looks to work in a talented freshman class and adjust
to the finicky Vermont spring
“I think it’s really important
getting everyone into positions
we are comfortable with, that just
takes time,” Maitland said. “It’s
important for us to get out and play
some games together.”
The team’s greatest strength,
though, is probably its experience.
With 12 seniors and juniors, the
Redhawks will field a group that
has played a lot of games together
and walks into this season knowing
they can beat the top teams and go
deep in the postseason.
“I am hoping to see the drive we
had last year,” Provost said. “We
have a lot of the same people as
last year, and we have some good
freshmen. I think it will be a shock
how good our freshmen will be
this year.”
In addition, CVU has a wealth of
championship game appearances,
just not in lacrosse.
“We have two championship
soccer players, we have some field
hockey finalists, the downhill
champion in skiing, gymnastics
state champs,” Pierson said. “We
have so many cross-sport athletes.
We are competitive.”
On top of that, CVU has Pierson,
who in her third year as head
coach is finding her stride with the
“I think just the consistency
of having her for the last three
years (has helped). She has a lot of
experience coaching,” Maitland
said. “She has worked a lot on our
footwork and defending.
“I think that has really helped our
defense. We work more as a unit
offensively. She works hard to have
a great team environment.”
With such a solid group to work
with, a talented class of freshmen
and an experienced team taking
the field, Champlain Valley is
well positioned to continue to take
strides forward — and take aim at
a state title.