July 21, 2018

CVU theatre plans summer musical

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The CVU theatre program brings a production of “The Little Mermaid” to the stage in August.

The Champlain Valley Union High School Theatre Program returns to the stage this summer with a production of “The Little Mermaid.” Rehearsals start later this month for an Aug. 10-12 run of shows. [Read more…]

Spirit shines through on steamy Fourth

Observer photo by Al Frey
Supporters of the Williston Community Food Shelf celebrated its 10th year of service as they marched in Williston’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, despite the uncharacteristically hot and humid weather. For more photos see pgs. 9-16 and visit the Observer website at willistonobserver.com.

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

It takes particular dedication to dress up in a furry, oversized costume and walk a mile in the middle of Williston Road in 90-degree heat.

Some hidden technology helps, too. [Read more…]

Iroquois homeowners return to non-chemical milfoil tactics

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Lake Iroquois’ shoreline homeowners’ quest to control invasive Eurasian Milfoil continues with suction harvesting and lake-bottom mats this summer.

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Lake Iroquois Association has returned to suctioning up invasive Eurasian milfoil out of the lake this summer using a boat and divers after state regulators said they would deny its permit to apply a chemical herbicide.

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Police seek Neighborhood Watch leaders

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The Williston Police Department recently placed a new Neighborhood Watch sign at Morgan Parkway. The department is seeking residents interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch in their neighborhoods.

The Williston Police Department is rekindling its effort to launch a Neighborhood Watch program. [Read more…]

Simple gadgets that can help older drivers

Dear Savvy Senior,

Are there any specific auto gadgets you can recommend that can help senior drivers? Both of my parents are in there eighties and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and age they’re very stiff, which causes them some driving problems.

Researching Daughter

Dear Researching, [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Cristina Clarimon-Alinder

Tomatina tastes like summer

Pretty soon tomato plants all over Vermont will be producing gorgeous tomatoes of all colors and sizes. I absolutely love tomatoes, and I have a good variety of them in my garden. I was also lucky to grow up in a region where they are cherished and celebrated.

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Chittenden County water quality volunteers needed

James Mazzola

Kristen Balschunat

The Williston office of the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, along with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, is seeking volunteers who are interested in making an impact on stream health and learning about local water quality issues.

Volunteers will join the county’s “Rethink Runoff Stream Team” and contribute to the group’s water quality monitoring program.

Each summer the Stream Team collects water samples at specific stream sites across Chittenden County. Each volunteer will collect a sample from their designated site and deliver the sample to the Williston NRCS office. Sample dates for this summer include: June 26, July 10, July 24, Aug 7 and Aug. 21.

Contact Kristen at kristen@winooskinrcd.org or (802) 288-8155 ext. 104 to sign-up. More information is available at rethinkrunoff.org.

Riverfront landowners sought for buffer projects

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District seeks Chittenden County landowners who live along rivers or streams and are interested in installing a riparian buffer on their property to control streambank erosion and protect floodplains.

Riparian buffers are the grasses, shrubs and/or trees that grow along streams, helping to filter and clean stormwater runoff before it enters waterways. Without this protection, streambanks become unstable, erode and become a greater source of non-point source pollution. The district would ask landowners for a swath of land about 35 feet wide for the district to plant the buffer.

Interested landowners can fill out a form linked to at the bottom of the web page at winooskircd.org.

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is one of 14 conservation districts throughout Vermont. It encompasses all of Chittenden and Washington counties as well as parts of Orange County. It focuses on agricultural assistance, forestland enhancement, urban conservation and watershed stewardship.

Natural Resources District hires two staffers

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District has hired Kristen Balschunat as outreach coordinator in the areas of agricultural assistance, urban conservation and habitat restoration and James Mazzola in the areas of water quality monitoring and habitat assessment.

Balschunat is a native of Glens Falls, N.Y. and graduate of SUNY Geneseo. Mazzola is a native of Shatfsbury and a graduate of Castleton University.

Secrets for a well-maintained lawn

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Solving lawn problems early can prevent more catastrophic issues in the future.

Growing a healthy, appealing lawn isn’t about doing one thing right; it’s about doing a combination of things right. Different aspects of lawn maintenance, whether it’s watering, fertilizing or mowing, are interrelated. If you complete one task incorrectly – or skip it – you may increase problems with insects, diseases and weeds.

To help you on your way to manicuring a well-maintained lawn, BioAdvanced lawn and garden expert Lance Walheim recommends these steps:

Grow the Right Grass [Read more…]

Police Blotter

June 18—24

June 18

1:37 a.m.— Officer responded to an alarm activation on Chad Lane. Upon arrival, the alarm was observed to be false.

1:55 a.m.—Officer assisted Richmond Police Department with suspicious activity on Dugway Road. Upon arrival, persons described were not present.

4:27 a.m.— Officer responded to an alarm activation at Interstate Corporate Center. Upon arrival, the alarm was observed to be false.

7:11 a.m.— Officer assisted Vermont State Police by directing traffic on Interstate 89 due to a vehicle crash.

11:54 a.m.— Officer responded to suspicious activity on Williston Road

12:11 p.m.— Officer completed a background investigation.

1:19 p.m.— Officer took a statement from a citizen on White Birch Lane concerning possible theft.

3:06 p.m.— Officer completed a background investigation.

3:14 p.m.— Officer observed a dog in a vehicle without the owner on Merchants Row. The owner advised they would have someone remove the dog from the vehicle.

4:00 p.m.—Officer responded to a report of a vehicle off the roadway on Williston and Talcott roads. The driver reported no injuries, and the vehicle was towed from the ditch.

6:29 p.m.— Officer responded to call concerning a citizen on Helena Drive.

6:38 p.m.— Officer responded to reports of a tree down on Williston Road. Officers moved the majority of the tree from the road, notified the Agency of Transportation and placed cones to warn drivers.

7:41 p.m.—Officer responded to an alarm activation on Boyer Circle. Upon arrival, the alarm was observed to be false.

8:44 p.m.— Officer assisted Vermont State Police in attempting to locate a male who fled the scene of an accident.

9:48p.m. — Officer responded to a citizen’s request for assistance on Harvest Lane.

June 19

5:31 a.m. —Officer assisted Richmond Police Department by checking East Main Street for loose animals in the roadway. None were found.

5:54 a.m.— Officer assisted Shelburne Police Department and Internet Crimes Against Children with a search warrant.

6:36 a.m. — Officer responded to reports of a tree blocking Heather Lane. The officer spoke with a citizen and they advised that they would resolve the issue.

8:03a.m. — Officer assisted citizen with possible theft on Timothy Way.

8:35 a.m. — Officer processed a set of fingerprints for a citizen.

10:47 a.m. — Officer processed a set of fingerprints.

12:40 p.m. — Officer stopped a vehicle operator driving with a suspended license.

1:18 p.m. — Officer responded to a minor parking collision on St. George Road.

2:31p.m. — Officer assisted Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s office by serving two subpoenas.

3:05 p.m. — Officer observed a vehicle with no inspection sticker on Williston Road and Timothy Way. Upon investigation, the vehicle was being driven by an operator under civil suspension.

3:22 p.m. — Officer responded to a minor vehicle collision on Walnut Street.

9:24 p.m. — Officer responded to a late report of vandalism on Harvest Lane.

June 20

8:17 a.m. — Officer responded to a report of theft on Industrial Avenue. Officer checked local businesses for outdoor cameras for evidence but was unable to locate any.

8:54 a.m. — Officer responded to a call for police assistant with towing a vehicle with slashed tires.

9:26 — Officer completed directed patrol on Williston Road.

11:00a.m. — Officer received a report of a citizen dispute.

2:01 p.m. — Officer processed a set of fingerprints.

2:58 p.m. — Officer responded to a 911 Hangup at Interstate Corporate Center.

3:06 p.m.—Officer assisted Bristol Police Department on Harvest Lane by taking a male into custody.

4:52 p.m.—Officer pulled over a vehicle for lack of a license plate on Boxwood Street. Upon investigation, the officer seized a controlled substance and associated supplies. The officer wrote a warning and took the evidence for destruction.

5:11 p.m. — Officer responded to an alarm activation on Avenue B. Upon arrival, the alarm was observed to be false.

5:50 p.m. — Officer responded to an alarm activation on Avenue B. Upon arrival, the alarm was observed to be false.

7:32 p.m. — Officer assisted a citizen with a juvenile problem on Harvest Lane.

8:07 p.m. —Officer responded to a report of citizen shooting a BB gun inappropriately on Essex Road. Upon discussion, the male agreed to shoot in his backyard instead.

8:23 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of an argument on Essex Road. Upon police arrival, the two involved parties agreed to stay in their residences for the night.

9:21 p.m. — Officer responded to an alarm activation on Avenue D. Upon arrival, the keyholder notified the officer that the alarm was false.

June 21

1:58 a.m. — Officer completed foot patrol of Maple Tree Place.

7:40 a.m. — Officer responded to a report of a dog on a citizen’s property. The officer retrieved the dog and reunited it with its owner.

9:30 a.m. — An officer retrieved a found purse on Essex Road and got in contact with the owner.

10:04 a.m. — Officer assisted a business on Retail Way with a trespassing complaint.

11:40 a.m. — Officer completed bike patrol of Maple Tree Place.

1:09 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of a locked dog in a vehicle.

1:35 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of a minor accident on Cypress Street. Upon arrival, the officer could not locate the two vehicles in question.

1:38 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of a citizen dispute at Maple Tree Place. The officer made contact with the two individuals and was assured everything was fine.

2:23 p.m. — Officer responded to a minor two-vehicle accident on Essex Road. There were no injuries reported.

3:27 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of theft on Harvest Lane. An offending male had been trespassed from the business and the merchandise was returned.

4:26 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of credit card theft at Maple Tree Place. Upon investigation, no evidence or suspicious circumstance was found.

4:37 p.m.—Officer assisted a citizen with a possible fraudulent phone call. Upon investigation, the call appeared to be legitimate.

5:05 p.m. — Officer assisted Vermont State Police in attempting to locate a vehicle.

5:13 p.m. — Officer responded to a possible suspicious person on Boxwood walkway.

5:55 p.m.— Officer responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on St. George Road. There were no reports of injuries.

6:20 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of theft on Harvest Lane. An individual was taken into custody and found to have an out-of-state warrant.

7:59 p.m. — Officers assisted Vermont State Police in responding to a two-vehicle collision on Route 109.

9:45 p.m. — Officer cited a male for theft on Harvest Lane.

June 22

12:15 a.m. — Officer assisted Williston Fire Department on Hurricane Lane with a medical call for service. The individual was transported by Williston Fire and Rescue.

9:08 a.m. — Officer responded to a report of an assault at Taft Corners Shopping Center.

11:49 a.m. — Officer responded to a three-vehicle collision on Williston Road and Industrial Avenue.

3:07 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of a problematic individual on Merchants Row. The male was issued a trespass notice after he was located.

4:04 p.m. — Officer was dispatched to respond to a two-vehicle collision on Williston Road and Industrial Avenue.

4:19 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of possible theft on Marshall Avenue.

5:40 p.m. — Officer observed a vehicle with no inspection sticker. The officer conducted a stop, and upon investigation, the vehicle was found to have no insurance. The vehicle was towed and another officer issued a ticket for no insurance with a seat belt violation.

6:57 p.m. — Officer responded to a retail theft in progress on Harvest Lane. The offender was trespassed on behalf of the business and referred to the Williston Reparative Justice Board.

7:20 p.m. — Officer responded to a call from a complainant who had been harassed on Hawthorne Street.

10:50 p.m. — Officer cited an individual for driving with a suspended license at Taft Corners Shopping Center.

June 23

12:34 a.m. — Officers assisted Vermont State Police with a juvenile in custody.

6:39a.m. — Officer assisted Vermont State Police by being present for shift changes.

8:08a.m. — Officer responded to an alarm activation on South Brownell Road. Upon arrival, the alarm was observed to be false.

10:21 a.m. — Officer responded to a report of a possibly impaired driver on St. George Road.

3:57 p.m. — Officer completed a welfare check.

4:55 p.m. — Officer assisted South Burlington Police with shutting down roadway on Hinesburg and Van Sicken roads due to a traffic from an accident.

8:18 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of an individual threatening a citizen. All parties were advised to not communicate with each other, but to call if the need arises.

9:27 p.m. — Officer responded to a report of a loose farm animal on the roadway by Oak Hill Road. Owners were notified and secured the farm animal.

10:56 p.m. — Officers responded to a call from an individual threatening self-harm. The individual was escorted to the UVM Medical Center for crisis intervention

June 24

3:56 a.m. — Officers responded to a report of intoxicated individuals and possible theft on St. George Road.

4:30 a.m. — Officer conducted a stop for erratic driving. The operator was issued a warning.

9:26 a.m. — Officer observed possible suspicious persons and notified South Burlington Police of possible suspicious behavior.

11:36 a.m. — Officer conducted an arrest for driving under criminal suspension.

2:41 p.m. — Officer responded to an alarm activation on Lawrence Place. Upon arrival, the alarm was observed to be false.

3:00 p.m. — Officer gave a Neighborhood Watch sign to a citizen.

7:24 p.m. — Officer gained access to a vehicle for a citizen who had been locked out on Hurricane Lane.

7:48 p.m. — Officer responded to report of fraud on Harvest Lane.

11:23 p.m. — Officer assisted Williston Fire and Rescue on Kirby Lane with a juvenile who was having a seizure.

Talent Skatepark to close

After 16 years in business, Talent Skatepark & Shop on Williston Road in South Burlington will close its doors Aug. 5.

In an announcement Monday, founders David and Hannah Deene Wood cited multiple reasons for the closure, including a decline in skateboarding participation, increased competition from online retailers and the technology habits of today’s youth.

“We tried to combat the business decline for years,” Hannah Deene Wood said in a press release. “We saw over time how our loyal customers shifted their purchasing habits online, and our business plan, which relied on retail sales, was deeply impacted.”

The couple did not disclose their future plans, opting instead to focus on the weeks ahead, which will include a culminating celebration planned for Aug. 3, featuring professional skateboarders who started their skateboarding careers as children at Talent: Chris “Cookie” Colburn, Jordan Maxham and Collin Hale.

“Stop by, skate with us, and share your memories with us,” said David Wood. “Enjoy the final weeks of skateboarding in the air conditioning.”