April 19, 2018

Time to shine

Unified hoops team
off to 3-0 start
By Lauren Read
Observer correspondent

While the rest of Champlain Valley
Union’s spring sports teams are
in the midst of preseason practices,
there is one program that is already
off to a winning start.
The Unified basketball team
— which partners students with
disabilities and athletes without
disabilities on the court — is 3-0,
just one year after winning the
inaugural state championship.
“Winning the championship at
the Patrick Gym was a lifetime
highlight for several of our athletes,”
said CVU co-coach Peter
Booth. “There are definitely players,
both athletes and partners, who
would love to win another title.”
CVU has won games over Burlington,
BFA-St. Albans and Colchester
to start the year.
With the wins have come the
crowds for the Redhawks, who are
enjoying the notoriety.
“We had our first home game last
week, and our side of the stands
was full of students, faculty and
staff,” Booth said. “Having a crowd
at our games is something that our
athletes and partners really enjoy. It
just elevates their sense of belonging
and pride.”
But CVU isn’t content. The
Redhawks are striving for improvement
as the season progresses, and
another title run.
“Several of our players this year
have been playing with us for all
three seasons, and you can really
see the improvement in their basketball
skills and their ability to
understand the game,” Booth said.
“It’s been fun to watch.
“Honestly, our primary goal is
to have a good time and enjoy the
season together,” he added. “We
have a really great group of kids.”
The unified sports basketball
program in Vermont finished with
12 teams last year and started this
year with 16 as a partnership between
the Special Olympics and
Vermont Principals Association
has helped the sport grow. The VPA
added bocce and bowling to the
unified sports program this year.

Library Notes

The Dorothy Alling Memorial
Library is located at 21 Library
Lane in Williston, and can be
reached at 878-4918.
For Youth
w Movie: April 10, 2 p.m. A
peace-loving bull, mistaken for a
dangerous beast, must find a way
to return to his family. Rated PG,
108 minutes.
w Drop-In Craft: April 17, 2-3 p.m.
All ages
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Includes
a simple craft activity. April 10:
Get Messy! April 17: Plant a Seed.
All ages.
Monday, April 9, 6 p.m. Bring
kids in PJs for stories in French
and English with Delphine Quenet.
Non-French speakers welcome.
Snacks provided.
Thursday, April 12, 4-5 p.m.
Teen Advisory Group, grades
7-12. Pizza, discussion and library
projects for teens.
Monday, April 16, 1-3 p.m. Explore
the world of birds through
literature, art, interactive games
and writing. Presented by Kirsten
Littlefield, elementary educator.
Ages 6 and up. Pre-register at
Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. Live
falcons, hawks and owls, touchable
artifacts and hands-on materials
presented by Vermont Institute
of Natural Science. Sponsored by
Friends of the Library.
For All Ages
Thursdays, April 5 and 19, 3:30-
4:30 p.m. Bring a book and read to
one of our registered Therapy Dogs
of Vermont. All ages. Pre-register.
Saturday, April 7, 3-5 p.m. “Everything
I Learned About Interactivity
I Learned in Theater School,”
featuring Tom Igoe, NYU arts
professor and co-founder of the Arduino
open source microcontroller
environment. Location: Burlington
Generator Makerspace, 40 Sears
Lane, Burlington. Co-sponsored by
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library
and UVM VASE HOST Grant.
Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-6:30
p.m. Ken Bernard of Vermont
Tech focuses on how to manage
Facebook photos. Bring your own
device if you would like. All ages.
Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
A club for anyone interested in
photography. Improve and share
your skills, explore both basic and
advanced techniques, and practice.
Learn more at instagram.com/byron_batres/.
Grade 9 and up.
Programs for Adults
Wednesday, April 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
Learn how to play, revisit the game
or just enjoy Mahjongg. Come
alone or bring a friend and play
with community members. All
experience levels welcome.
Monday, April 16, 6-7 p.m. Taxes
are over, come de-stress! Release
tension and gain strength
and flexibility with a blend of
mindful breathing, body alignment
and awareness. Blocks and straps
available. Practice adapted for all
levels. Donations received support
flood recovery at Dorothy Alling
Memorial Library.
Tuesday, April 17, 12:30-1:30
p.m. Meet others who love to
discuss books. This month’s discussion
will be on “Rabbit, Run”
by John Updike. Books available
at the front desk. Beverages and
dessert provided.
Wednesday, April 18, 10:30
a.m.-12 p.m. Gather with others
interested in informal discussion
on current newsworthy topics.
Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. Kyle
Obenaur, historic preservation
specialist for VTrans, and Kyle
Gauthier, VTrans archaeologist,
present “The Men Who Move
Mountains: The Building of The
Interstate Through Williston,” including
pictures and narrative of
this great change to the landscape.
Friday, April 20, 4-6 p.m. Stop
by anytime during tech hours
for one-on-one technology help
from a teen. Guarantee a time by
making a 30-minute appointment
at 878-4918.
Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m.-
12:45 p.m. Hey foodies, join the
library’s new monthly cooking
program. A selected cookbook
remains in the library for you to
photocopy a recipe of choice. Prepare
the dish and bring the recipe to
the next month’s potluck meeting.
This month: “Moosewood Restaurant
New Classics” by Moosewood

Letters to the Editor

Proud of gun
safety progress

We are honored to represent
Williston in Montpelier. Further,
we are proud to have voted for
our recently passed gun safety
Thank you all for your notes,
both for and against, changing
Vermont’s gun safety laws. Your
letters and calls were always constructive
and always civil. This
remains a heartfelt and closely-held
issue for all of us.
Both the House and Senate
reached consensus March 30 on
numerous provisions affecting
Vermonters’ safety around the
purchase and ability to possess
firearms and their accessories.
Of significant note, police will
soon be able to remove firearms
from scenes of domestic abuse
and situations of other exigent
circumstances where the firearm is
deemed potentially harmful to the
possessor or to others. The court
must rule on these outcomes to
protect the rights of all concerned.
Additionally, in the Capital Bill,
we created a study to determine
how the state’s schools could become
safer and allocated $4 million
statewide to schools to effect recommended
construction changes
on a 1-to-1 cost match. There is an
additional $1 million Homeland
Security grant for a statewide
We urge you to read the “as
passed” version of S.55 and the
current versions of H.422 and S.211.
The Governor has agreed to sign
the final versions of these bills.
Rep. Terry Macaig and
Rep. Jim McCullough

Guest Column: What’s happening at our state colleges and why

By J. Churchill Hindes

The higher education business
is not for the faint of heart. Colleges
and universities around the
nation are challenged as never
before by declining numbers of
high school graduates, rising costs
and declining support from state
The Vermont State College System
(VSCS) is not immune to the
pressures facing higher education.
Each institution in our system has
responded in ways appropriate to
their circumstances.
In recent years, Vermont Technical
College has restructured
its operations and budget to deal
with significant losses, and it is
now well down the path to a strong,
sustainable future. In 2016, the
VSCS Board of Trustees approved
the unification of Johnson State
College and Lyndon State College
to become Northern Vermont
University, a move that is already
achieving demonstrable savings
and expanding opportunities for
students and faculty. The Community
College of Vermont has
maintained statewide access to
post-secondary education through
prudent fiscal management.
Currently, Castleton University
is tackling its own restructuring
to address a $1.5 million budget
gap brought on by lower than
expected enrollment this past fall.
While this deficit represents just
3 percent of Castleton’s overall
operating budget, if the university
does not respond with immediate
and thoughtful action, it will be
substantially worse in subsequent
In these circumstances, the future
will favor universities and
colleges with clear-headed leaders
willing to act boldly and strategically.
Institutions that continue to
pin their hopes on maintaining or
regaining the status quo will be
more likely to flounder. Last fall,
the VSCS board wholeheartedly
endorsed the recommendation of
the Castleton University presidential
search committee to appoint Dr.
Karen M. Scolforo because she has
demonstrated that bold, strategic
leadership. Knowing that difficult
decisions would need to be made,
our confirmation was fully in the
context of assuring the long-term
stability of Castleton University.
Simply said, there is not enough
money to continue every offering
and position in place today. Some
courses, programs and people
will be missed. No matter how
necessary, choices made by leaders
during these times are very
difficult. Collegial relationships
are inevitably strained. Across
our region, several commercial
businesses have experienced these
realities and have seen similar
angst and disruption.
I remember three years ago when
the board of trustees approved the
new name, “Castleton University.”
It was an exciting moment
for Castleton, for the VSCS and
for those who had led important
progress at the school. I thought
of the sidewalk in front of the Calvin
Coolidge Library with steps
featuring the different names the
university has had — since 1787!
Those steps tell the history of a university
that has adapted to its times
to remain strong and relevant and
of one that has always remained
true to its mission.
The board and leadership of the
Vermont State Colleges System
are working hard together to share
more services to reduce expenses,
to open new collaborations, to do
all we can to assure that our institutions
have a bright future.
We remain committed to our
core mission: to provide broad
access to high-quality, affordable
post-secondary education across
the state, as only we do.
As long as we hold students and
their wellbeing at the center of
our deliberations, our decisions —
tough though they are — will yield
the right results.
J. Churchill Hindes is chair of
the Vermont State College System
Board of Trustees.

ABS teacher honored for ‘distinguished service’

Allen Brook School physical educator
Lyn Porter recently received
a Margie R. Hanson award from
the Society of Health and Physical
Educators for distinguished service
in elementary physical education.
Porter has taught Williston students
for 27 years and currently
teaches physical education to
preschool, first-grade and second-grade
students. In addition to
her teaching, she coaches soccer at
Williston Central School, umpires
softball games and offers an early
morning run club at Allen Brook
She also helps coordinate the
Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for
the American Heart Association,
set for this Friday at ABS.
The distinguished service award
is named after Hanson, who was
recognized internationally for her
leadership in children’s physical
education and dance. The award is
given to leading physical educators
who make nationally significant
educational contributions in physical
education for young children.
Porter currently serves as the
Eastern District president of the
Society of Health and Physical
Rotary seeks
youth leaders
The Williston/Richmond Rotary
Club is seeking high school students
to apply for this summer’s
Rotary Youth Leadership Challenge
Conference. The conference
brings together young people from
Vermont, New Hampshire and
Quebec to learn to be more effective
and self-confident leaders in
their schools, teams, communities
and other facets of everyday life.
The conference is scheduled for
June 22-24 at Lyndon State College
in Lyndonville. For more information,
visit rotary7850.org or email
club president Matt Villemaire at
Richmond creates
new town forest
The Town of Richmond finalized
acquisition of a 428-acre forest
along Route 2 about a mile from
Richmond center last week to be
conserved with the Vermont Land
Trust as a town forest.
The property has long been in
the Andrews family as part of Gray
Rocks Farm, which is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
The Andrews family wanted the
property to remain forested and
offer recreation to the community.
“Our father and my three sisters
and I grew up on this farm. It is
land we love and cherish. Conserving
this beautiful property as
a town forest for future generations
to enjoy will be a fitting legacy of

our parents, Everett and Mary Jo
Andrews,” Amy Wagner said in
a press release distributed by the
Vermont Land Trust.
Community members last year
voted to purchase the land and
have since been creating a land
management plan.
The land is part of a connection
from Camel’s Hump State
Park to Mount Mansfield State
Forest. There is a snowmobile
trail and opportunities for hiking,
cross-country skiing, mountain
biking, hunting and bird-watching.
Three streams flow through the
forest to the Winooski River. The
land is also home to vernal pools,
wetlands, and a dry oak forest.
“Richmond’s new town forest offers
us a great place for year-round
activities in nature for people of
all ages and interests,” said Guy
Roberts, chair of the Town Forest
Steering Committee.
The project included several
funding sources, including the
federal Community Forest Program,
the Vermont Housing and
Conservation Board, the Open
Space Institute, the Conservation
Alliance and the Richmond Conservation
Community members also contributed
toward a town forest management
fund, which will help
cover an improved parking area,
trail development and signs.
Brick Church
Music Series
culminates with
bluegrass duo
The f inal Williston Br ick
Church Music Series concert of
the season is scheduled for Friday,
April 13 with an evening of
bluegrass music featuring Joe K.
Walsh and Grant Gordy.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the
show starts at 7 p.m. at the Old
Brick Church in Williston Village.
Walsh is a Boston-based mandolin
player who has played with
everyone from John Scofield to
Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris
and performed everywhere from
festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s
Ryman Auditorium. He is a
mandolin instructor at the Berklee
College of Music in Boston.
Guitarist Grant Gordy performs
in the American roots music world,
playing in the David Grisman
Quintet. Together, they offer a
take on the bluegrass tradition
that’s indebted to the past while
evolving in the present.
Opening the show will be Williston’s
own Duncan Yandell, a
fiddler who plays in the Cape Breton
style, with his father, David,
accompanying on piano. They’ll
be playing a variety of traditional
Cape Breton reels, jigs, airs and
waltzes, with one or two bluegrass
favorites thrown in.
Tickets are $15. Advance tickets
may be purchased at Williston
Town Hall or online at town.williston.vt.us/brickchurchmusic.

The evening’s beneficiary is the
Vermont Community Garden Network.
The featured visual artist is
Marty DelNevo, who will exhibit
her thread-painted art quilts, as
well as traditional style quilts.
For more information visit, town.
williston.vt.us and joekwalsh.com.

Planning and zoning director plans retirement

Williston Planning and Zoning
Director Ken Belliveau has announced
plans to retire after 10
years as the town’s lead planner.
His last day will be in August.
Belliveau submitted a letter
of resignation in March. He had
informally told Town Manager
Rick McGuire and the three other
members of the planning and
zoning staff of his intentions last
fall. Belliveau informed members
of the Planning Commission and
Development Review Board during
their regular March meetings, and
McGuire told selectboard members
during their March 20 meeting.
A resident of Waterbury, where
he is a member of the Waterbury
Planning Commission, the 65-yearold
said he plans to remain in
Vermont in retirement.
Belliveau believes the planning
and zoning office is in good shape
to handle the transition, with three
other administrators established in
their roles.
“It’s an opportunity for someone
to come in and have some things
they can rely on,” he said.
Senior Planner Matt Boulanger,
who has also been in the department
about 10 years, has expressed
interest in taking over as director,
Belliveau said.
— Jason Starr


Patricia A Nowak
Beloved Mother, Wife and
Grandmother, Patricia A. (Kiely)
Nowak, 72, of South Burlington,
died Saturday, March 31, 2018
at McClure Miller VNA Respite
House in Colchester, VT after a
long illness.
She was the wife of Robert C.
Nowak. Born in Lynn, MA, she
was the daughter of the late John
and Rose Flynn and her birth parents
Richard and Gertrude Kiely.
Pat was a graduate of Bishop Fenwick
High School, Peabody, MA
and Salem State College, Salem,
MA. She was a longtime resident
of South Burlington having moved
from Colchester in 1980.
She started her insurance career
with New York Life in 1979 and
soon thereafter, along with her husband
Bob opened Nowak & Nowak
Financial Services, an insurance
and financial consulting firm located
in Williston, VT. During the
tenure of her esteemed professional
career, when women were not yet
fully recognized for their leadership,
Pat was recognized within
the industry with multiple sales
and service awards.
Pat was a teacher at heart; having
founded Stepping Stones Kindergarten
located in Colchester, VT,
and enjoyed sharing her industry
knowledge with others. She and
her husband Bob had a long history
with the St. Michael’s College
Internship Program having offered
internships to over 80 students
over the past 20 years. As a result of the internship program at St.
Michael’s, she and her husband
became huge hockey fans and were
ardent supporters of the team. You
could often find her in the stands,
at home and away games, cheering
on the Purple Knights.
Pat was a tireless worker for
the State. She was appointed by
Governor Douglas to the State of
VT Natural Resources Board and
served from 2003-2007. And for
many years, ran the Vermont Job
Expo in an effort to bring business
and individuals together in the job
market. Her commitment to her
home of South Burlington was no
less steadfast having served on
the Board of Civil Authority, the
Airport Commission, Pension Review
Board and was also a sitting
member of the City Council. She
dedicated herself to improving
the city of South Burlington by
supporting the work of the Fire
Department, Police Department,
the Department of Public Works
and the Air National Guard. Always
one to take on the task that
couldn’t be done, she constantly
sought to improve the relationships
between the city, the airport and
the Air National Guard.
She gave of herself generously
to many causes and initiatives, but
none were more important than her
family. Her beliefs in her children
were strong. She believed they
were the brightest, most talented
people on earth and that they had
the ability to knock the top off
any project they started. She was
the wind beneath their wings and
helped them soar to heights they
never imagined. She gave them
flight and in return they showed
her they could fly solo…but loved
her lavish praise.
To her grandchildren she was
their MUM, someone who was
never too old to play games, laser
tag or ride most rides at Disney
World. Disney was her place. Every
other November the family would
gather to share happy times together
in Orlando. Pat loved that place
and their times together so much.
She is survived by her husband
Robert C. Nowak, her sons Robert
F. McCarthy and his wife Liz of
Ridgewood NJ, Richard T. Nowak
of South Burlington VT, Peter A.
Nowak of Walpole, MA and her
two daughters Christine E. Winters
and her husband Peter of Marion,
MA and Alison K. Cossette and
her husband Trygve of Williston,
VT. She is also survived by her
sister Anne Michalski of Danvers,
MA and her brother John P. Flynn
II of South Portland ME and her
thirteen grandchildren; Emily
and Dan McCarthy, Thomas and
Julia Winters, Thor and Lachlan
Cossette, Alexander, Alyssa and
Katrina Nowak and Katie, Brian,
Molly and Erin Nowak.
Her funeral service will be held
on Thursday, April 5, at 10 a.m. at
St. Francis Xavier Church, 3 St.
Peter Street, Winooski, VT. Interment
will follow at Resurrection
Park Cemetery South Burlington,
VT. To send online condolences
to her family please visit readyfuneral.com
The family would like to thank
the Visiting Nurses Association
of Vermont and all at the McClure
Miller Respite House in Colchester
for their compassionate care of Pat
in her final days.

CVU students join Spectrum Sleep-out

Students plan to sleep outside school in solidarity with homeless youth
By Jason Starr
Observer staff

In a show of awareness and support for homeless families in the greater Burlington area, a group
of Champlain Valley Union High
School students plan to spend this
Thursday night sleeping on grass
outside the school.
On Friday, members of Williston’s
Boy Scout Troop 692 plan a
similar sleep-out by the gazebo on
the Williston village green.
The events are extensions of the
seventh-annual Spectrum Youth
and Family Services Sleep-out,
which kicked off last Thursday
when non-profit and business
leaders from around Chittenden
County slept on the First Unitarian
Universalist Society Church lawn
on Church Street in Burlington.
About 20 of the area’s school and
youth groups organize similar
sleep-outs over a two-week span
after the Church Street event to
support Spectrum’s efforts to help
struggling families.
About 300 participants raised a
total of $365,000 for the non-profit
last year, Spectrum Spokeswoman
Sarah Woodard said. This is the
first year a group from CVU will
“We have been trying to get CVU
involved for a while,” Woodard
said. “We are really thrilled they
will be participating this year.”
CVU sophomore Mia Brumsted
led recruitment of CVU students
after talking with Spectrum Executive
Director Mark Redmond
earlier this school year. Brumsted
said she expects between 20 and
30 participants.
“I want to raise awareness that
our lives are pretty good, but there
are a lot of people who have it very
different than we do,” she said.
“Everyone who has signed up cares
about the cause and about supporting
the community. That will
contribute to a very positive event.
I expect it to be very uplifting.”
Students plan to gather with
sleeping bags and layered clothing
about 8 p.m. and pack up at 8 a.m.
Friday. They plan to sleep in the
gym if there is inclement weather.
At last Thursday’s sleep-out
in Burlington, employees from
Dealer.com, Seventh Generation,
National Life Group, Key Bank,
People’s United Bank and VSECU,
among other businesses, participated.
Visit spectrumvt.org for more

Farmers’ market sprouting at Kismet Place

By Jason Starr
Observer staff

Williston’s nomadic farmers’ market, on hiatus for the past two seasons, has a new champion in Sharon Gutwin.  The RehabGYM and Kismet Place owner has organized a group  of volunteers to help launch a farmers’ market this summer to be located outside the Kismet building
— home to a mix of wellness-oriented businesses that opened last summer on Blair Park Road.

A committee of five met Tuesday  on the second floor of the building, overlooking the parking lot where Gutwin envisions about 12 growers and artisans setting up each Sunday afternoon from June through September.

Gutwin said she has already received encouraging interest from several local vendors and plans a concerted outreach in the coming weeks to solidify vendor commitments.

Rebecca Bergeron of Williston’sside New England Federal Credit Union on Harvest Lane. Catamount Outdoor Family Center picked up the cause for one season in 2015. Bergeron said attracting big enough crowds to make it worthwhile for vendors and retaining strong market management are the keys to a successful farmers’ market.

Scratch ‘n Earth Farm attended Tuesday’s meeting to learn about Gutwin’s plans and offer a perspective on previous incarnations of Williston’s farmers’ market, where she was a vendor.

Launched in 2007, Williston’s farmers’ market originally took place on the village green. Five years later, it was moved to a more trafficked location on the lawn outside.

“We’ve been through this as vendors from Williston. It was way more complicated than just goingand setting up your stuff … There are some politics to it that come up eventually.

It takes someone solid to manage it.” Stephanie Teeter, a new Williston resident who lives within walking distance of where the market is planned, agreed to help organize vendors. Pam Kozikowski and Nichole Malon, who both frequented previous Williston farmers’ markets, also offered to help launch this summer’s version.

“I want it to be what our farmers and artists need,” Gutwin said. “If we keep the vendors happy, then the people will be happy to be there.”

Gutwin is confident that if vendors are secured, she can use marketing channels she has already established through Kismet Place and RehabGYM to attract customers.

“Our sign will be on one of the busiest roads in Chittenden County,” she said, referring to Route 2A, which skirts the backside of the building.

“I think it’s an exciting location for a farmers’ market.”

Burlington City Council calls for cancellation of F-35s

Observer file photo
The Air Force’s F-35 plane is scheduled for basing at Burlington International Airport.

By Kelsey Neubauer

For VTDigger

The Burlington City Council voted 9-3 Monday in support of a resolution requesting the cancellation of a planned F-35 fighter jet basing at the Burlington International Airport in favor of an aircraft that is quieter and has a proven safety record.

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