January 21, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Driven by greed

I read Rob Roper’s editorial in the Dec. 14 edition concerning his opposition to a $15 minimum wage with a mixture of disbelief and anger.

Apparently, the interests of businesses supersede the financial needs of those in the work force. I guess it is better to keep people in grinding poverty so that businesses can continue to grow. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Clean power for clean water

By Julie Moore

There’s been a lot of conversation lately around how to fund long-term clean water efforts in Vermont. Having personally worked on waterway clean-up in Vermont for 15 years, I am deeply aware of the long-term nature of the challenges we’re facing. We are a small state with a big task ahead of us, and while this work is not insurmountable, finding solutions that have broad-based support won’t always be easy. There is one piece of this puzzle that just makes sense: TDI’s New England Clean Power Link project.

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Commission recommends statewide negotiations for teacher health insurance

House Minority Leader Don Turner, R-Milton, and Rep. Kurt Wright, R-Burlington, speak about teacher health care. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

By Tiffany Danitz Pache

For VTDigger

A state commission issued a report Monday that blames a 10 percent teacher health care rate increase and an expected hike in taxes in 2019 on local bargaining. [Read more…]

900 reasons we love Williston

Observer photo by Marianne Apfelbaum

The Williston Observer’s third-annual Socks for Seniors holiday sock drive collected 900 pairs of socks to be donated to residents of area nursing homes during the holidays. “We are just blown away by the generosity of the people and businesses in our community,” said Marianne Apfelbaum, co-publisher of the Observer. “Our goal was 175 pairs, and we blew that number out of the water!” Cub Scouts, Roadrunners (RIGHT), TLC Nursing & Homecare, Kinney Pike Insurance and KinderStart Preschool (ABOVE) were among the businesses and organizations that participated. The Observer also thanks all the individuals and families who stopped by the office with hand-knit and store-bought socks. “These donations will bring true joy to local nursing home residents, many of whom do not get visitors or gifts during the holidays,” Apfelbaum said. “We can’t wait to deliver them this week!”

Oh, Tannenbaum

Success! Johanna Arnott (left) and Mom, Jennifer, find the perfect tree at Adams’ Farm Maket on Sunday while Dad is home watching football.

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Unprecedented opposition delays Iroquois herbicide treatment

Association presses forward with application for 2018

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Lake Iroquois Association will continue to press for lake-wide treatment of non-native milfoil overgrowth with an herbicide called sonar in 2018, despite strong opposition from some lake community members. [Read more…]

Board stunts brewery’s growth

Observer photo by Jason Starr
Patrons enjoy the tasting room at Burlington Beer Company in Williston on Tuesday evening.

Owner: ‘We can’t turn people away’

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

A faulty Williston zoning regulation has become an obstacle to the growth of one of Williston’s micro-breweries. [Read more…]

Recognizing and treating depression in retirement

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Since retiring a few years ago, my husband has become increasingly irritable and apathetic. I’m concerned that he’s depressed, even though he may not admit it. Where can we turn to get help with this, and what, if anything, does Medicare pay for? [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Cristina Clarimon-Alinder

Molten Chocolate Mug Cake

This is the cutest version of a decadent chocolate brownie you will ever find. In addition, it indulges those who cannot tolerate gluten when they are craving a proper dessert during the holidays. After all, nobody should feel deprived while everyone else is partaking of special desserts, and this humble mug cake never disappoints. [Read more…]

Folklife focuses on new Americans for storytelling project

The Vermont Folklife Center of Middlebury is launching a digital storytelling initiative focused on young New Americans entitled “New American Voices.” [Read more…]