April 27, 2015

PHOTOS: Photography exhibit


Observer courtesy photo by Nicole Bouffard

Champlain Valley Union High senior and Williston resident Nicole Bouffard’s photography, including the photo at left, will be on display at Penny Cluse restaurant in Burlington through April. The exhibit is part of Bouffard’s graduation challenge, focused on establishing a photography career.

‘Throughout the whole experience, I learned how to properly print, mat and frame/wire photographs and how to organize your photos in the best arrangement on the wall,’ Bouffard said. ‘It was a great and fun experience that will better prepare me for future exhibits I hope to hold.’

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PHOTOS: ‘Grease’ is the word at WCS




Observer courtesy photos by Gino Johnson


Williston Central School students danced and sang their way through their spring musical, ‘Grease,’ last weekend. Eighty-five students were part of the cast and crew.

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PHOTOS: Sugaring season


Observer photos by Al Frey



Mike Isham checks the syrup at his sugarhouse earlier this month. Isham said that while the amount of syrup he has gotten is a little below average, this year’s syrup has been lighter grades than usual, possibly because the frost is so deep after a cold winter. ‘It’s been short but very sweet,’ he said. ‘The sugar content has been high and has remained high all season.’ The sap is still trickling and Isham was boiling this week.

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POPCORN: “Furious 7” Makes Six Too Many



“Furious 7”

Makes Six Too Many

2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


Trying to figure out the renegade ethos that Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and his “team” are trying to exemplify in the frenetically action-packed “Furious 7” leaves me at a loss. Still, I’m going to have a go at it anyway… but not for diehard fans of this hot-rodding franchise that has skidded miserably off course. [Read more...]



Laurence M. Carnahan

Laurence Carnahan

Laurence Carnahan

Laurence M. Carnahan, 65, of Williston, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

He was born in Pasadena, California on Feb. 9, 1950, the son of Robert Gudgell Thomas and Ansley Newman, later to become the adopted son of David Kelly Carnahan. He grew up in New Mexico and New York City. He came to Vermont to stay in 1970, living in Bakersfield, Berkshire and Williston. He received his BA and Master’s Degree from Johnson State College. Laurence was throughout his life a sportsman, outdoorsman and voyager. He loved to ski. Skiers everywhere will continue to enjoy “Buckdog’s” legacy of challenging and much loved gladed trails at Jay Peak (think Buck’s woods, Buckaroo Banzai, Timbucktoo) that Laurence designed and blazed. For a couple of decades he [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Maple any season of the year


By Ginger Isham

After Easter there was a block of Brie Cheese left over and it reminded me that if I just baked it with maple syrup, my family just might eat it willingly.

Brie with Maple Syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, medium to dark

2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

1/4 cup sliced almonds

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Social security offers lump sums payouts to retirees


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that Social Security offers a lump-sum payment to retirees who need some extra cash. I have not yet started drawing my benefits and would like to investigate this option. What can you tell me?

Almost Retired

Dear Almost,

There are actually two different kinds of Social Security claiming strategies that can provide retirees a big lump-sum benefit, but you need to be past full retirement age to be eligible and there are financial drawbacks you need to be aware of, too. [Read more...]

Hub Happenings


Sears completes pilot project, remodel

Sears Hometown Store in Williston has just been part of a pilot program that Sears is testing in 50 of its 1,100 stores that are located across the country.

“Sears Hometown stores are changing the way they do business,” said Mark Austin, who took over the Williston Sears in the fall of 2013.

 The program, called Project 46, involved a remodel and makeover of the store, focusing on appliances. The Williston Sears changed the layout of its floors and has shifted its computer system to interactive touchscreens.

The store will host a grand reopening on April 23-25 with doors prizes, raffles and grilled food. The food is free or by donation and the proceeds will go to a local nonprofit. [Read more...]

Hub Happenings: Pizza Hut now open in Maple Tree Place

Pizza Hut interior

Observer photos by Stephanie Choate Pizza Hut team member Budd Getch prepared for the lunch rush on Monday morning.

Pizza Hut outside

Pizza Hut opened at 166 Sycamore Street, Suite 200, in Maple Tree Place last week.

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Williston is the Vermont testing ground of a new concept from a familiar chain.

Pizza Hut opened a new restaurant in Maple Tree Place last week, its ninth eatery in Vermont and third in the Burlington area. But instead of the stylized red roof, residents will see something new—a slice bar.

“It’s a new concept for Pizza Hut and the first in Vermont,” said Paul Hansen, marketing director for Capital Pizza Hut. “We’re excited to see how it goes for us there.”

The slices start at $2.49 for cheese and go up from there. Hansen described the slices, which come from 18-inches pizzas, as “mega slices.”

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Maine trip next for CVU’s boys lacrosse team


After opening the season with three games in five days, the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team had a two-day break following Wednesday’s (Observer press time) scheduled home opener against South Burlington High.

The defending Division 1 champion Redhawks are on to Maine Saturday for a session against Cape Elizabeth High. They will then have vacation week off until the following Saturday when they go to Mount Mansfield Union.

The season thus far has been two overtime contests and two narrow losses prior to the South Burlington match.

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