October 2, 2014

Free admission, with a suggested donation to benefit Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity

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There is not enough affordable housing for low-income working Vermont families in our community. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity builds decent, simple and energy-efficient homes and sells them at cost to low-income families who have been living in substandard rental housing. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is able to keep the cost of the homes as low as possible by depending on volunteers to help build the houses, to work with our staff of three and to help at our Habitat ReStore.

There is not enough affordable housing for low-income working Vermont families in our community. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity builds decent, simple and energy-efficient homes and sells them at cost to low-income families who have been living in substandard rental housing. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is able to keep the cost of the homes as low as possible by depending on volunteers to help build the houses, to work with our staff of three and to help at our Habitat ReStore.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity constructs simple, decent, affordable homes and sells them at cost to  working families who are at or below 60 percent of the median household income and who live in substandard rental housing.

The Community Need

There is not enough affordable housing for low-income working Vermont families in our community. More than half of the renters in Chittenden County lack affordable housing, because there arenít enough rental properties and this results in high rent costs. This shortage of rental properties unfortunately means that some landlords donít  maintain their properties. As a result, many families live in apartments with unsafe electrical and plumbing services, mold, poor insulation and high energy bills. As rents increase, or the rental properties are sold, families often have to move.   [Read more...]

New Trends and Technology in Flooring

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Saturday, 4 p.m and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Looking to upgrade your floors but donít know where to start? Join us to learn more about the latest trends in flooring and new technologies that have homeowners excited about reinventing their floors and increasing the overall value of their homes!  [Read more...]

Make over Your Living Space with 10 Easy Feng Shui Techniques

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Saturday, 3 p.m and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Our living space is a reflection of who we are, in most cases. Our environment is a constant reminder of our life and our thinking. But sometimes we canít seem to make our space inviting or comfortable enough so that we fully enjoy it, which then makes it difficult to invite others into our space. Feng Shui techniques can help you change this. [Read more...]

Lifestyle/Design Style Workshops with HGTV’s ‘Room Crashers’ star Todd Davis

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Saturday, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m and Sunday, 11 a.m. 

Todd Davis, host of the hit show ìRoom Crashers,î will present ìLifestyle/Design Styleî workshops both Saturday and Sunday. [Read more...]

Get the most up-to-date information on products and services for your home

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In addition to a wide variety of exhibitors, HGTV star Todd Davis, host of the hit show ìRoom Crashers,î is flying in from California to present ìLifestyle/Design Styleî workshops both Saturday and Sunday. The highly energetic designer will teach visitors how to add value and beauty to their homes and how to have fun doing it! Additional workshops include ìMake Over Your Living Space with 10 Feng Shui Techniques,î and ìNew Trends and Technology in Flooring.î [Read more...]

Library Notes

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Please help the library evaluate and improve its services by taking the library survey at williston.lib.vt.us. This survey is a follow up to the library’s strategic plan survey last year. It is confidential. The survey will take about 10 minutes.

Youth News

Pajama Story Time

Monday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. Bring kids in PJs with their stuffed animal for stories, craft and bedtime snack. Make a story treasure box. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures. [Read more...]

Walk in their shoes

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By Roger Smith

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.

The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: CVU Field Hockey vs. Essex

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CVU's Lydia Maitland controls the ball during Friday's game against Essex. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU’s Lydia Maitland controls the ball during Friday’s game against Essex. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: 9/11 Ceremony

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Poor weather drove the ceremony into the fire station, and emergency calls took two vehicles and several participants out on the road, but the event continued nonetheless. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

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Free ‘Healthy Living with Diabetes’ workshop

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Fletcher Allen Health Care and Support And Services at Home (SASH) Program present a free “Healthy Living with Diabetes” workshop. Participants can learn techniques to feel better if you or a loved one has diabetes. The series of six free weekly workshops will be held Tuesdays from Oct. 7 through Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Essex Junction Senior Center. The classes are open to all, but seating is limited. For more information, email [email protected] or call 847-2278.