July 31, 2015

PHOTOS: Firefighters story time

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Williston firefighters Jared Lake and Prescott Nadeau (far right) show visitors their gear during the Read with a Firefighter hour, held Tuesday at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Lake and Nadeau, along with Lisa Steadman, read books to a gathering of children and their parents and let them climb inside a fire truck. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Growing up, the Hard Way

3 popcorns

3 popcorns

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


I hope that, per J.D. Salinger’s lifelong dictum, there is never a movie adaptation of “The Catcher in The Rye.” However, should such sacrilege come to pass, Thomas Mann, the contemporary epitome of teenaged angst and alienation in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” would be a perfect Holden Caulfield. Likeable, aggravating, touching and emotionally informing, his Greg, who during senior year of high school forms a tender bond with the title girl, wins our empathy while sharing with us his seriocomic coming of age experience. [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two: Summery Breakfast

By Ania Robertson

Calcium is the main component of bone tissue, and it is an essential mineral for binding tissues such as ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones and scar tissues. Additionally, calcium is needed for blood clotting when one bleeds due to an injury. Moreover, the muscles of the body cannot function without calcium.
It is crucial that calcium level be maintained at a constant level in the blood. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to consider the dietary sources of calcium and how to improve its absorption. [Read more…]

How to protect your eyes from macular degeneration

Dear Savvy Senior,
Is macular degeneration hereditary? My mother lost her vision from it before she died a few years ago and now, at age 65, I’m worried I may get it. What can you tell me?
Nearsighted Susan
Dear Susan,
Having a parent or sibling with macular degeneration does indeed increase your risk three to four times. But the good news is there are things you can do to protect your eyesight and a number of treatments that are available if you do happen to get it. Here’s what you should know. [Read more…]

Local students named to CVU, Rice honor rolls

The following Williston and St. George students were named to the Champlain Valley Union High fourth quarter honor roll, released earlier this month.

High Honors
Lindsey A. Albertelli; Davis S. Allen; Casey J. Ammon; Megan J. Ammon; Aliza C. Anderson; Chiara J. Antonioli; Kelsie D. Barnes; Erika I. Barth; Renee L. Benoit; Sarah E. Bergkvist; Alexandra D. Bisaccia ; Samara G. Bissonette; Erica A. Bliss ; Joshua D. Bliss; Erica M. Bouton ; Olivia V. Brissette; Max H. Brown; Julia E. Bryant; Jade A. Byrne; Natalie F. Casson; Michael E. Chirgwin; Hayley S. Clos; Lyndsey C. Clos; Alec J. Collins; Maddie I. Collins; Lily M. Cote; Julia C. [Read more…]

Despite defeats, hoop star games a blast for CVU duo

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Saturday’s Twin State Basketball Classic games at Essex High School between 2015 graduated stars turned into a double bonanza for the visiting New Hampshire girls and boys quintets.
The Granite State girls took the doubleheader opener over cold shooting Vermont, 83-37.
In the nightcap, the New Hampshire boys showed remarkable depth in rolling to a 120-78 victory.
As one-sided as the games may have been, former Champlain Valley Union High hoopsters Caitlin Grasso and Chris Reiss were totally positive about their participation in the games and last week’s practices. [Read more…]

Williston’s McCue MVP in Twin State soccer contest

His Vermont boys’ all-star team bowed 1-0 to New Hampshire Saturday, but former Champlain Valley Union High back fielder Patrick McCue took Most Valuable Player honors for his team.
The occasion was the annual Lions Twin State Soccer Cup matches at Castleton State College.
Vermont’s girls squad, coached by CVU’s Stan Williams, polished off its Granite State rivals 4-1 as Burlington High’s Maddy Feeney tallied two goals. She was the team’s MVP.
Helping out in the victory were CVU graduated seniors Mackenzie Buckman, Paige DuBrul and Ellie Blake.
Joining McCue on the Vermont boys unit were attackers Max Brown and Richard Baccei, who was an alternate.
—Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The unexpected benefits of electric cars

A Cadillac ELR was one of the electric vehicles on display during Sustainable Williston’s June 15 event. (Observer courtesy photo)

A Cadillac ELR was one of the electric vehicles on display during Sustainable Williston’s June 15 event. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Luc Reid

On June 15, electric vehicle (EV) owners came together at Williston’s library and Old Brick Church to show EVs, share information and answer questions. As part of Sustainable Williston, I helped organize the event and although I’d already learned a lot about electric cars, one thing took me by surprise: how enormously the EV owners I met enjoyed driving them. [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. You can find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.
Bookmobile Schedule Through Aug. 27
The bookmobile is in a UHaul van for the summer. Listen for the horn!
Tuesday: Wildflower Circle, 5 p.m.; South Ridge Pool 5:20 p.m.; Pinecrest Village 5:40 p.m.; St. George Villa 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday: Brennan Woods Pool 5 p.m.; Hanon Drive 5:15 p.m.; Casey Lane 5:25 p.m.; Indian Ridge Pool 5:45 p.m.; Finney Crossing 6 p.m.; Chelsea Commons 6:15 p.m.; Maple Tree Place 6:45 p.m.
Thursday: Pleasant Acres 5 p.m.; Golf Links 5:20 p.m.; Lefebvre Lane 5:45 p.m.; Oak Knoll 6:15 p.m.; Porterwood 6:45 p.m. [Read more…]

Public bus service in Williston

By Chapin Kaynor
Do you ride the bus? Taking the bus is easy, saves money, reduces your carbon footprint, reduces road congestion, reduces stress as you commute and connects you with others in your community from all walks of life. These are some of the reasons I and so many other Williston residents ride CCTA buses. [Read more…]