January 20, 2017

Contests, scholarships, grants 

Green Up poster contest

It’s time! This month marks the annual K-12 poster and writing contest for Green Up Vermont submission period. All entries must be in by Jan. 31. One poster is picked to be the official Green Up Day 2017 poster, promoting Green Up Day, the state’s tradition of cleaning up trash in parks and roadsides on the first Saturday in May.

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Sanders’ college plans picked up by New York State

Photo courtesy of New York governor’s office Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gestures during an appearance with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at LaGuardia Community College in the Queens borough of New York on Tuesday morning.

Photo courtesy of New York governor’s office
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gestures during an appearance with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at LaGuardia Community College in the Queens borough of New York on Tuesday morning.

By Jasper Craven

For Vermont Digger

On the invitation of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., visited LaGuardia Community College in Queens Tuesday to help unveil the governor’s free public college education program, which closely mirrors what Sanders pitched during his presidential run. [Read more…]

Watching Williston like a hawk

A Red-tailed Hawk, fluffed up against the winter cold,  looks for dinner along North Williston Road.

Observer photo by Al Frey
A Red-tailed Hawk, fluffed up against the winter cold, looks for dinner along North Williston Road.

Recreation and Parks

Youth Programs

Young Rembrandt Drawing

The Young Rembrandt drawing classes are an educational program perfect for your imaginative child. Lessons will focus on developing drawing skills and artistic concepts such as color theory, perspective, and lighting. Students at Allen Brook School will focus on developing basic drawing skills and concepts. Students at Williston Central School will focus on more advanced artistic concepts, color theory and drawing techniques. Instructors: Young Rembrandt staff. Grades K-2, Tuesdays, Jan. 24-Mar. 17, 1:45-3 p.m. Grades 3-6, Tuesdays, Jan. 24-Mar. 7, 2-3:15 p.m. $78.

Youth/Teen Open Gym [Read more…]

Boy Scouts Christmas Tree collection

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The Boy Scouts of Troop 692 collected Christmas trees for donations, which will help support their ongoing work. In 2016, the troop placed American flags on the graves of veterans on Veteran’s Day at local cemeteries, helped the town with the Fourth of July, volunteered on farm projects with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and used brute strength to help relocate the Williston Food Shelf.

Money raised from the Jan. 6 tree collection in Williston will help the troop purchase tents, stoves and other gear so that their 35 boys can go out and camp in every season and virtually every month of the year.  Some will be earmarked for summer camp and high adventure trips like a two-week wilderness canoe trip they did last summer or the sailing trip off the Keys in Florida planned in July.

Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Williston

On Jan. 6, your local Boy Scout troop picked up over 250 Christmas trees as a service and fundraiser. The trees are being recycled and used for fuel and/or composting based on the needs of CSWD. The $2,750 raised will help fund efforts throughout the year. Last year, Williston Boy Scouts participated in countless efforts supporting our town, including helping with the Fourth of July and relocating the food shelf. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Do we value public higher education for Vermonters anymore or not?

By Jeb Spaulding and
Martha O’Connor

Governor-elect Phil Scott and the new Legislature have a lot on their plate in the new year. There is one big decision to make that can’t be put off. Will they choose to provide the funding necessary to place the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) on a sustainable path or not? If the VSCS Board of Trustees or Chancellor could decide, we would say yes and here is why:

The VSCS (Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, and Vermont Technical College) is the de facto extension of Vermont’s K-12 public school system into the college years. Our student body comprises over 80 percent of Vermonters — no other Vermont college or university comes anywhere close to the number of Vermont students we educate. In fact, we enroll more Vermonters than all the other colleges and universities in this state combined. And, like our K-12 partners, we proudly serve a much wider range of students, from valedictorians to those who have struggled in school and, often, in life. [Read more…]

State pushes to reduce pipeline’s effect on gas rates

VtGasPipeline05By Mike Polhamus

For Vermont Digger

State regulators have secured important concessions from Vermont Gas Systems in rate negotiations now underway and say they will continue to seek a $35 million reduction in permissible costs for the company’s nearly finished $165 million natural gas pipeline. [Read more…]

— 2017 Legislative preview — Medicaid, mental health and Vermont Health Connect

File photo by Morgan True/ VTDigger Al Gobeille

File photo by Morgan True/ VTDigger
Al Gobeille

By Erin Mansfield

For VT Digger

When lawmakers began the legislative session Wednesday, they were dealing with many of the perennial issues that stem from the ever-rising cost of health care. [Read more…]

Town closes in on a 3.8 percent increase in municipal budget

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

The Williston Selectboard is reviewing its fiscal year 2018 operating budget, in preparation for Town Meeting in March. The fiscal year 2018 operating budget recommended thus far is $10,616,461 — which would mean a 3.8 increase over the current fiscal year. [Read more…]