July 21, 2018

U.S. Luge team looks for Vermont talent

USA Luge brings its annual search for the next generation of team members and Olympians to the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex this weekend.

This “Slider Search” is an annual off-season recruitment program making its way across the country this summer. It is open to boys and girls ages 9 through 13 and provides an introduction to luge using wheeled sleds and coaching from national and Olympic team athletes. Top participants from the nationwide tour will be considered for the USA Luge Junior Development team.

The event runs Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit teamusa.org/usa-luge/slider-search for more information.

S.D. Ireland feels the heat in New York

A loss in the heat Sunday in New York capped off a 1-4 week for the S.D. Ireland Legion baseball team.

The Williston-based team lost 6-3 to the Montreal Titans in Schenectady, N.Y. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Tax-and-spend deadlock ends

By John McClaughry

The great tax-and-spend deadlock of 2018 is now over. Gov. Phil Scott, after a hectic month of thrust and counterthrust with the Democratic House and Senate, got most of what he wanted. [Read more…]

Auditor questions ag agency’s water quality spending

State Auditor Doug Hoffer, whose office released its report on water quality spending on Monday

Elizabeth Gribkoff

For VTDigger

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets needs to do a better job of ensuring that taxpayer dollars go to the most effective on-farm water quality improvement projects, according to a report released Monday by the state auditor’s office. [Read more…]

Donovan launches Elder Protection Initiative


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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces the launch of Vermont’s Elder Protection Initiative during a press conference last week in Winooski.

After a statewide listening tour that included a stop at the Williston headquarters of the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, Attorney General T.J. Donovan launched recently an “Elder Protection Initiative” (EPI) to identify and address common vulnerabilities facing older Vermonters. [Read more…]

Hour-Glass Youth Theatre presenting Shakespeare

The Hour-Glass Youth Theatre, a group of young actors and artists based in Burlington, presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston on July 23.

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CVU theatre plans summer musical

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The CVU theatre program brings a production of “The Little Mermaid” to the stage in August.

The Champlain Valley Union High School Theatre Program returns to the stage this summer with a production of “The Little Mermaid.” Rehearsals start later this month for an Aug. 10-12 run of shows. [Read more…]

Spirit shines through on steamy Fourth

Observer photo by Al Frey
Supporters of the Williston Community Food Shelf celebrated its 10th year of service as they marched in Williston’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, despite the uncharacteristically hot and humid weather. For more photos see pgs. 9-16 and visit the Observer website at willistonobserver.com.

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

It takes particular dedication to dress up in a furry, oversized costume and walk a mile in the middle of Williston Road in 90-degree heat.

Some hidden technology helps, too. [Read more…]

Iroquois homeowners return to non-chemical milfoil tactics

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Lake Iroquois’ shoreline homeowners’ quest to control invasive Eurasian Milfoil continues with suction harvesting and lake-bottom mats this summer.

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Lake Iroquois Association has returned to suctioning up invasive Eurasian milfoil out of the lake this summer using a boat and divers after state regulators said they would deny its permit to apply a chemical herbicide.

[Read more…]

Police seek Neighborhood Watch leaders

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The Williston Police Department recently placed a new Neighborhood Watch sign at Morgan Parkway. The department is seeking residents interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch in their neighborhoods.

The Williston Police Department is rekindling its effort to launch a Neighborhood Watch program. [Read more…]