October 21, 2014

New York, New York next for CVU cross country

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Redhawk Carly Neeld finished 12th in the Woods Trail Run at Thetford Academy.

Redhawk Carly Neeld finished 12th in the Woods Trail Run at Thetford Academy.

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After placing third (girls) and fifth (boys) in the regionally important Thetford Invitational (Woods Trail Run) last Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union cross country teams will divide for two events this weekend. [Read more...]

Bennington next for playoff hopeful gridders

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Quarterback Andrew Bortnick tries to power through a South Burlington tackle during Friday’s game, which the Redhawks ultimately won 35-14. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Quarterback Andrew Bortnick tries to power through a South Burlington tackle during Friday’s game, which the Redhawks ultimately won 35-14. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

A solid second-half performance and victory Saturday in the final scheduled home game of the season, has given the 2-4 Champlain Valley Union High football team fresh hope for making the eight-team Division 1 playoffs.
Deadlocked 14-14 with visiting South Burlington High on a damp afternoon, the Redhawks unleashed a rumbling, ball controlling, ground pounding, bruising offense in the second half to capture a 35-14 win over the 1-5 Rebels. [Read more...]

Field hockey action Friday

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The term “road warriors” does describe the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team this week.
The 7-2-1 Redhawks, in the middle of a four-game string of playing on foreign fields, went to Colchester High Wednesday (Observer press time). They will roll over the asphalt Friday to South Burlington High and a 7 p.m. test on the Rebel’s artificial turf. [Read more...]

Visit to Essex High Saturday for CVU soccer girls

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Michaela Flore boots the ball during last week’s game against North Country. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Michaela Flore boots the ball during last week’s game against North Country. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With the regular season winding down, the 10-0 defending champion Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team protected the home grass against Colchester High Wednesday (Observer press time).
Coach Stan Williams’ Redhawks will be in at Essex High Saturday afternoon at 2 for their second meeting of the year with the Hornets, a unit CVU popped 3-0 earlier at Hinesburg. [Read more...]

After sinking Lakers, soccer boys eye Essex

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 CVU’s Elliott Mitchell takes on a North Country opponent during Friday’s game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU’s Elliott Mitchell takes on a North Country opponent during Friday’s game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
With swift front man Max Brown doing the scoring, the Champlain Valley Union High boys’ soccer team zipped past the defending Division 1 champion Colchester High at the Hinesburg bootery Tuesday and now are looking ahead to Friday afternoon’s trip to rival Essex High (4 p.m.). [Read more...]

Locals to display work in quilt show

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Observer staff report
Three local quilters are set to display their work in the 32nd annual quilt show sponsored by Champlain Valley Quilt Guild. The show is Oct. 18-19 at the Champlain Valley Exposition and is being held in partnership with a number of fiber arts-related organizations as part of the Fiber Festival.
Marty DelNevo has worked for IBM for almost 30 years. A former Williston School Board member, she is in her second term as president of the Guild.
Angela Miller serves as the official photographer for the guild. For many years, she worked at the former Sew Many Treasures and teaches a wide variety of sewing and quilting classes at CVU.
Crystal Howard has been an active member in the guild’s charitable efforts for two and a half years.

Dissipated Eight to open Brick Church Music Series

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Observer staff report
Middlebury a cappella group The Dissipated Eight is set to open this year’s Brick Church Music Series on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Old Brick Church in historic Williston Village.
The all-male group, formed in 1952, has released 12 albums and performs all over New England.
The doors open at 6 p.m. for an art show. This month’s featured artist is Stu Hall. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with opener Aaron Flynn, followed by the Dissipated Eight.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door for adults and $10 in advance or $12 at the door for seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available online and at town.williston.vt.us/brickchurchmusic
Season’s passes are also available for $72 for adults and $60 for seniors, which organizers say will save concert-goers money and help ensure that they have seats for sellout performances.

Obituary

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LYNDON GEORGE FORTIER
On Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, after a long illness, our father, Lyndon George Fortier, is finally at peace. Lyndon was born on Feb. 25, 1939, in Milton, the son of Adrian and Rita Robear Fortier.
Lyndon grew up in Williston. He worked for the City of Burlington Public Works and retired after 42 years. Christmas was dad’s favorite holiday, he loved to decorate inside and out and was a big kid at heart. [Read more...]

Little Details: Heaven Squared

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By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

“If Provence is heaven, than Tuscany is heaven squared,” my husband wrote in our travel journal.
My reflections, penned in our shared notebook, reflect similar awe from that trip years ago: “We passed vineyards with vines heavy with luscious purple grapes. We wandered narrow cobbled streets, taking in the aromas of locals’ cooking. We sought quiet in deep, dark, cavernous churches.” We did these things with our 15-month-old toddler in tow. [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor

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Consider Dawn Ellis
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, please consider a new candidate for the Chittenden State Senate race—Dawn Ellis. Dawn is one of the Democrats running for the six seats representing our district, and she brings a fresh perspective to the legislature. She has gained experience from a wide spectrum of positions, in Vermont and nationally, having worked to guide the program development and evaluate the effectiveness of foundations and government entities. Dawn has worked over the years to bring new, less-heard voices to the table, and as a mom of twins she will bring a fresh perspective on the challenges of redesigning education and health and human services in Vermont. Her priorities are to:
support healthy communities—focusing on working families and the environment [Read more...]