April 16, 2014

Pysanky egg art demonstration

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Vermont artist Theresa Somerset will demonstrate the traditional technique of Pysanky on eggs Saturday in Williston.

Vermont artist Theresa Somerset will demonstrate the traditional technique of Pysanky on eggs Saturday in Williston.

Vermont artist Theresa Somerset will demonstrate the traditional technique of Pysanky on eggs Saturday in Williston.

Vermont artist Theresa Somerset will demonstrate the traditional technique of Pysanky on eggs Saturday in Williston.

Observer Staff Report

Vermont artist Theresa Somerset will hold a free demonstration of the traditional technique of Pysanky on eggs just in time for Easter.
The demonstration is set for April 5 from 1-3 p.m. at Artists’ Mediums in Williston.
Somerset will show and explain the steps using beeswax and dye in successive layers to form intricate patterns. Supplies are available so you can go home and make your own afterwards. Families or larger groups are welcome and no sign-up is required.
For more information, visit www.VTmakeART.com, email [email protected] or call 879-1236.

CVU boys JVs scored a socko season

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By Mal Boright

 

The future for boys’ basketball at Champlain Valley Union High has a certain sizzle when the subject comes up at the school.
“The future seems bright,” said junior varsity skipper Seth Emerson as he looked back on the recent 19-1 campaign his group produced.
Add to that an unbeaten season by coach Ben Epstein’s freshman team, which played its way to a 16-0 mark.
Emerson said the jayvee’s record is their “best in at least a decade,” and came about as a result of well-balanced, unselfish play.
Leading scorer for the little Hawks was freshman Josh Bliss, who averaged between 12 and 14 points a game from the wing, where he also could fire three-point bombs and help control the boards. Bliss spent time at the varsity level late in the season.
Vital guard play came from freshmen Reece Pawlaczyk and Colin Monsey, who, Emerson said, “had great court vision and did not turn over the ball.”
The muscle work on the glass come from Bliss, sophomore Andrew Bortnick and freshman Adam Hamilton, credited by the coach for good post moves, defensive pressure, rebounding and scoring.
Sophomore guards Jack Morris and Jeremy Fuller were key players in late game situation with Fuller drawing special praise for his “on the ball defense.”
Freshman guard Walter Storey ran well and was a good shooter. George Davis, also a freshman, had solid moments at guard and forward, while freshman Marc Hoeppner was a standout defensively, along with freshman Brock Werner, sophomore Jack Dugan, Davis and Fuller.
Emerson said the team had a rare season in many ways, one being a sweep of Metro foes Burlington High, Rice Memorial, Mount Mansfield Union and Essex High.

Kinneston Div. 1 player of the year in girls basketball

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By Mal Boright

 

Champlain Valley Union High senior Emily Kinneston has been named girls Division 1 Player of the Year by the coaches and four of her Division 1 champion teammates also earned postseason honors. [Read more...]

Longtime CVU summer soccer camp ending

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The CVU summer soccer camp, which drew young players from Williston, Hinesburg, Shelburne and Charlotte, is ending after 13 years.

The CVU summer soccer camp, which drew young players from Williston, Hinesburg, Shelburne and Charlotte, is ending after 13 years.

Observer Staff Report

After 13 years, the Champlain Valley Union Soccer School is ending its run.
The popular soccer camp ran the first full week of July each year and embraced the theme “teaching the love of the game.” It was organized and run by CVU alums along with program players and kids who attended the camp in past years.
An average of 130 campers from the towns of Williston, Hinesburg, Shelburne and Charlotte attended each year. Young players from kindergarten to ninth grade were grouped at the camp with the guarantee of learning basic soccer and life skills in having fun with others their age.
Directors Stan Williams, Troy Paradee and Brad Parker decided to end what they said has been a “very successful soccer camp” and concentrate on other summer interests.
Williams, from Shelburne, will work with the town recreational program to run a soccer camp at the Shelburne Field House. Paradee, from Bristol, will use his time towards school and town issues. Parker, retired from CVU coaching, will take some time off and consider reestablishing a camp with the Hinesburg Rec program for the summer of 2015.

CVU hockey team scores postseason honors

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Coach Mike Murray was recently named Metro coach of the year.

Coach Mike Murray was recently named Metro coach of the year.

By Mal Boright

 

The Metro champion Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team racked up six slots on the coaches’ All-Metro teams while five members of the CVU-South Burlington high cooperative team earned postseason honors. [Read more...]

Guest Column: The CCTA bus drivers: striking for all of us

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By Dr. Felicia Kornbluh
The CCTA bus drivers’ strike may well have been settled by the time this issue goes to press. But even if it has, I think it is worthwhile to explain why so many people in the area, including me, have supported the strike so fervently. [Read more...]

Academic Honors

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Bourneuf Castleton Mentor of the Week
Castleton College student Kenneth Bourneuf of Williston was recently named the Castleton College Mentor of the Week.
An education major, Bourneuf was awarded this distinction by his fellow mentors for the encouragement and support he provided to a local elementary school student during informal weekly meetings. [Read more...]

CVU academic competitors excel in state events

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Observer Staff Report

Champlain Valley Union High School scholars have performed well in various end-of-season competitions.

DEBATE TEAMS HEADED TO NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS
Four CVU students and Williston residents competed in the Vermont Debate and Forensics League state tournament last month, debating the merits of single gender classrooms.
The top 24 debate teams from around the state competed at the statehouse in Montpelier on March 10.
Williston residents Alec Collins and Abby Keim represented CVU and qualified for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament in May for Public Forum debate, along with Williston residents Owen Hudson and Kyle Gale in Forensics dramatic duo, or public speaking.
The students also competed and won their respective categories at the National Forensic League Iroquois District Tournament in Woodstock on March 14 and 15, which qualified them for the national tournament in June. [Read more...]

Survivorship NOW celebrates second year

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By Stephanie Choate

 

After two years working to inspire and empower cancer survivors, Williston-based cancer wellness center Survivorship NOW is looking to spread the word of its services to more Vermonters.
“What we’re trying to do is let every single person in Vermont know there are classes available to them to empower them to live well,” said Susie McNamara, program coordinator. [Read more...]

Vermont College of Cosmetology closes abruptly

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Vermont College of Cosmetology closes abruptly.

Vermont College of Cosmetology closes abruptly.

By Stephanie Choate

After a decade in Williston, Vermont College of Cosmetology & Advanced Hairstyling has closed its doors within a space of a day.
Students say they were all called in Tuesday morning, then told the school was closing and to clear out their belongings. Many of them were several months from graduating.
“I walked in and they were taking things off the shelves and said the school is closing,” said student Kelli Cogger, adding that at first students thought it was a bad April Fools Day joke.
Lynette Fuller, who had about five months left in the program, said there was no warning whatsoever.
“Even the teachers didn’t know,” Cogger said. [Read more...]