July 22, 2014

Renewables can put the brakes on high gas prices

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By Bob Dinneen

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.
With prices rising so fast, there’s never been a more important time for America to invest in alternative sources of energy. The longer we’re dependent on oil, the longer we’re at the mercy of foreign political turmoil.
One of the most promising alternative energy sources is ethanol, a renewable fuel derived from common agricultural goods like corn, woodchips and grasses. Ramping up America’s ethanol production would drive down demand for oil and wean this country off the volatility and sudden price swings that come along with it.
And yet, despite the profound promise of ethanol, some politicians are pushing to stamp it out. They’re lobbying to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires the use of ethanol in the national fuel supply to promote greater energy independence and a cleaner environment.
This doesn’t make any sense.
The modern energy market was borne out of the substantial industrial shifts stimulated by World War I. The resulting industrial ramp up generated planes, submarines and tanks that all relied on the internal combustion engine. Even after the conflict ceased, the widespread commercial thirst for oil remained strong.
It’s grown steadily since. And America has leaned heavily on oil-rich Persian Gulf nations to feed its demand.
Oil is what’s known as a “global commodity,” meaning it costs the same price regardless of where it is produced. Hence the sad irony, that while the U.S. is domestically producing more oil than at any time in the past 28 years, oil prices have continued to rise.
However, because so much oil comes from the Middle East, it has an outsized influence on global gas prices. Producers in that region have banded together to form a cartel, allowing them to artificially restrict supply and drive up world prices at will.
What’s more, many of the top oil-producing countries in the Gulf are exceptionally unstable and conflict-prone. That turmoil also disrupts supply, leading to price increases the ripple throughout the globe.
The price of ethanol, on the other hand, isn’t set by a monopolistic cartel on the world stage. Ethanol producers are based right here in the States. They’re reliable in a way foreign producers have never been.
That’s why ethanol offers the best hope for America to finally break this dangerous dependence.
It’s estimated that since 2000, U.S. foreign oil imports have dropped by 35 percent because of increased ethanol use. In 2013, ethanol production displaced the amount of oil America imports from Iraq and Venezuela—462 million barrels of crude oil.
According to a study from Iowa State University, increased ethanol use saved the average American family $1,200 at the pump in 2011. Likewise, energy economist Philip Verleger recently concluded that the RFS has saved consumers about a $1 per gallon on average for gasoline.
Ethanol production is also a huge job creator. A typical U.S. ethanol plant produces 1 million gallons annually and supports nearly 3,000 jobs. All in, the RFS supports over 400,000 jobs in sectors ranging from farming and manufacturing.
Special interests have regularly encouraged members of Congress to jettison the Renewable Fuel Standard. Congress has wisely resisted. Now is the time to intensify our commitment to domestic renewables so more Americans can hit the road.

Bob Dinneen is the president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association.

Champlain Valley Union High School honor roll

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The following Williston and Saint George students were named to the honor roll for the fourth quarter at Champlain Valley Union High School, according to results released on Monday.
High Honors
Megan J. Ammon; Aliza C. Anderson; Kelsie D. Barnes; Kristin R. Bauer; Liam E. Beliveau; Renee L. Benoit; Sarah E. Bergkvist; Summer L. Bishop; Samara G. Bissonette; Joshua D. Bliss; Erica M. Bouton; Olivia V. Brissette; Michael E. Chirgwin; Kaitlin R. Clark; Lyndsey C. Clos; Alec J. Collins; Maddie I. Collins; Julia C. Cronan; Janina B. Cuneo; Amanda V. Daniels; Rebecca M. DeCamp; Cameron L. Drake; Brigitte N. Durieux; Hadley E. Erdman; Carmen Fisher-Olvera; Taylor H. Fontaine; Brendan P. Gannon; Sarah E. Gelin; Sophia R. Gigliotti; Gregory H. Goldman; Kyle M. Gorman; Marlee A. Gunn; Lauren P. Johnson; Kathleen M. Joseph; Jacob D. Kahn; Alexander D. Kaplan; Kaitlyn L. Kaplan; Abigail C. Keim; Joshua A. Klein; Kaelyn L. Kohlasch; Ashley M. Kolibas; Carly A. Labrie; Shana R. Leonard; Taya M. LePrevost; Olivia E. Letourneau; Ben L. Longenbach; Alexis A. Meyer; Nicholas J. Mogielnicki; Lydia R. Moreman; Sean R. Newell; Rachel E. Nigh; Christopher T. O’Brien; Lauren E. Palmer; William F. Pasley; Reece Pawlaczyk; Danielle E. Peters; Maureen V. Porter; Lindsey M. Raymond; Kelsie M. Saia; Thomas A. Samuelsen; Shea A. Savage; Emily A. Scott; Nathaniel R. Shanks; Rachel E. Slimovitch; William Solow; Alison M. Spasyk; Emma G. Spitzer; Loran T. Stearns; Katherine M. Usher; Mikayla J. Vanhooke; Zachary S. Varricchione; Anthea S. Weiss; Sean M. Yarolin

A/B Honors
Kyle W. Abrahams; Maxwell A. Akey; Hunter M. Anderson; Nicole H. Anderson; Isabelle M. Angstman; Kyla L. Antonioli; Benjamin T. Apfelbaum; Kathryn R. Asch; Nathan M. Bamberger; Erika I. Barth; Cole S. Bartlett; Jacques E. Beaulieu; Emilie M. Bernier; Jackson A. Bisaccia; Jeffrey D. Boliba; John B. Bose; Avery L. Boucher; Nicole L. Bouffard; Jacob H. Bouffard; Justin G. Boutin; Kaitlin E. Bowen; Joshua F. Bowen; Sophie L. Boyer; Max H. Brown; Riley J. Brown; Mari L. Caminiti; Jenna M. Caminiti; Casidy M. Cardinal; Jack T. Carnahan; Ben T. Carnahan; Landon F. Carpenter; Jacqueline F. Casson; Natalie F. Casson; Zuhair A. Chaudhry; Delan S. Chen; Duncan M. Clear; Arlo M. Cohen; William D. Colomb; Benjamin R. Cotton; Matthew S. Daily; David J. Daly; Julie M. Decker; Katherine M. Dempsey; Dustin R. Desany; Arika L. DesLauriers; Alyson M. Detch; Forrest M. Dodds; Amelia W. Dodds; Liam R. Drake; Jasmyn M. Druge; Evangeline S. Dunphy; Emily M. Dykes; Scott D. Edwards; Sara C. Erickson; Meghan R. Eustace; Matthew L. Fenton; Drew Fisher; Flynn L. Freeman; Lansingh W. Freeman; Caden R. Frost; Nicole M. Fuller; Megan R. Gannon; Corey A. Gaudette; Caleb M. Geffken; Laura H. Gerry; Michael J. Gilbeau; Samantha N. Gilliam; Kaleb M. Godbout; Matthew R. Goldsborough; Theodore E. Hadley; Brianna P. Hake; Hunter R. Hake; Dillon C. Hamrell; Thomas E. Hark; Peter G. Hibbeler; Julia G. Higa; Abigail E. Higginbottom; Andy Ho; Michael B. Howell; Nathaniel S. Hubbard; William J. Hubbard; David A. Huber; Laura V. Jennings; Anna L. Johnson; Alison R. Kahn; Brad L. Kennedy; Sarah F. Kinsley; Joshua G. Klein; Heidi L. Laberge; Zoey M. LaChance; Ally J. LaCroix; Emily S. LaCroix; Jenna N. LaFountain; Sydney W. Lalancette; Thomas B. Lang; Quinn M. Ledak; Jarett P. Legg; Sarah C. Leister; Corinne S. Loiseau; Shania M. Lunna; Hope E. Luria; Christopher T. Mallow; Catherine R. Mara; Patrick J. Mara; Isabella A. Margi; Cole G. Marino; Tianna L. Marsh; Ryan S. Martin; Kevin P. Masse; Katherine L. Mathon; Will J. McAllister; Kate D. McAllister; Justin D. McQuiston; Kaitlyn N. McSalis; Julian A. Mele; Brooke K. Merchant; Morganne M. Meunier; Evan R. Michaels; Maria K. Mignano; Samuel L. Mikell; Amanda A. Milne; Eleanor B. Moody; Austyn H. Morin; Jacob T. Mount; Ryan A. Mount; Hannah J. Munn; Matthew T. Murakami; Carly J. Neeld; Phillip H. Nguyen; Hannah H. Nguyen; Seamus T. Nolan; Emily M. O’Brien; Meghan E. O’Day; Benjamin P. Ogle; Mitchell A. Ogle; Matthew P. O’Hare; Collin E. Osbahr; Quinten E. Oxender; Julia L. Parent; Jacob N. Parker; Allie E. Pashby-Rockwood; Jamie L. Pashby-Rockwood; Maria M. Pasley; Hannah B. Peach; Dustin R. Peters; Emily J. Pierson; Emma A. Plociennik; Marlena C. Poirier; Madeline E. Poirier; Deagan C. Poland; Mikaela C. Rath; Michaela M. Rehak; Christopher J. Reiss; Gabriella D. Ribeiro; Stephanie L. Riley; Steven T. Robert; Kaitlin G. Robert; Hattie J. Roberts; Eva M. Rocheleau; Isabelle G. Rose; Jacob A. Russo; Mary M. Rutenbeck; Sierra N. Saia; Max J. Schermerhorn; Lillian R. Schmoker; Ryan S. Schneiderman; Samantha J. Shanks; Patrick W. Sheedy; Eric D. Shepard; Silas C. Skiff; Hayden C. Smith; Matthew R. Spear; Benjamin T. Spencer; Aleksandra R. Stamper; Lawrence A. Tarracciano; Victoria L. Thompson; Hannah Tiballi; Selena M. Tyler; Katrina R. Ulanov; Maxwell J. Varela; Jacob E. Veronneau; Johana N. Vigoreaux; Xavier D. Waterhouse; Kellie L. Weening; Aaron D. Wells; Brock L. Werner; Max E. Whitcomb; Dane L. Whitcomb; Aidan D. White; Hope E. Williams; Tyler K. Wong; Ella V. Workman; William J. Yakubik; Brandon O. Young

 

Students named to deans’ lists
The following students were named to the deans’ lists at their universities or colleges.
Calvin Benevento, McDaniel College
Christopher Forrester, Lafayette College
Kendal Kohlasch, Siena College
Christopher P. Nigh, Virginia Tech
Caelin C. Weiss, Colby College

Be tick smart

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Observer staff report

The Vermont Health Department is reminding Vermonters to be aware of ticks this time of year.
Lyme disease is transmitted from the bite of infected deer ticks. This time of year the nymphs—immature ticks, which are about the size of a poppy seed—are biting and may spread the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
Transmission can be prevented if the tick is removed within about 36 hours, but the nymphs are so small that they can go unnoticed if you aren’t looking for them carefully. A few simple steps can help prevent tick bites and the risk of getting Lyme disease. Start by avoiding areas that are good tick habitat as much as is practical. Ticks tend to be common in tall grass, areas with a lot of brush and leaf litter, and along forest edges.

REPEL
Before you go outside, remember to use insect repellant with up to 30 percent DEET and treat clothes with permethrin. When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Inspect yourself regularly when outside to catch any ticks before they bite.

INSPECT
Do daily tick checks from head to toe on yourself, children and pets. While nymphs are most commonly found on the lower legs, they may be anywhere on the body.

REMOVE
Remove ticks promptly. Use fine-tipped tweezers and firmly grasp the tick close to the skin. Avoid touching the tick with your bare hands. With a steady motion, pull straight up until all parts of the tick are removed. Do not twist or jerk the tick. Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. Once the mouthparts are removed from the rest of the tick, it can no longer transmit the Lyme disease bacteria. Showering within two hours of coming indoors can help wash ticks off the skin.
The incidence of Lyme disease continues to rise in Vermont. In 2013, there were more than 600 confirmed cases of Lyme disease reported to the Vermont Department of Health.
The first sign of Lyme disease is often an expanding red rash at the site of the tick bite. The rash usually appears seven to 14 days after the tick bite, but sometimes it takes up to 30 days to appear. Not everyone gets the rash, so be on the lookout for other symptoms of early Lyme disease, such as fatigue, headache, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and muscle and joint pain.
Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if treatment is given early.
For more information about ticks and Lyme disease visit healthvermont.gov.

Local displays photography at Taft Corners business

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Photographer Christopher Milizia stands with his photography exhibit in the Williston Starbucks. (Observer courtesy photo)

Photographer Christopher Milizia stands with his photography exhibit in the Williston Starbucks. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Images of Vermont’s natural beauty—seen through the lens of amateur photographer Christopher Milizia—are decorating the walls of Williston’s Starbucks through July.
Milizia, who has a developmental disability, took shots of mountains, sunsets, wildlife and serene spots throughout the state.
Milizia has been interested in photography since he was young, and almost always has his camera in hand, according to information he put together about the exhibit.
“I never know when I’ll come across a great picture,” Milizia wrote in the show’s description. “I travel out of Vermont, now and then. But, this is still the most beautiful place in the world.”
Family friend Nan Crowell said Milizia is a skilled photographer.
“When you view the composition of these photos, you will know this is no amateur artist,” she said. “Chris has captured, in unique moments of time, the beauty that can only be found in the place he loves, Vermont.”
Photography isn’t Milizia’s only medium. He also hosts a radio show called Optimystical Sundays on 105.9 FM/LP on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. with his friend Winston and has a black belt in karate..

Around Town

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CVU Class of 1969 reunion
The Champlain Valley Union High School Class of 1969 is holding a 45th year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 2. In addition to members of the Class of 1969, members of the class of 1968 and 1970, as well as other classes of that vintage, are invited to attend. For more information, contact Jeff Isham [email protected] or 793-3373.

Know a Vietnam vet?
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund “Faces Never Forgotten” project needs help obtaining missing photos of Vietnam veterans from New England. These photos will help complete an electronic “Wall of Faces” in the new education center at the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
View the gallery in progress at www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/
These are tributes to fallen soldiers. Project organizers ask residents to check the display for soldiers they know who may be missing a photo.
Missing from the tribute is Williston native Allen C. Rock, born Sept. 26, 1945 and killed in action Aug. 20, 1966.
To search for more soldiers, click the advanced search button to the right of the search box. Input the city, county or state, scroll to the last box and check: Does Not Have a Default Photo. Hit submit. This will show any names of soldiers from your area that are missing a photo.
Photos may be mailed to:

New England Newspaper & Press Association
“Faces Never Forgotten”
370 Common St.
Dedham, MA 02026
White Pine Needle Disease in Vermont
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation reports that white pine tree needle damage, which causes yellow needles, is widespread in the state again this spring. Although the damage is very noticeable, it is not life-threatening to healthy white pines.
Although the white pine needle damage looks serious, the trees aren’t dying, and their new shoots should grow normally. Trees will look better in early summer, once all the injured needles are shed.
Microscopic fungi have been associated with this disease, which has become noticeable throughout northern New England and eastern Canada. White pine needle damage can become a problem in the year following a wet spring, which favors development of fungi.

Stream work paying off

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Section of Muddy Brook removed from ‘impaired’ waters list
By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
After years of work, Williston waterways are getting closer to removal from the state’s list of impaired waters.
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation last week released its 2014 list of impaired waters in Vermont, which is still pending Environmental Protection Agency approval.
The report proposes that a section of Muddy Brook—from its mouth to seven miles upstream—be removed from the list. Muddy Brook runs between the border of Williston and South Burlington.
This list, known as the 303(d) Impaired Waters List, is issued every two years in compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act.
“Impaired” streams and lakes are those that do not meet Vermont’s stringent water quality standards, and are legally designated as polluted. Clean-up or remediation plans to restore water quality are required for these waters.
For the 2014 list, the most recent water quality information collected was assessed to determine the condition of the state’s waters.
“Muddy Brook has been on the 303(d) Impaired Waters List since 1996 for non-support of aquatic biota due to nutrients and temperature,” the report states. “Presently, Muddy Brook is being proposed for de-listing based on several years’ of biomonitoring data showing compliance with the (Vermont water quality standards).”
The last three samples taken from a monitoring site at a culvert on Kimball Avenue showed aquatic life in “good condition,” according to the report.
However, an impaired section of a tributary of Muddy Brook was expanded. The impairment is caused, in part, by high chloride levels from deicing salt.
The Allen Brook is on the list for stormwater runoff, land development and erosion, as well as elevated E.coli levels. The town has been working for years to better understand and care for its watersheds.
Senior Environmental Planner Jessica Demar, who has spearheaded the watershed improvement work, said the town’s efforts are focused on the Allen Brook.
“Due to the stormwater impairment the town is required to meet hefty MS4 permit requirements, which must be satisfied until fish and bug populations are restored to healthy levels,” she wrote in a June summary of the town’s watershed improvement efforts. “The fish and bug target is what motivates these efforts.”
Beginning in fiscal year 2012, the Selectboard allocated $6,000 in matching funds for watershed improvement work. Starting this fiscal year, that money will be lumped in with the stormwater budget. In addition to the capital budget, $260,000 in grant dollars have been awarded and spent on watershed improvement projects since 2008, Demar stated in the report.
“The Allen Brook is very very close to meeting the fish and bug standards,” Demar wrote in an email to the Observer. “The town is hopeful that through the ongoing stream restoration work and with the implementation of the state’s mandated flow restoration plan, Allen Brook’s aquatic habitat will be improved to a point that supports the fish and bug targets.”
The town is continually monitoring water quality and erosion in Williston’s streams and has planted more than 5,500 trees and shrubs as buffers along the Allen Brook and its tributaries.
In 2013, it completed the Town-Wide Watershed Improvement Plan, which identifies and prioritizes stormwater problem areas in town, based on direct environmental impact.

Very Merry Theatre wagon rolling into Williston

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Students in the Very Merry Theatre traveling summer camp prepare to put on a show.

Students in the Very Merry Theatre traveling summer camp prepare to put on a show.

 

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
A wagon full of fledgling actors will roll into town next week to perform the Rogers and Hammerstein classic “The King and I.”
Twenty-seven students ages 7 to 13 in the Very Merry Theatre summer camp will perform in Williston—one of four stops on their tour next week. The performance is set for Thursday, July 17 at noon on the lawn in front of the library.
“It’s a great story and the children not only do a great job performing, but it’s also I think the joy of watching the wonderful spirit the kids have on stage and displaying the courage to get up there and perform,” said Donald Wright, Very Merry Theatre’s executive director.
Each student has a small solo in the production, Wright added.
The performance is free and is a student adaption, appropriate for all-age performers and audience members.
“We feel like its kind of a win-win,” Wright said. “The audience gets something for free and the kids get the great experience of performing the show four times in receptive public settings.”
Wright said they are looking forward to the Williston performance.
“It’s always been a really fun location for us,” he said.
Very Merry Theatre runs theater programs during the school year, as well as traveling summer camps. The organization works with approximately 1,000 kids each year.
There are four camp sessions each summer. In each two-week session, students learn and rehearse a play, then perform in four towns.
“We have a great time with them and they seem to just love it,” Wright said. “We have a large contingent of teen counselors and they help lead the kids in the dancing and the artwork for the show.”
For more information, visit www.verymerrytheatre.org.

POPCORN: “Jersey Boys” Working its Way Back to You

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“Jersey Boys”

Working its Way Back to You

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

Point of disclosure: I’m from Jersey. I knew guys of the sort depicted in Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Broadway hit, “Jersey Boys.” They were called baddies or greasers, and generally wore black leather jackets, high roll collar shirts and shiny pants. My clique, a subset of the penny loafer, white jeans and madras shirt faction, took pride in echoing those words from the Beach Boys’s “I Get Around”: “Yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone.” Well, they did for the most part.

 

Thus, this very well written, produced and directed chunk of musical sociology is old home week for me…a walk down memory lane, albeit glorified and sprinkled with stardust. Even when Frankie Valli (nee Castelluccio) and some of his pals who would evolve into The Four Seasons run afoul of the law and do revolving door stints in prison, it’s treated humorously. The really heavy stuff lies ahead.

 

Mr. Eastwood, aided and abetted by writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who also coauthored the stage production, manages a fine balance of elements…keeping it real and yet for the most part happily optimistic and jaunty.

 

Uh, I see you have your hand up, the lady in the third row wearing the Carmen Miranda hat. Yes?

 

“So, you already wrote three paragraphs and didn’t say yet…how does it compare to the Broadway show? I was supposed to see it when the national tour came to Pasadena but I had to have a gallstones procedure, etc., etc….don‘t ask. ”

 

Well, I’m glad you feel better. I was going to get to that in paragraph # 8, but here goes. While there’s nothing better than the live experience, even if you mortgaged the farm to pay a fortune for tickets and an obscene sum to park your car, this is pretty darn good…a close second. What’s more, if you’ve seen the show and figure this would just be repetitious, know that Mr. Eastwood, retaining the documentary format, makes sure his art medium of choice does what the show could not: tell the details.

 

Whereas the emphasis in the Great White Way version was, of course, the music…specifically showcasing the hits with which Mr. Valli and company enchanted a generation … here it plays a strong yet correlative role. Oh, you’ll hear all your favorites, all right, but more often they’ll be attached to an event in the tale, either happy or sad, that supposedly inspired them. The clichéd mainstay, while a tad overstated, pleases a romantic sense.

 

But by the same token, we’re confident Eastwood takes few liberties in recounting the group’s nascence and rise to fame. Counseled by Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, who serve as executive producers, he establishes an authenticity you can almost touch. OK, so the outdoor New Jersey scenes are filmed in Kearny and not Belleville and Newark. It’s just across the Passaic River.

 

More importantly, the filmmaker nostalgically captures the temper of the times, evoking the sociocultural traits of its personalities without opportunistically pandering to the popular stereotypes of the demography propagated in TV shows. Auto buffs are sure to kvell from the beauteous array of cars lining the streets in 1950s and 60’s Belleville, N.J.

 

But let’s face it. ‘Twas the music emanating from this burg that brought attention and focus to it…just as it did to numerous urban hamlets where young folks with dreams of stardom cemented friendships through harmony under streetlamps. Even if the director merely had this foursome sing the iconic hits, I’d still probably have to give it a 2 & ½.

 

Granted, the rise, flourish and fall of a rock group has practically become a theatrical genre unto itself. All the same, this version adds poignant nuance to the confluence of battling egos, artistic differences, irksome idiosyncrasies and the musical camaraderie that initially formed the band and then held it together for as long as it could.

 

While lead player John Lloyd Young doesn’t impress on first blush, he ultimately morphs into Frankie Valli and wins you over. Likewise, while none of the four main performers has one uttering comparisons to Olivier, Hoffman or Pacino, as an ensemble they are award-worthy. And if it weren’t that it just isn’t done anymore, you’d swear the toe-tapping stream of memorable hits was dubbed from the originals.

 

Bottom line, this is more an event movie than cinema…a celebration of the American dream. I’ve checked the movie times in Kearney (Nebraska, that is); Mobile, Alabama; and Anchorage, Alaska. So now, folks who never got to see the play can discover what all the shouting is about, while fans who simply can’t take their eyes off “Jersey Boys” will be able to walk like a man, or woman, to a nearby theatre and again hear Frankie beseech Sherry to come out tonight.

“Jersey Boys,” rated R, is a Warner Bros. release directed by Clint Eastwood and stars John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza and Erich Bergen. Running time: 134 minutes

 

 

PHOTO: Stunning sunset over Williston

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The sunset lit up the sky on Sunday, seen here from the intersection of Mountain View and Redmond roads in Williston. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

The sunset lit up the sky on Sunday, seen here from the intersection of Mountain View and Redmond roads in Williston. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

PHOTOS: Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Field Day

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Radio enthusiasts gathered in Williston this weekend for the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Field Day. The field day is held each year at the end of June and demonstrates nationwide emergency communications preparedness by the amateur ham radio community. The goal is to set up efficient, self-contained stations and contact as many other emergency-powered stations as possible.

 

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Jeff Bonn (radio call sign N1YD) operates a station that, under the rules, allows less active hams and even unlicensed people to join the fun. Kathi Walbridge (K1WAL), Carl Dow (AB1DD) and Jeff Laughlin (N1YWB) are there to help. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

 

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