November 25, 2014

Williston residents help bring laughter in Lyric Theatre’s ‘The Producers’

Williston residents (from left) Kristina McSalis, Kerry Whalen Powell, Kelley Lane and Kaity McSalis will help with ‘The Producers.’

Williston residents (from left) Kristina McSalis, Kerry Whalen Powell, Kelley Lane and Kaity McSalis will help with ‘The Producers.’

Observer staff report
Williston residents are among the Lyric Theatre Company cast and crew set to present Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Based on the classic cult comedy film, the musical sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. The show is about two types of people—those who want to be in the game and those who want to stay in show business.
“The Producers” will be presented on the MainStage of Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for five performances Nov. 13 through 16. [Read more...]

Local writers featured in collection



Observer staff report

Young Writers Project recently released “Anthology 6,” its latest collection of best recent writing and photography from Vermont and New Hampshire youths.
Eighty pieces of writing and 34 pieces of art were chosen for the book by a team of YWP staff, students and interns from more than 14,000 submissions. Among local students who are published in “Anthology 6” are Champlain Valley Union High School students or recent graduates Erin Bundock, Autumn Eastman, Noa Urbaitel, Lydia Moreman and Simone Edgar Holmes, Williston resident Olivia Pintair and Avery McLean of St. George.
“Anthology 6,” published by Queen City Printers, is on sale for $10 at the event and at select bookstores, including Phoenix Books in Burlington and Essex. For more information, go to

Library Notes


Does your employer offer directed giving or a matching gift program? The library is fund- raising for a new bookmobile. Your donation is tax-deductible. Contact Marti Fiske at the library if you need more information.

Youth News
Toddler Yoga and Stories
Friday, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m. Books and simple yoga for children ages 1-3. Pre-register. Presented by Karen Allen.
Friday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m. A singing puppet troupe’s frog leader is mistaken for an international criminal. Rated PG, 112 minutes. Grades 1 and up. Free popcorn. [Read more...]

Volunteer opportunities


Choose one of the options below or go to to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call the United Way at 860-1677.
The Shelburne Museum needs volunteers to welcome visitors to the museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education this winter. Three shifts available January through April. Training provided. Contact Pam Nuovo at 985-3346 or email [email protected]
Ethan Allen Residence needs volunteer dishwashers to join the kitchen crew any evening from 5-6:30 p.m. It also needs a group to help with fall garden cleanup. Contact Carolyn Stevens at 658-1573 or email [email protected] [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor


Thank you
Thank you to the 3,158 voters in Williston who did their civic duty. We appreciate the votes we received as state representatives and pledge to represent you to the best of our abilities for the next two years. Although we were unopposed for re-election, we visited about 2,100 houses and spoke to many of you about your and our, concerns. We will do our best to address them. Politics is a participation sport. Please contact us with your ideas and support, or opposition to, proposed legislation.
— Representatives Jim McCullough, [email protected] and Terry Macaig, [email protected] [Read more...]

What’s in a name? An integrated health care network


By Howard Schapiro, MD

The University of Vermont Health Network—formerly Fletcher Allen Partners—recently got a new name and a new look and feel. The University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care) and the UVM Health Network’s other three hospitals—Central Vermont Medical Center, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and Elizabethtown Hospital—have also changed their names to more clearly reflect their relationship. Why is this important, or even necessary? It matters because this change marks a significant step in the evolution of health care delivery in Vermont and northern New York. [Read more...]

Stipends for dual enrollment students


Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is reminding juniors and seniors that there is a $150 stipend available to eligible students who plan to take a dual enrollment course next semester.
The stipends help eligible high school students cover the costs of books, fees and travel associated with dual enrollment courses. Students who plan to take a dual enrollment class, are eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch and need additional financial assistance to cover the costs of books, fees or travel, will be automatically considered for an annual stipend. Funds are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Vermont’s dual enrollment program allows high school students to take two college courses tuition-free while still in high school. Dual enrollment courses are offered on college campuses, online or on-site at a participating high school.
For more information on the dual enrollment program and obtaining a voucher, visit or email Marcia Corey at [email protected]

CVU to host presentation on state mandates


Observer staff report
Champlain Valley Union High School is hosting an information night on Thursday, Nov. 13 for parents and community members who have questions about how the school is addressing the state mandates for Personalized Learning Plans and standards-based graduation requirements.
Principal Jeff Evans and special speaker Rick Wormeli—a nationally recognized educator known for his teaching innovations, powerful presentations and thoughtful writing on educational practices—will provide the presentation at CVU from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 160. No RSVP required.

Young Writers Project: Write a Letter


Young Writers Project: Write a Letter
Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites,,, and Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The Voice. YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If you would like to donate to YWP, go to
This week’s prompt: “Letter: Write a letter to someone to say thanks for something special they do – or for everything. Or write to describe a special person in your life.” [Read more...]

Around Town


NEFCU hosts sock drop
New England Federal Credit Union is collecting socks as part of its annual Sock Drop during the month of November. The Sock Drop’s goal is to collect warm socks that can aid the Community Health Centers of Burlington patients, primarily the homeless in the Burlington area, during Vermont’s long, cold winters.
“NEFCU’s Sock Drop has continually played a huge role in the care we provide to the community,” noted Kim Anderson, CHCB development manager. “CHCB offers the only homeless health care program in the state and these types of donations directly affect the health of our most vulnerable patients.” [Read more...]