April 25, 2018

Recreation and Parks

Community Garden Plots

Garden plots are available at the Williston Community Gardens off Mountain View Road, near Brennan Park. Plot sizes are: small, 15×10 feet; medium, 15×20 feet; and large, 15×30 feet. To register for a plot visit the willistonrec.org for online registration. Plots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Plots are only available to Williston residents. [Read more…]

Lacrosse teams start fast

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Observer photos by Al Frey
Bella Rieley works to get by her defender during CVU’s game vs. So. Burlington on Tuesday night at SBHS.

The Champlain Valley girls lacrosse team opened the season with a 10-7 win over host South Burlington on Tuesday night, outscoring its opponent 6-3 in the second half to earn the victory [Read more…]

Scouts support Spectrum with snowy sleep out

Observer photos by Al Frey

A hardy group from Williston Boy Scout Troop 692 braved a chilly sleep out on Friday night to benefit Spectrum Youth and Family Services. About 450 area young people unrolled their sleeping bags at locations across Chittenden County to show their support for homeless youth as part of the Spectrum Sleep Out.

(L to R) Williston Boy Scouts Alec Blevins, Dylan Leblanc and Aiden Blevins pack up the equipment after a chilly sleepout for Spectrum Youth on the village green Friday.

A hardy group from Williston Boy Scout Troup 692 braved a chilly sleepout on Friday night for Spectrum Youth

Letters to the Editor

Pipeline needs investigation

I am happy to read that Vermont utility regulators are asking for an investigation into construction of the Vermont Gas pipeline. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Standing up for seniors

By Sen. Bernie Sanders

As I travel around the state, I often meet older Vermonters who are struggling just to get by. To my mind, no senior in the richest country on Earth should ever have to decide between buying groceries, medications or keeping their house warm. But that is the sad reality today for far too many older Americans. [Read more…]

Teachers union pitches statewide health care plan

Vermont-NEA President Martha Allen, right, with lawmakers at the Statehouse last year. File photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

By Tiffany Danitz Pache

For VTDigger

As legislators head toward another showdown with Gov. Phil Scott over school spending, the state’s teachers union has pitched a statewide health insurance plan that they say would save taxpayer money and ensure equity for employees. [Read more…]

Planners address trends in beer, barns and birds

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Williston Planning Commission has recommended a host of changes to the town’s land-use regulations that address evolving models of business and sustainable living. [Read more…]

Traffic light upgrades resume this week

The rehabilitation work along Routes 2 and 2A through Williston that began last May and halted in October will resume Thursday with a focus on traffic signals. [Read more…]

Hearty jumping

Observer photo by Al Frey
Karlianne Lovins tries to jump as many times as possible in 10 seconds during a jump rope fundraiser for the American Heart Association at Allen Brook School on Friday.

Citizen funding needed for Catamount

Users will be asked to help close funding gap for community forest

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

Users and lovers of the Catamount Outdoor Family Center can expect an appeal to their generosity this spring to help close a roughly $200,000 gap in the acquisition fund needed to convert the 393-acre property into a publicly owned resource. [Read more…]