September 24, 2016

Williston jewelry store’s high-tech design allows personalization of rings and bling

Observer courtesy photo Using Computer Assisted Design (CAD), Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry in Williston can take existing jewelry designs and rework them into unique pieces of jewelry for customers.

Observer courtesy photo
Using Computer Assisted Design (CAD), Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry in Williston can take existing jewelry designs and rework them into unique pieces of jewelry for customers.

By Phyl Newbeck

Observer correspondent

At Argento Laraine Fine Jewelry, Jayson Argento has been providing customers with a relatively new service. Using Computer Assisted Design (CAD), he can take existing jewelry designs and rework them for customers. “It’s not new in the industry,” Argento said, “but often jewelers won’t do it unless you have a ridiculously expensive piece.” [Read more…]

Obituaries

Mary Margaret Cook

Mary Margaret Cook

Mary Margaret Cook

Mary Margaret Cook of Williston, 81, died at home on Sept. 11. Born on Jan. 1, 1935 in Malone N.Y. to Asa and Mary (Smith) Rhodes she graduated from Franklin Academy and then went on to Business school and served as an administrative assistant to the GM at General Electric in Burlington.

On December 22, 1954 in Schenectady N.Y., Mary Margaret married Paul Cook, who survives.

Mary loved to shop and spent many fun times with friends in Florida and Vermont buying the best deals. She also loved to play cards — Canasta and 500 Rummy — and to please Paul she played golf in the “Divorce Scramble in Orleans.”

Mary Margaret is survived by her husband Paul, their children: Stephen Cook of Williston, Brian and (Kathleen) Cook of Williston, and Cathy and (Brooks) Cummings of Jericho. Her grandchildren: Kelly Fiorini, Melissa Cook, Bryan Cook, Patrick Cook, Elizabeth Cummings and Christopher Cummings. She also has three great-grandchildren: Andrew Fiorini, Isabelle Cook and Lilly Cook. Mary Margaret was predeceased by her parents and her grandson Michael Cook.

Calling hours were at the Ready Funeral Home, and a funeral Mass was set to be held Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at St John Vianney Catholic Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington with burial to follow in Resurrection Park, South Burlington. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 128, Williston, VT, 05495

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Hearing assistance devices are available for events in the library’s community room. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us. [Read more…]

Closing Ceremony for Respite House

Photo by Mark Johnson/VTDigger The signature wall mural that greets those entering the Williston building is being taken out and placed in the lobby of the new building. The mural, about 15 by 10 feet, depicts a Noah’s Ark theme

Photo by Mark Johnson/VTDigger
The signature wall mural that greets those entering the Williston building is being taken out and placed in the lobby of the new building. The mural, about 15 by 10 feet, depicts a Noah’s Ark theme

Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an open house will be held for families to reflect on memories and connect with staff, volunteers and others. Short welcome is at 10 a.m., with quiet meditation and reflection time after. Candles will be distributed, refreshments served and harp, dulcimer, poetry readings and singing by the Noyana Singers will take place. Ceremony at 1 p.m.  99 Allen Brook Lane.

State expert on stormwater fund to speak Sept. 20

Williston residents and homeowners’ associations affected by stormwater mitigation mandates that were put into effect in recent years are invited to hear an expert from the state speak about the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and how it might be used for high price-tag neighborhood stormwater projects, the town said this week. [Read more…]

Drivers try plug-in power in Williston

Larry Reed from Williston stands with 2014 Smart at the Drive Electric Vermont display at the Hannaford Supermarket in Williston on Sunday.

Larry Reed from Williston stands with 2014 Smart at the Drive Electric Vermont display at the Hannaford Supermarket in Williston on Sunday.

The first in a series of events celebrating plug-in cars for National Drive Electric Week kicked off in Williston this week. On Sunday morning, the Hannaford Supermarket parking lot was abuzz, as gas-vehicle drivers had a chance to get their hands on, and feet on the pedals of, electric cars. [Read more…]

VNA Respite House moves

Sharon Keegan is the administrator of the Vermont Respite House, which is moving to bigger quarters in Colchester in September. Photo by Mark Johnson/VTDigger

Sharon Keegan is the administrator of the Vermont Respite House, which is moving to bigger quarters in Colchester in September. Photo by Mark Johnson/VTDigger

By Mark Johnson

For Vermont Digger

Before construction began on a new hospice care facility in Colchester last October, the head administrator of the Vermont Respite House, Sharon Keegan, held a small ceremony on the site. Along with a few other staffers, she spread grains and sweets for the animals whose habitat was about to be disturbed. [Read more…]

Redhawks football

Catamount Family Outdoor Center mountain bike races

Helping those who wander stay safe

One of the worst scenarios for families caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease is a loved one wandering or getting lost. It causes immediate panic and concern and unfortunately happens all too often. [Read more…]