July 31, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline staged a sit-in protest at the Williston staging area Wednesday morning, attempting to stop work on the pipeline extension project. Look for the story in tomorrow’s Observer.

Outlaws run roughshod over tournament foes

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Observer courtesy photo Riley Fitzgerald threw a complete game in the 18-3 victory over the Ottawa Nepean-Canadians to clinch the Championship of the Heritage Summer Showdown, hosted by the Vermont Outlaws.

Riley Fitzgerald threw a complete game in the 18-3 victory over the Ottawa Nepean-Canadians to clinch the Championship of the Heritage Summer Showdown, hosted by the Vermont Outlaws. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Coach Tim Albertson’s under-age-17 Vermont Outlaws baseball combine has heated up with the summer temperatures.
A four-game sweep of the Heritage Summer Showdown for which they were hosts last weekend at Rice Memorial High boosted their win streak to eight straight and the overall record to 15-14-1 going into Monday’s contest at Lake Placid, N.Y.
After games Tuesday and Wednesday at Orleans-Essex-Caledonia County and Colchester, the Outlaws have a home game Thursday against Lake Placid at 5:30 p.m. A trip to Ottawa, Ont. is set for the weekend for a two-day, four-game tournament starting Saturday morning.
In capturing the three-day tournament last weekend, the Outlaws showed outstanding pitching, allowing just five runs in the four games while blanking two opponents.
In the final two games, the lumber swingers went, well, all batty in producing 17 hits in each game, capping the demolition with an 18-3 victory over the Ottawa Napeau-Canadians in the championship test.
Sam Mikell rapped four hits, scored three runs and drove home two while Jack Dugan slammed a triple and two singles, drove in three runs and scored four. Tanner Smith also belted three safeties. Riley Fitzgerald hurled the seven-inning route, fanning six.
In Saturday’s two outings, Outlaw hurlers dealt in goose eggs, zipping the Ottawa Knights 2-0 in the morning opener behind Andrew Bortnick’s two-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Catcher Dan Poodiack, the black and blue team leader, got hit by a pitch (again), singled and scored a run.
In the afternoon second game, the bats boomed for 17 hits and Tanner Smith checked St. Johnsbury on just three bingles in a 13-0 pasting. Fitzgerald pushed home four runs with a double and single, Dugan added a two-bagger and single while Poodiack, Tanner Stevens and Jordan Bell each contributed two hits.
The Outlaws opened the tournament with a 4-2 triumph Friday over the OEC Lightning as Stevens (five innings) and Bortnick (two) combined on a two-hitter.
OEC led 1-0 into the bottom of the fourth when the Outlaws struck for all four tallies with the key hits an RBI bunt single by Mikell and a slashing single up the middle by Smith which chased home another run.

Little Leaguers bash way to N.E. Regionals

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The Williston 11-12 year old All-Star baseball team won the District I Championship last week with a nail-biting 4-3 win over rival South Burlington in eight innings. (Observer file photo)

The Williston 11-12 year old All-Star baseball team won the District I Championship last week with a nail-biting 4-3 win over rival South Burlington in eight innings. (Observer file photo)

Bristol, Conn.? Here we come.
That’s the byword for the Williston Little League All-Stars after they smashed past Bennington Tuesday in a four-inning 27-0 championship triumph at Burlington’s Shifilliti Field.
The victory was a continuation of the Willistonians’ muscular explosions as they crushed four home runs including a grand slam and three-run jack by Griffin McDermott, who had four hits and eight runs batted in.
Joining McDermott in the slam fest were Aiden Johnson with a grand slam dinger and three other safeties and Ben Herskowitz, who rapped three hits including a solo four-bagger.
Joining the bopping party were Baker Angstman (four hits), Jonah Roberts (three hits) and Carl Layman (two hits, three RBIs).
Starting pitcher Storm Rushford worked the four-inning route and allowed but two hits in gaining the shutout.
In reaching the pinnacle of Vermont’s Little league world, coach Paul Angstman’s combine bumped off defending champion South Burlington in district play and upon reaching the state tournament, rattled off 45 runs in three winning efforts.
The Connecticut invasion takes place Aug. 1 with the Nutmeg State’s champions the initial test. The regional games are televised on the New England Sports Network (NESN).

Vermont boys zinged by Granite staters

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

An early shooting dry spell proved costly for the Vermont boys All-Stars Saturday as they fell 91-75 to the New Hampshire in the annual Twin State games for graduated seniors played at Keene State College’s Spaulding Gymnasium.
A big and mobile New Hampshire outfit rolled up an early 23-6 lead on swishless Vermont. Even though the Green Mountain guys got some offense going in the second half, they could not get closer than within nine points of the winners, who notched 18 of 26 three-point tries and fired at an overall 46 percent clip for the game.
On the Vermont squad was Luke Aube of Champlain Valley Union, who helped lead a second half Vermont comeback. He scored seven points and hauled in two rebounds in 12 foul-hampered minutes.
One of Aube’s teammates was Tommy Fitzgerald of Williston and Rice Memorial High, who started at point guard and nailed Vermont’s first of four three-pointers when it appeared New Hampshire was going to fly out of reach early.
Fitzgerald finished with seven points, tied for team high with 11 rebounds and led the helpers with five assists.
Both Aube and Fitzgerald agreed after the game that the early misses were costly. Vermont was just one of 13 from the floor and trailing 20-3 before Fitzgerald canned the triple.
“This was fun,” said Fitzgerald who will suit up in a couple of weeks for the Vermont team in the annual Shrine football game.
Jason Manwaring, from smallish Williamstown High, was named the Vermont team’s most valuable player Saturday with 23 points (9-15 shooting) and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes.

CVU quartet helps Vermont out-hoop N.H. girls

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Amanda Beatty had 13 points and three assists in the Twin State game, which Vermont won 79-66.

Amanda Beatty had 13 points and three assists in the Twin State game, which Vermont won 79-66.

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Call it the last rumble of the rampaging Redhawks (or at least this edition).
With four members of the last two Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team (47-0 last two seasons) helping out, the Vermont all-star squad of graduated seniors unloaded a 79-66 licking on New Hampshire’s stars Saturday afternoon at Keene State’s Spaulding Gymnasium.
Hey, Vermont victories in this game do not happen that often. After the triumph, the overall record in the annual series remained in New Hampshire’s favor, 17-12.
The difference probably is not surprising, given that the neighboring Granite State has well over one million folks to some 600,000 for tiny Vermont.
“This team really came together and cheered for each other and helped each other out,” said Vermont head coach Ute Otley of CVU after the contest.
The teamwork was admirable for Vermont, which had an edge (19-16) in assists plus a huge 61-45 advantage on the boards that was 41-26 on the defensive end as New Hampshire stayed with an outside gunning game rather than going inside to its sizeable post players.
The Granite Staters pegged away 28 times from international waters and sank only eight while Vermont launched only nine from outside the arc but nailed five, all from Rice Memorial’s Hailee Barron, named the winners’ most valuable player. She led the victors with 17 points while adding four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes.
The CVU four all had solid performances.
Emily Kinneston, Vermont’s Miss Basketball for the last two years, was, well, herself. She had 13 points, hitting six of 13 shots. She cruised in among the tall timber to rip down a team-leading 13 rebounds, passed off for three assists and was officially credited with three thefts of the ball while actually forcing several more N.H. turnovers.
Amanda Beatty worked efficiently down low in elbow country and dropped in six of nine shots from the floor, plus a free throw for 13 points. She added two rebounds and a steal.
Kaelyn Kohlasch was three-for-four from both the floor and foul line for nine points. The steady guard also made two rebounds and blocked a New Hampshire shot.
Amanda Lougee thrived in the big crowd and came away with four points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.
There was plenty of other help. Burlington High’s Ilona Maher was a tough inside presence with 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Morgan Raiche of West Rutland High worked the boards for 11 rebounds while hitting five points.
Mount Abraham Union’s Ashley Fay, a speedy guard, popped four of five shots for nine points to go with a pair of assists.
Vermont got a quick start, storming to early 7-0 and 12-4 leads as all five starters scored.
But New Hampshire started hitting shots and came back to a 22-21 advantage. But then, Barron rapped for order. The Rice guard, who gave CVU some anxious moments in her four years as a starter, snapped the twine for two straight treys to put Vermont up 27-21.
After a New Hampshire deuce, Beatty connected for two hoops and a free throw and Kinneston bagged a hoop. Vermont was up 34-24 and rolled on to as much as a 71-47 lead in the second half before New Hampshire mounted a late but futile rally over the final seven minutes.
For the game, Vermont was 43.4 percent (33-76) from the floor while New Hampshire went just 30.8 percent (24-78).
Barron said she enjoyed playing with the Vermont stars, some of whom have been four-year foes, but likened it to AAU where they had played together in the past.
Inside operator Heather King from Lebanon, N.H. High was New Hampshire’s most valuable player. She had 17 points, five rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes.
Crowd numbers were in the 100 range and Vermont appeared to have the loudest and most enthusiastic cheering.
“It was like a home game for us,” said Otley.

LIVING GREEN: Funding available to help producers go organic

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Observer staff report

Gaining organic certification can be an overwhelming expense for a small food producer. That means that while many follow practices that most of us would consider environmentally friendly and chemical-free, they can’t technically call their products organic.
A new source of funding can help producers gain the certification that may help drive their sales.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance.
“Consumer demand for organic products is surging across the country,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack in a press release. “To meet this demand, we need to make sure that small farmers who choose to grow organic products can afford to get certified. Organic food is now a multi-billion dollar industry, and helping this sector continue to grow creates jobs across the country.”
The certification assistance is distributed through two programs. Through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. Territories. Through the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, an additional $1.5 million is available to organic operations in 16 states, including Vermont.
These programs provide cost-share assistance for certification-related expenses incurred from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014.
Payments cover up to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification. To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers and handlers should contact their state agencies.

LIVING GREEN: Mapping out the best ways to compost

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Vermont is quickly moving towards mandated recycling and composting. As part of this effort the Agency of Natural Resources has launched an interactive online map that will help residents, businesses and institutions find and connect with collection services. (Photo courtesy of Chittenden Solid Waste District)

Vermont is quickly moving towards mandated recycling and composting. As part of this effort the Agency of Natural Resources has launched an interactive online map that will help residents, businesses and institutions find and connect with collection services. (Photo courtesy of Chittenden Solid Waste District)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
With the statewide move to mandated recycling and composting approaching, the Agency of Natural Resources has developed a new tool to help businesses and households prepare.
ANR last week launched its interactive online Universal Recycling Materials Management Map. The map was created to help residents, businesses and institutions connect with collection services. It also helps food rescue agencies, haulers and composters connect with sources of quality food and food scraps, such as restaurants, supermarkets, schools and hospitals.
The map also displays the local governments, known as the Solid Waste Management Entities, who can provide composting and recycling assistance to businesses and institutions at the local level.
Vermont’s Universal Recycling law bans all food scraps from landfills by July 1, 2020. Larger generators of food scraps need to begin diverting these materials sooner if a certified facility is located within 20 miles.
Recyclables (such as metal, glass, plastics #1 & #2, and paper/cardboard) are also banned from the landfill beginning July 1, 2015.
Josh Kelly, with the Department of Environmental Conservation solid waste division, said recycling is the first step for the few out there who haven’t already caught on.
“First and foremost, get active with recycling if you haven’t already,” he said. “There’s so many options now and so much convenience in the recycling world, but we have made it more convenient.”
Beginning this summer, transfer stations and drop-off sites must accept recycling without an extra fee.
While 2020 isn’t extremely close, Kelly recommends that residents start thinking about how they will handle their food scraps and yard debris.
“I think home composting is a great option and the cheapest option by far,” he said.
If residents are not interested in home composting, transfer stations that accept compost are identified on the map. By 2017, all transfer stations must accept compost.
In Williston, Chittenden Solid Waste District on Redmond Road accepts recycling, food scraps, leaves and yard debris. Down the street, its Green Mountain Compost facility accepts food scraps and leaf and yard debris.
“Removing food scraps and other organic material from the waste stream is a high priority for Vermont,” said Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz. “These materials account for nearly 30 percent of what we throw out, wasting limited landfill space; and as the waste breaks down it produces greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change.”
Markowitz added that, “in order to make it easier for Vermont businesses and institutions to identify the alternatives that are available to them, the Agency of Natural Resources  is now providing an easy-to-use tool to help connect food producing businesses and institutions with food rescue organizations, solid waste haulers and facility managers.”
More features will be added in the future, such as e-recycling facilities.
The Agency of Natural resources also developed a food recovery hierarchy with the passage of the Universal Recycling law.
The top and most important step is reducing the amount of food residuals being generated at the source. That means being more careful with the amount of food you purchase and cook, minimizing wasted food.
The second step is to direct extra food of high quality to feed people by donating to food shelves and other similar strategies. Third, use lower quality food residuals for agricultural uses, such as food for animals. Fourth, direct food residuals for compost, anaerobic digestion and land application. Finally, food can be processed for energy recovery.
To access the map, visit http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/wastediv/solid/URmap_launch.html

Obituary

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WALLACE P. ‘WALLY’ BENOIT
Wallace P. “Wally” Benoit, 80, of Williston, passed on to be with the Lord, with his wife and family by his side, on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Wally was born in Burlington on Oct. 11, 1933, the son of Sylvester “Sonny” and Mabel (Bergeron) Benoit. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1952, and served his country for the United States Army. Wallace worked as a Class A Tool-maker at General Electric in Burlington for 35 years, retiring in 1988. During retirement he enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He grew grapes and made excellent wine and beer. Wally is survived by his wife of 59 years, Michaelena (DePaul) Benoit; their children, daughter-in-law, Deborah, wife of Peter, and their children, Shara and husband, Eugene Messier, Mariah and Phillip Benoit; Paula Fitzgerald and husband, John, and their children, Jacob Fitzgerald and wife, Grace, and Ryan and Emily Fitzgerald; and Scott Benoit and wife, Mary, and their children, Vincent and Weston; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Lyric and Eloise; brothers, William Benoit and wife, Ruth, and Douglas Benoit; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; son, Peter Benoit; and sister-in-law, Marie Benoit. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, July 10, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. in Winooski. A graveside memorial service was held on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Park Cemetery on Hinesburg Road in South Burlington. Online condolences can be shared with the family atwww.lavignefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association, Northern NE Chapter, 110 Ferry St., Suite 309, Concord, NH 03301; or to Williston Rescue, 7900 Williston Road, Williston, VT 05495.

Library Notes

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Vermont Reads ‘Wonder’
All month. Join in the town-wide read for all ages, “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio. Stop by any time and pick up a copy of the book. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

Youth News
Slime Science with Dr. Einstein
Friday, July 25, 11 a.m. Join us for a humorous look at the scientific properties of slime, followed by slime-making session. Presented by Gillian Ireland and kid scientists,

Ethan and Jonathan Ireland, aka “Dr. Einstein” and “Dr. Dynamite.” All ages. Pre-register.

Vermont Reads ‘Wonder’ Book Discussion
Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. Join Laurel Sanborn of Vermont Family Network for a discussion focusing on family issues presented in the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. Copies of the book available at the library. All ages welcome. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council.

Firefighter Story Time
Tuesday, July 29, 11 a.m. Meet members of the Williston Fire Department and learn about fire safety. All ages.

Teens Make-It Series: Toy Hacking—Because your Toy is More Fun on the Inside
Wednesday, July 30, 1-4 p.m. Take apart old toys and make something new. Ages 11 and up. Pre-register. Sponsored by Vermont Makers and Libraries “Sparking a Culture of Innovation” grant.

Build a Balloon Car
Thursday, July 31, 2-4 p.m. Watch air pressure demonstrations and construct your own air-powered rocket car. Presented by Create It Lab, mobile creativity lab. Ages 8 and up. Pre-register.

Spanish Stories & Music
Thursday July 31, 10:30 a.m. Sing and dance with Constancia Gomez. For children up to age 6.

Meet Vermont Lake Monsters Baseball Players
Friday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. Lake Monsters baseball players read stories and autograph baseballs. All ages.

Adult News
Gentle Yoga with Jill Lang
Tuesday, July 22, 29 and Aug. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Presented by Williston resident, Jill Lang. Come and enjoy free classes. Bring your own mat.

The Tech Tutor
Tuesday, July 22, 3- 6 p.m. Stop by anytime during tech hours for one-on-one technology help from a teen. Guarantee a time by making a 15-minute appointment 878-4918.

Vermont Reads ‘Wonder’ Ice Cream Social, Art Show and Movie
Friday, August 8, 1 p.m. Eat ice cream while showcasing your art, poetry, or songs inspired by the themes of acceptance and kindness found in the book “Wonder.” Followed by the movie “I Am Sam” rated PG-13. Art exhibit participants may enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Majestic 10. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

New in Adult Audiobooks
“Cop Town” by Karin Slaughter. Popular novelist Slaughter veers from her traditional series format with her first stand-alone tale of a serial killer targeting police officers. On MP3 CD format.
“The Church of Mercy” by Pope Francis. This new audiobook is a compilation of the papers, speeches and homilies created by the Pope during the first year of his papacy.

New in Adult Fiction
“The Good, the Bad, and the Emus” by Donna Andrews. The avian-themed author returns with popular character Meg Langslow and a new tale of mystery and intrigue.
New in

Adult Non-fiction
“Neil Armstrong; a life of flight” by Jay Barbree. This biography of the American hero features a forward by fellow astronaut John Glenn.

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918. All events are free. www.williston.lib.vt.us

Moving forward without the Circ

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By Brian Searles
Over the past months, there have been many attempts to link the Circumferential Highway project in Chittenden County to the global business decisions of IBM that may affect the Essex Junction plant. That the Circ is being used for political posturing is not surprising or new. What is surprising is the lack of facts in the narrative that is being put forward. The Circ was a dinosaur of a project that languished for more than 30 years. In the meantime, cost estimates had ballooned, nearly doubling to $200 million. And in the end every stakeholder, including IBM, agreed it was best to move in another direction with a realistic plan that addresses Chittenden County’s transportation concerns for nearly half the cost.
When Governor Shumlin took office in 2011, no construction had taken place on the Circ project in nearly 18 years. Yet between 1993, when the 4-mile segment in Essex was opened, and 2011, nearly $32 million was spent on the Circ. Significantly, during that time, transportation investments changed direction. Urban ring roads fell out of favor nationwide, new capacity projects became limited, average daily traffic fell, new technology in intersection control and demand management emerged. A sharper understanding of environmental concerns was shared by all, and federal dollars became more constrained. A bloated $200 million investment in outdated technology was simply not in the cards.
As a result, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission led a task force at the governor’s request that included all of the Circ stakeholders. The group met for 30 months and reexamined the problems that needed to be fixed and used all of the new available tools to create an array of projects designed to have a much more positive impact on traffic issues than the Circ ever promised. The task force included membership of state and federal transportation partners, the Circ towns, GBIC, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Conservation Law Foundation, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, IBM and others.
In the end, the Task Force voted unanimously to approve 34 projects with an estimated cost of about $100 million, half the cost of the Circ. Twelve are short-term (3-5 year horizon) projects such as the Crescent Connector in Essex Junction and Exit 16 improvements in Colchester; nineteen medium-term (5-10 years) such as a grid street system near Exit 12 of I-89 in Williston and Severance Corners improvements in Colchester; and three are longer-term projects (more than 10 years) that include major work on Exit 12 and improvements to Redmond Road and Mountain View Road, both in Williston.
In addition to costing half as much, these projects differ from the Circ in another important way: They will actually be completed. The 34 projects have all been approved by the Vermont Legislature and are part of the state’s capital program. Several even received funding in the 2015 budget. Those are the facts. And that’s progress of which Vermont and Vermonters should be proud.

Brian Searles is the secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

Academic Honors

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Rice students named to honor roll
The following Williston students were named to the Rice Memorial High School honor roll for the fourth quarter, according to results released last week.

First Honors
Laura Durkee, Cooper Norton, Elizabeth Sartorelli

Second Honors
Michelle Bolger, Hannah Durkee, Matthew Krause, Madeline Limanek, Erin Scott

Local graduate
Williston resident Joseph Wiles was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Students named to deans’ lists
The following Williston students were named to the dean’s list at their college or university.
Griffin Brady, University at Albany
Taryn Druge, Fairfield University
Noah Scott Lieberman, Washington University
Alex Arsenault, Norwich University
Wren Arvanetaki, Norwich University
Jonathan Zittritsch, Norwich University