May 27, 2016

The HUB: Factory store latest dream of local entrepreneur

Observer photo by Al Frey David Glickman in front of one of the machines at Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company’s newly opened factory store, on Boyer Circle in Williston.

Observer photo by Al Frey
David Glickman in front of one of the machines at Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company’s newly opened factory store, on Boyer Circle in Williston.

Vermont Butcher Block & Board Co. opens doors

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

When David Glickman, the owner of Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company, moved to this state, he was giving up the kind of Manhattan-centric lifestyle that to some sounds just like the dream of “making it.”

Working as a pharmaceutical project manager, he and his wife faced raising their first child in the city he grew up near as a suburban kid in Montvale, N.J. A switch flipped for them, he said. And he was sick of the suits. [Read more…]

Global Foundries recognized for innovative environmental efforts

In a Montpelier award ceremony held last month, Global Foundries was lauded for reducing the chemical use and electricity spent in the process of making semi-conductor chips, as well as improving the overall electrical consumption of their Essex Junction operations.

Global Foundries won two of the four awards issued in the business category, and was the only Chittenden County company to win the award, which was given out on April 28.

According to the state, Global Foundries won for reducing chemical use in the semiconductor chip-making processes in such a way as to save $90,000 a year in chemicals, reducing the use of chemicals by 360 tons per year. The innovation also saves 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, saves 3.1 million gallons of water and eliminated 600 tons of waste per year. [Read more…]

Little League’s greatest hits

Observer photos by Al Frey

Observer photos by Al Frey

Observer photos by Al Frey

Observer photos by Al Frey

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CVU Sports Scoreboard

Track and Field

May 11 at St. Johnsbury. Girls Team Scores: St. Johnsbury 190.5, CVU 110, North Country 30: Boys: St. Johnsbury 242, CVU 126, North Country 83

May 14 at South Burlington. Girls: St. Johnsbury 175, Essex 106, South Burlington 72, Burlington 66, CVU 23: Boys: South Burlington 131, St. Johnsbury 123, Burlington 67, Essex 48, CVU 37

Girls Softball [Read more…]

Three, two, one… and they’re off!

Observer photos by Al Frey

Williston Runs for Education kicked off at Williston Central School on Saturday, May 14 with a Kids Fun Run. The 5K winners were Paul Kartschoke (20:06) and Trista Cousino (23:39), and Zachary Spitznagle finished second place in the male 14 and under category at 20:13. Grace Steinman won in the female 14 and under category with a time of 29:05.

Williston Runs_060 5K 14May16Younger kids ran a loop around the gravel track, with 28 of them toeing the starting line and making it through the one-third of a mile course with smiles, high-fives and cheering. [Read more…]

Spotlight on the Arts

Observer courtesy photo 'Murder at Checkmate Manor' will be on stage at Mount Mansfield Union High School May 27 and 28.

Observer courtesy photo
‘Murder at Checkmate Manor’ will be on stage at Mount Mansfield Union High School May 27 and 28.

British Farce on stage at high school

Mount Mansfield Union High School students will perform a British farce, “Murder at Checkmate Manor” next weekend. It’s a play within a play, and everything that could possibly go wrong does — and then some. The school’s theater department promises it will be an “outrageous romp of non-stop laughs” at the MMU theater. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $4 for students and children, and can be purchased at the door. [Read more…]

Obituary

Barbara Ann (Danyew) Spear

Barbara Ann (Danyew) Spear passed away Thursday, May 12 at The Converse Home in Burlington. at the age of 83.

She was born July 7, 1932 in Middlebury to Leonard and Hazel (Cummings) Danyew. Barbara graduated from Hinesburg High School in 1952 and on Feb. 24, 1953 she married Richard Spear of Shelburne.

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Health Connect insurers seek price hikes

File photo by Morgan True/ VTDigger Al Gobelle is chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board which regulates how much insurance companies charge as one of its core functions.

File photo by Morgan True/ VTDigger
Al Gobelle is chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board which regulates how much insurance companies charge as one of its core functions.

By Erin Mansfield

For Vermont Digger

The two health insurance companies that sell through Vermont Health Connect are asking to increase what they charge for insurance plans by more than 8 percent each.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is seeking increases averaging 8.2 percent starting Jan. 1. MVP Health Care wants to raise its price for the same period by 8.8 percent.

The companies submitted the requests May 11 to the Green Mountain Care Board, which regulates how much the companies charge on the exchange as one of its core functions. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Firecracker 5K Fun Run

The Annual Firecracker 5K Fun Run will be held Sat., July 3rd. Join Williston and the American Cancer Society as we partner to fight back against cancer and celebrate with pre-July 4 festivities. The run will begin at 6 p.m. at the Williston Community Park (by the restrooms), with registration opening at 5 p.m. After traversing the bike path, the run will end on the Town Green with a live band, and ice cream. Every runner will receive a complimentary race shirt. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Nordic Style event. All ages. Pre-register at relayforlife.org/firecracker5kvt Information: Matthew Goldweber at matthew.goldweber@cancer.org. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

School board aims for transparency

The Williston School Board is comprised of five elected community members. The Board is responsible for engaging the community to establish the mission and vision for the district, establishing the annual school budget, establishing local policies, and negotiating contracts with employees. During this collaborative process, the board seeks and welcomes input from Williston residents on current topics. The board encourages residents to contact the board by:

Attending a school board meeting [Read more…]