July 25, 2014

Outlaws in Saratoga for Legion baseball tournament

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

While coach Tim Albertson’s under-17-years-old Vermont Outlaws baseball team may respect their elders, they are hoping to rack up a few victories over them this week in the annual Coopers Cave Tournament at Saratoga, N.Y.
The action for the Outlaws began Wednesday with a twin bill. [Read more...]

Five CVU lacrosse players are coaches’ all-stars

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Three members of the Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team and two from the girls’ squad have been named to All-Division teams by the coaches.
In addition, midfielder Steele DuBrul and defenseman Cam Harris of the Redhawks were among six Vermont players given All-American mention.
DuBrul and Harris are first team All-Division while teammate and attacker Nevin DiParlo is a second team selection.
On the girls’ side, midfielder Thea Weiss and goalie Bailee Pudvar are All-Division honorable mentions.

Independence Day parade winners

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Best Church Entry
Living Hope Christian Church

Best Band
Williston Wheezers

Best Individual Entry
Willie the Jumping Frog [Read more...]

Library Notes

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Vermont Reads ‘Wonder’
All month. Join in the town-wide read for all ages of “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

Nature’s Night Lights

Friday, July 11, 11 a.m. Learn about bioluminescence and create your own glowing sea creature with “Professor Fizzywig.” Includes a puppet show. Presented by Kristen Littlefield of Wild Things! Pre-register. All ages. [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor

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From the Senate
I frequently receive constituent calls and emails seeking help resolving a wide range of state issues. Yet after six years serving as your senator I still find myself amazed at the absurdity of some Vermont laws and regulations.
In September, I received a note from Williston’s Vermont Tap House. What was their transgression that led to a stern talking to by the Department of Liquor Control? Serving underage patrons, over-serving a drunk customer or handing out free absinthe? None of the above. [Read more...]

Renewables can put the brakes on high gas prices

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By Bob Dinneen

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.
With prices rising so fast, there’s never been a more important time for America to invest in alternative sources of energy. The longer we’re dependent on oil, the longer we’re at the mercy of foreign political turmoil.
One of the most promising alternative energy sources is ethanol, a renewable fuel derived from common agricultural goods like corn, woodchips and grasses. Ramping up America’s ethanol production would drive down demand for oil and wean this country off the volatility and sudden price swings that come along with it. [Read more...]

Champlain Valley Union High School honor roll

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The following Williston and Saint George students were named to the honor roll for the fourth quarter at Champlain Valley Union High School, according to results released on Monday.
High Honors
Megan J. Ammon; Aliza C. Anderson; Kelsie D. Barnes; Kristin R. Bauer; Liam E. Beliveau; Renee L. Benoit; Sarah E. Bergkvist; Summer L. Bishop; Samara G. Bissonette; Joshua D. Bliss; Erica M. Bouton; Olivia V. Brissette; Michael E. Chirgwin; Kaitlin R. Clark; Lyndsey C. Clos; [Read more...]

Be tick smart

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Observer staff report

The Vermont Health Department is reminding Vermonters to be aware of ticks this time of year.
Lyme disease is transmitted from the bite of infected deer ticks. This time of year the nymphs—immature ticks, which are about the size of a poppy seed—are biting and may spread the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
Transmission can be prevented if the tick is removed within about 36 hours, but the nymphs are so small that they can go unnoticed if you aren’t looking for them carefully. A few simple steps can help prevent tick bites and the risk of getting Lyme disease. Start by avoiding areas that are good tick habitat as much as is practical. Ticks tend to be common in tall grass, areas with a lot of brush and leaf litter, and along forest edges. [Read more...]

Local displays photography at Taft Corners business

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Photographer Christopher Milizia stands with his photography exhibit in the Williston Starbucks. (Observer courtesy photo)

Photographer Christopher Milizia stands with his photography exhibit in the Williston Starbucks. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Images of Vermont’s natural beauty—seen through the lens of amateur photographer Christopher Milizia—are decorating the walls of Williston’s Starbucks through July.
Milizia, who has a developmental disability, took shots of mountains, sunsets, wildlife and serene spots throughout the state. [Read more...]

Around Town

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CVU Class of 1969 reunion
The Champlain Valley Union High School Class of 1969 is holding a 45th year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 2. In addition to members of the Class of 1969, members of the class of 1968 and 1970, as well as other classes of that vintage, are invited to attend. For more information, contact Jeff Isham [email protected] or 793-3373. [Read more...]