April 19, 2014

PHOTOS: CVU Chefhawks

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Members of the Champlain Valley Union High Chefhawks—(from left) David Roy, Kaitlyn Kaplan, Emily Gagnon, Morgan Schnell and team leader Eleanor Marsh—work on their dish for the Junior Iron Chef culinary competition late last month. The CVU team’s flatbread tacos won the crowd pleaser award, which goes to the team that best incorporates color, texture and taste for a true crowd-pleasing dish.

Members of the Champlain Valley Union High Chefhawks—(from left) David Roy, Kaitlyn Kaplan, Emily Gagnon, Morgan Schnell and team leader Eleanor Marsh—work on their dish for the Junior Iron Chef culinary competition late last month. The CVU team’s flatbread tacos won the crowd pleaser award, which goes to the team that best incorporates color, texture and taste for a true crowd-pleasing dish.

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Chefhawks win crowd pleaser award

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Members of the Champlain Valley Union High Chefhawks—(from left) David Roy, Kaitlyn Kaplan, Emily Gagnon, Morgan Schnell and team leader Eleanor Marsh—work on their dish for the Junior Iron Chef culinary competition late last month. The CVU team’s flatbread tacos won the crowd pleaser award, which goes to the team that best incorporates color, texture and taste for a true crowd-pleasing dish.

Members of the Champlain Valley Union High Chefhawks—(from left) David Roy, Kaitlyn Kaplan, Emily Gagnon, Morgan Schnell and team leader Eleanor Marsh—work on their dish for the Junior Iron Chef culinary competition late last month. The CVU team’s flatbread tacos won the crowd pleaser award, which goes to the team that best incorporates color, texture and taste for a true crowd-pleasing dish.

The Winning Recipe:

Flatbread Tacos
Flatbread: 1/2 cup mashed potatoes; 1 tablespoon yeast; 1 tablespoon honey; 1 teaspoon salt; 3/4 cup potato water, lukewarm; about 3 cups flour; 2 tablespoons olive oil
Topping: 1 yellow onion; 3 whole tomatoes; 1/4 cup cilantro; 1/4 cup olive oil; 1/4 cup lemon juice, or to taste; 1 cup corn; 6 vegetable sausages
Sauce: 4 tablespoons mayonnaise; 3 tablespoons lemon juice; 2 teaspoons hot sauce

For the flatbread:
Peel one large potato, cut into small pieces, place in salted water in saucepan and boil until very tender. Pour water into a measuring cup to cool to lukewarm. Mash potatoes and place in large bowl. Add yeast, honey, salt and lukewarm water. Mix. Once yeast has started to activate, add oil. Add just enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead dough a few times to make elastic. Let dough rest about 5 minutes. Divide dough into small individual sized portions and roll out.
Using a hot frying pan, spray with cooking oil and brown first one side and then the other of the bread, making certain that it is cooked through. Set aside and keep warm for topping and sauce.

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Local Olympians visit Williston students

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Observer photo by Stephanie Choate Olympic biathlete Susan Dunklee leads Williston Central School fifth and sixth graders in a biathlon demonstation during a visit to their classroom last week. The students followed Dunklee’s progress, as well as that of fellow Olympic visitor Hannah Dreissingacker, who also visited the classroom.

Observer photo by Stephanie Choate
Olympic biathlete Susan Dunklee leads Williston Central School fifth and sixth graders in a biathlon demonstation during a visit to their classroom last week. The students followed Dunklee’s progress, as well as that of fellow Olympic visitor Hannah Dreissingacker, who also visited the classroom.

April 10th, 2014

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
The day before Vermont Olympic biathletes Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee flew to Washington, D.C. to meet President Barack Obama, they met with some other illustrious dignitaries: Williston Central School students.
The athletes—who had just returned home from an overseas racing circuit—shared their Sochi experiences, answered the curious students’ questions and gave students a taste of what it’s like to compete in a biathlon race.
Dunklee, decked out in a multi-colored sweatshirt she acquired from a Russian volunteer, stood on a desk and instructed students to run in place as fast as they could. Then, she told them to stop, take some deep breaths, and try to steady their rifles—or, in this case, their extended index fingers and thumbs—and hit the target.
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PHOTOS: Pucker up porky

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Local resident Karen Allen told her church, the Williston Federated Church, that she would kiss a pig if they raised $400 for Heifer International. To date, church members have raised more than $650. True to her word, Allen lays a smooch on Spots the sow at Agricola Farms in Williston last Sunday.

Local resident Karen Allen told her church, the Williston Federated Church, that she would kiss a pig if they raised $400 for Heifer International. To date, church members have raised more than $650. True to her word, Allen lays a smooch on Spots the sow at Agricola Farms in Williston last Sunday.

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Town mulling match for Bruce Farm conservation

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One of the views from Bruce Farm.

One of the views from Bruce Farm.

 

April 10th, 2014

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
A large piece of farmland in southern Williston could be permanently conserved, provided the Selectboard authorizes the use of more than $200,000 from the town’s Environmental Reserve Fund.
The Williston Selectboard is considering a request to allocate $218,320 from the Environmental Reserve Fund to help purchase the development rights on the 146-acre Bruce Farm off Oak Hill Road, just south of Butternut Road. The fund currently has a balance of $475,131. The fund is used for the conservation and protection of land in Williston.
The town’s Conservation Commission and the Vermont Land Trust have been working together on the project, Senior Environmental Planner Jessica Demar told the board on Monday.
Last year, the Conservation Commission analyzed every single parcel in Williston, prioritizing the conservation value of each. The Bruce Farm property received the third-highest score out of all the parcels in town. [Read more...]

Commuters face rough roads ahead

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Cracked Road

A large crack on North Williston Road leads to a sign warning drivers of frost heaves. A cold and icy winter has wreaked havoc on roads statewide.

April 10th, 2014

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent
Ride ‘em cowboy!
Anyone who has driven along the roads of Williston, or anywhere else in Vermont for that matter, knows the frost heaves and potholes this early spring have wwmade a trip to the corner store feel like a ride on one of those mechanical bulls in a country and western bar.
This bumper crop of frost heaves, some of which might have been big enough to remove actual bumpers from cars, is one of the worst Williston Public Works Director Bruce Hoar has seen.
The good news: The end is near. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: Sugaring in Williston

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The warmer spring weather brought a busy week for Williston sugarers, after a late start to the season. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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Williston resident Leffler in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

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Williston resident Mitch Leffler is set to appear as Claudio in Vermont Commons School’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’  The play is set for April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Contois Auditorium in Burlington’s City Hall. There is a suggested donation of $5-$10. For more information, visit www.vermontcommons.org.

Williston resident Mitch Leffler is set to appear as Claudio in Vermont Commons School’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’
The play is set for April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Contois Auditorium in Burlington’s City Hall. There is a suggested donation of $5-$10.
For more information, visit www.vermontcommons.org.

Cabbage crown

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Williston resident Remy Schulz, a fourth grade student at The Renaissance School in Shelburne, was the Vermont winner of Bonnie Plant’s Third Grade Cabbage Program. Remy—pictured above (third from left) with (from left) Renaissance School Director and owner Lisa Zengilowski, Ryan Smith of Bonnie Plants, his younger brother Kai, and his parents, Marielle Goossens and Kurt Schulz—was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and framed certificate during an all-school assembly on March 28 at The Renaissance School.  Remy grew his huge, prize-winning cabbage (left) from a small starter plant that had been provided to each of the third graders at the school last spring.

Williston resident Remy Schulz, a fourth grade student at The Renaissance School in Shelburne, was the Vermont winner of Bonnie Plant’s Third Grade Cabbage Program. Remy—pictured above (third from left) with (from left) Renaissance School Director and owner Lisa Zengilowski, Ryan Smith of Bonnie Plants, his younger brother Kai, and his parents, Marielle Goossens and Kurt Schulz—was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and framed certificate during an all-school assembly on March 28 at The Renaissance School.
Remy grew his huge, prize-winning cabbage (left) from a small starter plant that had been provided to each of the third graders at the school last spring.

Williston resident Remy Schulz, a fourth grade student at The Renaissance School in Shelburne, was the Vermont winner of Bonnie Plant’s Third Grade Cabbage Program. Remy—pictured above (third from left) with (from left) Renaissance School Director and owner Lisa Zengilowski, Ryan Smith of Bonnie Plants, his younger brother Kai, and his parents, Marielle Goossens and Kurt Schulz—was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and framed certificate during an all-school assembly on March 28 at The Renaissance School.  Remy grew his huge, prize-winning cabbage (left) from a small starter plant that had been provided to each of the third graders at the school last spring.

Williston resident Remy Schulz, a fourth grade student at The Renaissance School in Shelburne, was the Vermont winner of Bonnie Plant’s Third Grade Cabbage Program. Remy—pictured above (third from left) with (from left) Renaissance School Director and owner Lisa Zengilowski, Ryan Smith of Bonnie Plants, his younger brother Kai, and his parents, Marielle Goossens and Kurt Schulz—was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and framed certificate during an all-school assembly on March 28 at The Renaissance School.
Remy grew his huge, prize-winning cabbage (left) from a small starter plant that had been provided to each of the third graders at the school last spring.

Seacoast champs

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The Nordic U13 Boys Premier soccer team recently won the Seacoast tournament in Epping, N.H., finishing the tournament undefeated. The team includes: Front row (from left) Liam Dillon of Williston, Harry Roddock, Andrew Wilkinson of Williston, Tyler Elias, Aidan Johnson of Williston, Colby Norton of Williston, Evan Lamothe. Back row (left to right) Mehdi Daoudi, Nate Sampson of Williston, Chase Mitchell of Williston, Jed Danforth, Nick Bleau, Ben Klein of Williston, Ekrem Hadzic, Jacob Blow, Nick Durieux of Williston and Cam Goodrich.

The Nordic U13 Boys Premier soccer team recently won the Seacoast tournament in Epping, N.H., finishing the tournament undefeated.
The team includes:
Front row (from left) Liam Dillon of Williston, Harry Roddock, Andrew Wilkinson of Williston, Tyler Elias, Aidan Johnson of Williston, Colby Norton of Williston, Evan Lamothe. Back row (left to right) Mehdi Daoudi, Nate Sampson of Williston, Chase Mitchell of Williston, Jed Danforth, Nick Bleau, Ben Klein of Williston, Ekrem Hadzic, Jacob Blow, Nick Durieux of Williston and Cam Goodrich.