July 26, 2016

How Medicare handles second medical opinions

Dear Savvy Senior,

Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? The doctor I currently see thinks I need back surgery, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. What can you tell me? 

— Searching Senior [Read more…]

Stowe Brewers Festival supports Pride Center

Observer courtesy photo The Stowe Brewers Festival takes place in Stowe July 29 and 30.

Observer courtesy photo
The Stowe Brewers Festival takes place in Stowe July 29 and 30.

The Stowe Brewers Festival is back for the second year – bigger, better, brewier – adding a third session and featuring more than 40 craft brewers from Vermont and across New York and New England, live music, more than a dozen food trucks, Vermont spirits, cider makers and more. The festival will also feature free workshops and demonstrations and a wide variety of specialty food and product vendors. [Read more…]

Open Letter from Local Motion

Friend—

You live in Williston. You love biking, walking and being active. And — tell me if I’m right — you’ve got a running list of all the things you’d love to change right now to make Williston better and safer for walking and biking.  [Read more…]

Bringing electric school buses to Williston: counting the dollars and cents

Observer contributed photo An average gas-pwered school bus that carries 72 students costs about $85,000, while an electric school bus from the Lion Bus Co. (Above) costs about $350,000

Observer contributed photo
An average gas-pwered school bus that carries 72 students costs about $85,000, while an electric school bus from the Lion Bus Co. (Above) costs about $350,000

By Brian Forrest

Special to the Observer

We’ve all seen them. We even arrange our day to avoid being caught behind them: the big yellow buses that take our kids to and from school, part of the transportation sector that accounts for a full third of Vermont’s energy use. To reach our state’s goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050, we will need to move from fossil-fueled vehicles to much lower-carbon options, such as electric vehicles, as fast as we can. How fast is that, given available technology and school budget constraints? [Read more…]

Connecting the drops: Using rain barrels at home

GREENPIX-CROPTIGHT!rainbarrelBy Grant Taylor

Special to the Observer

The fresh summer rains nourish our gardens and fill our groundwater sources. During summer downpours  it is the perfect time to capture that water for later use and cut back on the toll we’re taking on municipal systems — and it’s free, it’s clean and there’s plenty of it. [Read more…]

Williston history books bundled for sale

Observer courtesy photo Richard Allen (l) of the Williston Historical Society and Shannon Hiltner of the Friends of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library with a packet of books on the history of Williston.

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Richard Allen (l) of the Williston Historical Society and Shannon Hiltner of the Friends of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library with a packet of books on the history of Williston.

Three book focusing on the history of Williston are being offered for sale at the Independence Day  Book Sale. “The History of Williston Central School, 1950-2000” (hardcover), “Thomas Chittenden’s Town: A Story of Williston, Vermont” by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra, (hardcover), and “A History of the Town of Williston,” published by the Historical Committee in 1913 can be purchased at $25 for all three, a significant cost savings.

The books will also be available at the Fourth of July book sale at Williston Central School. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the historical society and the Friends of the Library. Anyone interested in volunteering on Saturday or Sunday for the book sale, see “Events” on page 19 for details on shifts and library needs.

Town t-shirt

July 4th t-shirts, designed by Ashley Beauregard, of Colchester-based Upward Lift screenprinting, will be on sale Sunday evening at the Village Green, as well as after the parade on Monday and prior to the fireworks.

T-shirts are $10 each.

Fourth of July traffic

The Town of Williston is making an early notification of a road closure and detour on July 4.  From about 9:30 a.m. and lasting about two hours, Williston Road (Route 2) will be closed to through traffic between Southridge Road and Gov. Chittenden Road due to the annual Independence Day Parade. 

This affects access to the village area to include the intersection of North Williston/Oak Hill/Williston Rd. 

Traffic will be detoured around and officers/signage will be in place during this time. Please avoid this area and find a suitable detour to reach your destination during this time.  For those traveling from the south to attend, Hinesburg’s Fourth of July parade will shut down traffic on Route 116 from 10: 45 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting at CVU Road and reaching to the southern part of the village, the town clerk said.

Williston’s Independence Day schedule of events

SUNDAY, JULY 3

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. — Library book sale

Williston Central School Gym

[Read more…]

Celebrating Williston on the Fourth

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Williston’s Fourth of July celebration has arrived. The theme for this year’s festivities is “Celebrate Williston!” and no doubt such enjoyment will be in effect over the July 4th weekend. [Read more…]