October 20, 2014

Vermont’s birds threatened by global warming, new Audubon study reveals

Share

By the National Audubon Society

Global warming threatens the survival of nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada, including many of Vermont’s birds, warn National Audubon Society scientists in a groundbreaking new study released in September. Local birds at risk include the black-throated blue warbler, bobolink, common loon, hermit thrush and white-throated sparrow. [Read more...]

Around Town

Share

Town not sending water line flyer
A flyer sent to some Williston homeowners about their water line responsibilities is not affiliated with the town, said Assistant Public Works Director Lisa Sheltra. It is an advertising flyer from the company HomeServe. [Read more...]

Town may aid in Burlington COTS effort

Share

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
The town has set a public hearing to consider a slightly unorthodox, though not unheard of, grant application request to help address homelessness in Vermont.
The Committee on Temporary Shelter, known as COTS, last winter approached Williston to see if the town would apply for a grant to help it build a facility in Burlington.
Town Manager Rick McGuire said that the services the project would provide are regional in nature. While it doesn’t happen often, this would not be the first time the town has been a grant applicant for a project that is regionally beneficial, though not specific to Williston. [Read more...]

Grazers restaurant opens in Maple Tree Place

Share
The newly opened restaurant Grazers features a variety of locally sourced burgers like the Green Mountain Burger pictured above, which is topped with Highgate Creamery Boucher Blue cheese, maple glazed bacon, arugula, pickled onion and tomatoes.

The newly opened restaurant Grazers features a variety of locally sourced burgers like the Green Mountain Burger pictured above, which is topped with Highgate Creamery Boucher Blue cheese, maple glazed bacon, arugula, pickled onion and tomatoes.

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Williston’s newest restaurant is off to a busy start, serving up burgers featuring local meat, specialty toppings and house-made buns.
“The reception has been really great from everybody,” said co-owner Sam Handy, Jr.
The restaurant opened quietly on Sept. 30, a Tuesday, and by Saturday the place was packed, with a 40-minute wait for a table. [Read more...]

Looking back at a town tradition

Share
AnythingGoes1

This photo of (from left) Bob Neale, Al Myers, Jim McCullough and Luis Quiroz appeared in the November 1987 edition of the Williston Whistle after the first Almost Anything Goes Variety Show. ‘The evening proved to be a cheerful reminder of the benefits of living in a small town,’ Diane Goodrich wrote of the event.

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

In days gone by, the arrival of October in Williston would have meant the time had come for the hotly anticipated town-wide talent show.
From 1987-91, Williston was the home of the annual “Almost Anything Goes Variety Show,” where residents performed their finest plays, songs and bits. [Read more...]

Keeping seniors out of the hospital

Share

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent

Whitney Hill Homestead, along with about 120 senior housing sites in Vermont, has redoubled efforts to keep people out of hospitals, away from critical care facilities and out of medical debt.
A state health program called Support and Services At Home, or SASH, is saving a ton of money on Medicare expenses and keeping seniors out of hospitals, according to state health officials.
SASH, started three years ago, is voluntary for anybody in senior or assisted housing who wants to use it. [Read more...]

Walking to end Alzheimer’s

Share

 

Observer courtesy photo Staff of TLC Nursing Associates, a local home care company, hands out water and snacks to walkers during the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held Sept. 21 at Shelburne Museum. Approximately 750 walkers took part, raising more than $140,000.

Staff of TLC Nursing Associates, a local home care company, hands out water and snacks to walkers during the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held Sept. 21 at Shelburne Museum. Approximately 750 walkers took part, raising more than $140,000.

[Read more...]

Local painters honored

Share

 

ALLEN.CLOUDS OVER CHARLOTTE

Two Williston artists were among those honored by Jeffersonville’s Bryan Memorial Gallery for its 2014 Land and Light and Water and Air exhibition. Phil Laughline won second place for his oil painting ‘Cook’s Cove’ (top).

[Read more...]

PHOTOS: Volleyball interest spikes

Share
CVU’s girls volleyball team won its match against Harwood last Tuesday 3 sets to 0.

CVU’s girls volleyball team won its match against Harwood last Tuesday 3 sets to 0.

[Read more...]

PHOTOS: CVU Field Hockey vs. Burlington

Share
Senior defender Kathryn Asch sends the ball out of harm’s way during Saturday’s game against Burlington.  (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Senior defender Kathryn Asch sends the ball out of harm’s way during Saturday’s game against Burlington. (Observer courtesy photo)

[Read more...]