March 29, 2015

2015 Williston Kids Day Door Prize Winners Announced


Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors and exhibitors who made Williston Kids Day possible!

$25 gift certificate courtesy of Just Dancing Gardens and Greenhouse
Dylan LeBlanc

Vermont Custom Hardwoods Serving Board courtesy of Life 180 (a $135 value!)
Rob Gregory, Essex Jct.

Camelbak Kids Water Bottle and $20 gift card courtesy of Natural Provisions
Paula and Delainy Leblanc

2015 Produce Pass from Adams Farm Market (a $30 value!)
Jamie Rainville, North Ferrisburgh

$50 gift card to Once Upon A Child
Samantha Bates, Williston


Williston Food Shelf Raffle Winners

Tomato Success Grow Kit from Gardner’s Supply 
Ginger Morton, Williston

Colorforms game from Buttered Noodles
Lana Walden, Williston

Large Pizza from Williston House of Pizza
Williston Fire Dept. (Prescott Nadeau)

1/4 Sheet cake (gift card) from Hannaford’s
Keriann Oleary, Essex Junction

$25 Gift card from Shaw’s
Christine Allaire, Williston

$25 Gift card from Shaw’s
Chris Corron


See you next year!



PHOTOS: CVU Girls Division 1 basketball championship



CVU Women's BB_173 Div 1 Fnl 03-10

Redhawk Amari Boyd leaps for the basket during Tuesday’s title game against Essex High. CVU won its third consecutive title 41-23, with five of those points coming from Boyd. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “Focus” Deceptively Entertaining




Deceptively Entertaining

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


Nitpickers who pride themselves on finding the flaws in films needn’t pat themselves on the back too heartily for citing the Swiss cheese plot that comprises “Focus,” a glittery con caper that’s lots of fun despite its rampant implausibility. There are enough leaps of faith in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s stylish flimflam flick to start its own religion. But its biggest deception is getting us to accept slick and snazzy for true beguilement. Like the kid who knows gramps isn’t really pulling quarters from his ears, we delight in the bamboozlement all the same. [Read more...]


Betty Marshall

Betty Marshall

Betty J. Marshall
Betty J. Marshall, 80, passed away in the comfort of her family at the Vermont Respite House in Williston on Wednesday evening, March 4, 2015. Born in Waterbury Center on Feb. 16, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ida (Barnes) Sweetser. On Oct. 31, 1954 she married John M. Marshall in Waterbury Center.
Betty was a 1953 graduate of Waterbury High School. Following her marriage she was happy and busy as a homemaker and raising her family. With her children in school, Betty worked for several years for the Hot Lunch Program at Williston Central School. She then went on to be employed at O’Brien’s Town and Country Store in Williston for over 30 years. Betty truly loved working at the store; the customers, the bustle, and the long lasting friendships. She retired on July 1, 2014. [Read more...]

Essential legal documents


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What kinds of legal documents are suggested for end-of-life plans? I would like to get my affairs in order before it’s too late.   
Getting Old

Dear Getting,
Every adult—especially seniors—should have at least four essential legal documents to protect them and their family. These documents will make sure your wishes regarding your estate are legal and clear, and will help minimize any conflicts and confusion with your family and your health care providers if you become seriously ill or when you die. Here are the key documents you need, along with some tips to help you create them. [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Where is our sap?


By Ginger Isham

From March 1 until the middle of April, the sugar maker would get up on a warm day after a freezing night and say, “Guess the sap will run today.” Those are magic words. The sap finally started running this week. With the anticipation that I will have maple syrup my first recipe, other than pancakes, will be maple bread pudding served with whipped cream and a little of the new syrup drizzled on top.

Maple Bread Pudding
7 slices of bread
3 cups milk, scalded
2/3 cup maple syrup
2 eggs, beaten
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins [Read more...]

Third straight title for CVU basketball girls


By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
For the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team, Tuesday night was just another early March evening at the office.
Well, that is if you are in the annual state crown business.
And coach Ute Otley’s Redhawks are very much in that business.
The task before them Tuesday was putting the lid on a third consecutive Division 1 championship, a third undefeated season in a row, and their Division 1 record-setting 71st consecutive victory. [Read more...]

A Guide to Williston Kids Day


Indoor event designed to beat the winter doldrums, raise money for local food shelf
With plenty of winter weather and lots of mud still ahead of us, local families are looking for a fun indoor event to help them fend off cabin fever.
The Williston Observer is partnering with New England Federal Credit Union to present the second annual Williston Kids Day, a community event designed to provide a day of fun and information for local families.
The event is set for Saturday, March 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Williston Central School. All activities will be held indoors. Admission is free, with a suggested $1 donation per person to benefit the Williston Community Food Shelf.
The food shelf will also be selling raffle tickets for some great prizes. [Read more...]

Library Notes


For Adults and Kids
Heliand Consort: A Brick Church Concert Benefitting the Friends of the Library
Friday, March 13, 7 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance. A woodwind trio will perform engaging classical music, from baroque through 20th century. Opening music by cellist Ben Kulp and art by Dan Donnelly.
Saturday, March 14, 12 p.m. A memoir of the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. Oscar and Golden Globe winner for Best Actor. Snacks provided. PG 13.
Geek the Library Photo Booth
Mondays after 4 p.m. Come get your photo taken while sharing with us what you geek. Whatever you geek (to love, to enjoy, to have a passion for), serious or fun, Dorothy Alling Library supports you. [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor


Thank you, Akes’
I write this with a strong sense of respect and appreciation when I mention how sorry I am that Akes’ Old Brick Tavern has closed. This community has been extraordinarily fortunate to have the tavern a part of our community. In the two years they were open, Akes’ Tavern hired my children and their friends allowing them to earn money and learn new valuable skills and lessons. It was a place where, after a long week, I could sit and have good conversation with friends and family.
Being part of our community was how they did business, donating proceeds back to our community school as well as offering their building for town meetings or private functions. These are the kinds of businesses we need more of in Williston. Without them, we would not be the community we are today.
Thank you Akes’ for BEING a part of this community. We wish you all the best!
The Caminiti Family