July 2, 2016

Second undefeated year for CVU girls tennis

Observer file photo by Al Frey The girls tennis team, led by Kathy Joseph, celebrates a second undefeated season.

Observer file photo by Al Frey
The girls tennis team, led by Kathy Joseph, celebrates a second undefeated season.

By Amy deGroot

Special to the Observer

The Champlain Valley Union girls tennis team capped another undefeated season Thursday, June 2, with a narrow win against South Burlington, 4-3 in the finals of the team championships to become Vermont State Champions for a second year in a row.

It’s the seventh Vermont Division I State title the tennis team has landed in the past 10 years.

Two weeks prior, several members of the team had strong performances at the Vermont State Individuals Tournament, held May 19-21 in Warren, Vt. This tournament determines the strongest singles players and doubles teams in the state. [Read more…]

Williston Central School eighth graders graduate

The 8th grade chorus sings "100 Years" by Five for Fighting.

Observer photos by Al Frey
The 8th grade chorus sings “100 Years” by Five for Fighting.

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Students march in at the beginning of the ceremony.

(L-R) Alix Akey, Megan Laforce and Paker Soares deliver the class address

(L-R) Alix Akey, Megan Laforce and Paker Soares deliver the class address

CVU Graduates 2016

Observer photos by Al Frey Summer L. Bishop celebrates with her family after the ceremony.

Observer photos by Al Frey
Summer L. Bishop celebrates with her family after the ceremony.

Saint George

Liam E. Beliveau – won ACCESS CVU scholarship

Emilie M. Bernier

Erika I. Barth

Erica M. Bouton – North Country Community Service Award

Hender S. Dye

Hunter R. Hake

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Recreation and Parks

Adult Golf Clinics

Catamount Golf Center is offering group golf clinics. Proper grip, stance and swings will be covered. Join one or more as you progress through the skills and become a confident golfer. Instructor: Bill Boldwin, golf director. Ages 18 and up. Beginners and advanced beginners meet Tuesdays, June 21 to July 19, 6-7:30 p.m. Advanced beginners and intermediates meet Wednesdays, June 22 to July 20, 6-7:30 p.m. $140 per session.

Youth Golf Lessons

Catamount Golf Center is offering group lessons for children. Lessons will include developing a grip and set-up, full swing analysis and pitching, chipping and putting techniques. Basic rules and etiquette will also be taught.Instructor: Bill Boldwin, golf director. Ages 5-7, and adult presence is required. Tuesdays, July 12 to August 2, 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 8-11, Wednesdays, July 13 to August 3, 5-5:45 p.m. $80 per session.

Squirts Sports Camps [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Veteran’s medical expertise not to be underestimated

Thank you for the heartwarming story on the reunion of two Navy veterans (Observer, June 9). However, I must take issue with Mr. Wilson’s response when he was asked if he was a doctor and he replied “not even close.”

As a Navy physician who served six years on active-duty, I had the privilege of working closely with several hospital corpsman.

These heroes are in fact very close to being doctors. They work independently in some of the most challenging situations and frequently exhibit the kind of superior medical intuition, expert clinical skills and ingenuity that Mr. Wilson showed onboard the U.S.S. Gary. Mr. Wilson earned the title ‘Doc’ because he was exactly that.

Katherine A. Wayman, MD
Williston
[Read more…]

Guest Column: The 2016 legislature: a post-mortem

By John McClaughry

The 2016 legislative session is now history, and it’s worthwhile to assess its production. My criteria include preserving fiscal responsibility, advancing liberty, limiting government and thwarting various hungry special interests. The basic facts are readily available from the thorough reporting by VTDigger.org.

First, the legislature managed to balance the FY2017 General Fund budget, once again by raising taxes and fees by $28 million. Wary of any obvious tax and fee increases in election year, the tax committees found a convenient target – the mutual fund industry, almost entirely inhabited by out-of-staters. Hitting it up for $20.8 million closed most of the gap, without arousing Vermont taxpayers.

[Read more…]

Harvest Lane work through mid July

Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Notice Harvest Lane is a little slower than usual? That’s because, for the time being at least, construction crews will be taking over the roadway, filtering cars through while work on a public sidewalk continues.

Be ready to pause for S.D. Ireland, the company contracted by Williston, as they work on the sidewalks, (which are part of the Taft Corners Area Missing Pedestrian Link.) It is one of the ways the town is providing “full connectivity” between Route 2 and Marshall Avenue: with 1,600 feet of new sidewalk on the east side of Harvest Lane. [Read more…]

Governor appoints Williston resident to statewide committee

Eileen Casey

Eileen Casey

Governor Peter Shumlin appointed a Williston resident and WCAX-TV account executive to a statewide committee last month.

Eileen Casey was appointed to the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, according to a release from the committee.

“I’m deeply honored to be appointed to the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People With Disabilities, to help other people with disabilities find jobs and encourage businesses to hire Vermonters of all abilities in a barrier-free workplace through outreach and providing robust resources,” said Casey.

The committee promotes equal employment for all citizens in Vermont by helping advise the governor on current issues that affect employment of those with disabilities. They also work in developing partnerships across businesses, government and people with disabilities. Casey currently serves on the board of Friends of Stowe Adaptive, and the Burlington Boys and Girls Club.

In 2008, she was named “Advocate of the Year” by the Amputee Coalition of America for her advocacy work with people with disabilities.

Casey, formerly of Southridge, now lives on Governor Chittenden Road.

—Jess Wisloski, Observer staff

Ribbon cut on book-swap library at the playground

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski The Giurl Scouts of Troop 30374 cut the ribbon on their registered "little Free Library" on June 6 at Williston Central School.

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski
The Giurl Scouts of Troop 30374 cut the ribbon on their registered “little Free Library” on June 6 at Williston Central School.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

The playground might be a place where where people go to climb and swing, but the Girl Scouts are giving folks a way to get lost too — in a book that is.

Girl Scout Troop 30374 cut the ribbon on a “Little Free Library” last Friday, making it possible to double-duty when you’re at the Williston Central School playground, by also freshening up your book collection.

“It’s helpful if someone is watching their kids play, you can take a book and keep it and later come back and put another one back,” explained Bella Holmberg, one of the Scouts, about how it works. So while it takes the name of “library,” it’s really more of a weatherproof, public book-swap. [Read more…]

CVU tennis champs

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The Champlain Valley Union High School girls tennis team beat South Burlington 4-3 on June 2 in a down-to-the-wire contest in the finals for the second year in a row, becoming Vermont State Champions. Coach Amy deGroot weighs in on the season on page 15.

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