July 1, 2015

Mikell’s gem, hot bats put CVU into baseball semifinals

Observer photo by Al Frey Sam Mikell threw a no hitter during the quarterfinal game against Burr and Burton Academy, his second and the Redhawks’ fourth no hitter of the season.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Sam Mikell threw a no hitter during the quarterfinal game against Burr and Burton Academy, his second and the Redhawks’ fourth no hitter of the season.

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After two straight hot blowout victories in the postseason title chase, the Champlain Valley Union High baseball team had to chill for a day Tuesday. Its Division 1 semifinal contest against South Burlington High was postponed until Wednesday (Observer press time) due to rain and wet grounds.

The fifth-seeded Rebels came to Hinesburg carrying a 14-4 record and a narrow 2-1 season-opening victory over [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below provided by United Way or go to www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call 860-1677.


Women Helping Battered Women needs volunteers for its eighth annual Run for Empowerment, which supports programs against domestic abuse. Volunteers will help with set up, registration, refreshments, timing and clean up. June 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., on the Burlington Waterfront. Contact Caley Holden at 658-3131 or email [email protected] [Read more…]

Young Writers Project: Likes and dislikes; spring

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The Voice. YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If you would like to donate to YWP, go to youngwritersproject.org/support.

Like and dislikes


By Olivia Pintair

Grade 9, Emma Willard School
Hometown: Williston

Things I like:

1) I’ve fallen in love with the way rain sounds on a tin roof as if it were angry.

It hurtles from the air, single and separate, [Read more…]

Library Notes


The library is accepting donations of materials for its annual book sale through June 30. Sorry, the library cannot accept reference and travel books more than five years old, games, puzzles, condensed books (Reader’s Digest), magazines, textbooks, VHS, audio cassettes, encyclopedias, sheet music or maps. All materials must be clean, in good condition and dropped off when the library is open. You may ask for a tax receipt. Sign up now if you would like to volunteer for the sale.

Youth News

Superhero Parade and Summer Reading Kickoff with Champ

Saturday, June 20, 10:30 a.m. Meet Champ, the Vermont Lake Monsters mascot. Come dressed as a superhero and be part of our summer reading kickoff. Bring your pet or stuffed animal in a superhero costume. Face painting and Superhero Slime. All ages. [Read more…]

Academic Honors

Local students graduate

The following Williston and St. George residents graduated from their colleges and universities.

Emily Alexandra Asch graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

Halla Bates graduated from Bowdoin College with a major in anthropology and a minor in Spanish.

Calvin Thomas Benevento graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, accounting economics and economics from McDaniel College. [Read more…]

Shallow Water Blackout: Do you know what it is?

By Dean E. Haller

On May 20, Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed June as Shallow Water Blackout Awareness Month in honor of Vermonter Benjamin C. Haller.

Shallow Water Blackout is caused primarily by Hypoxic Training—rigorous hyperventilating and breath holding prior to submerging underwater. When the normal level of carbon dioxide in the blood stream is exceeded, which happens every few seconds, the brain receives a signal that it is time to breathe. This is why we don’t even give a second thought to breathing— it happens automatically.  [Read more…]

Around Town


The Environmental Protection Agency is wrapping up nearly six years of study at the Superfund site on Commerce Street, and plans to present its findings and recommendations to the public in July.

A plume containing high levels of compounds used to clean metals, including trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene, has contaminated groundwater beneath Commerce Street and South Brownell Road. The area became a federal Superfund site in 2005. Since all buildings in that area use the municipal water system, rather than wells, the EPA says there is little current health risk. [Read more…]

Moore promoted to sergeant

Josh Moore

Josh Moore

Williston Police Officer Joshua Moore is being promoted to patrol sergeant after a months-long process to identify an officer for the role.

Moore began at the Williston Police Department in 2008, after two years with the City of Saint Albans Police Department and two summers with the Burlington Police Department as a parks patrol officer. Moore graduated from Castleton State College with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice in 2006. [Read more…]

Safer crosswalks: Town to install three pedestrian rapid flash beacons

Observer photo by Stephanie Choate The town is looking to install a pedestrian rapid flash beacon at the crosswalk in front of the library, along with two other spots.

Observer photo by Stephanie Choate
The town is looking to install a pedestrian rapid flash beacon at the crosswalk in front of the library, along with two other spots.

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

The town is planning to install flashing lights at three Williston crosswalks to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the street.

The Selectboard on May 18 approved the Public Works’ Department’s request to allocate $40,000 from the capital budget to purchase and install three pedestrian rapid flash beacons in town. [Read more…]

Designs of the times

Proposed changes, board questions highlight need for updated bylaws

By Adam White
Observer correspondent

Design planning is meant to ensure development occurs within the spirit and character of a town. But in a town such as Williston that is in a near-perpetual state of change—largely due to development—those boundaries must at times be reconsidered.

Four proposed bylaw changes will be under consideration at a public hearing June 16, set for 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex, including the modification of required design elements in two of Williston’s zoning districts. In advance of that meeting, attendees at Tuesday’s Development Review Board meeting got to see how such requirements shape the town—and how the lines that get connected aren’t always straight. [Read more…]