March 23, 2017

Combined girls hockey falls in Div. I quarters

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

BFA-St. Albans, the No. 4 school in the division, scored two late goals to knock off No. 5 Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the Division I girls hockey playoffs on Friday night in St. Albans. [Read more…]

CVU girls basketball begins title defense

Observer file photo by Al Frey Girls basketball coach Ute Otley watches on as Jaime Vachon plays Rice on Feb. 20.

Observer file photo by Al Frey
Girls basketball coach Ute Otley watches on as Jaime Vachon plays Rice on Feb. 20.

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley girls basketball team will start its title defense a little lower down on the Vermont Principals’ Association bracket, but just a tiny bit lower. [Read more…]

Vermont Kids Day set for Saturday, March 18

Williston Observer photo by Jess Wisloski Fun activities designed for kids — all indoors — Vermont Kids Day March 18.

Williston Observer photo by Jess Wisloski
Fun activities designed for kids — all indoors — Vermont Kids Day March 18.

Indoor fun at the Sheraton Burlington

The fourth annual Vermont Kids Day will be held at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. All activities will be held indoors and new this year, the show has more space on two floors with activities in the Exhibition Hall and the Diamond Ballroom. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

The Rec Department would like to thank the people who volunteered in the Youth Basketball Programs this season. Youth Basketball Coaches; Rick Musgrave, Tim O’Brien, Jamie Falkenbush, Chad Curtis, Brian Ricca, Brendan Leonard, Hannah Castle, Devon Rogers, Lynn Reagan, Ted Sisson, Bob Russell, Joe Jovel, Zach Wyman, Peter Yandow, Samantha Nalette, Cole Sampson, Adam Bunting, Sandi Sumner, Glenn Steinman, Byron Batres, Matt Lehman, Aron Merrill, John Hawkins, Jason Dubois, Mark Peryea, Dominguss Paliling, Jeff Audette, Chris Scott, Shawn Skaflestad, Andy Duback, Adam Sicard, Stacey Matthews, Travis Whitmore, Matt Palmer and Ben Oxender. Thank you to Larry and Eric Lackey for volunteering to referee the 5th/6th grade games each Saturday. Thank you to those parents we may have forgotten or who helped out in other ways this season. [Read more…]

Academic Honors

The following Williston and St. George area students were recently honored at their respective colleges or universities.

President’s List [Read more…]

Guest Column: Is affection for and connection with the presidency a relic of the past?

By Edwin Cooney

Over the years, it seems that these pages are loaded with my personal confessions, so I guess one more confession won’t hurt. I’m as much a romantic as I am an academician. I have a tendency to fall in love with an odd mixture of people and institutions. [Read more…]

Williston’s secret, overgrown parks

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski A VELCO entry point to Brownell Mountain off Lincoln Road.

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski
A utility entry point to Brownell Mountain on private land, off Lincoln Road.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

The town of Williston, which is currently engaged in a process with the Trust for Public Land to claim ownership of the mountain bike and walking trails at Catamount Outdoor Family Center, is sitting on a great big secret.

[Editor’s note: Story was updated as of March 14, 2017, clarifying or correcting some of the originally published information.] [Read more…]

National politics trump local at Town Meeting

Observer photo by Al Frey Barbara Greene brings a motion before the assembly to have the Town of Williston support a requirement for potential presidential candidates to produce an income tax return before being placed on the ballot.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Barbara Greene brings a motion before the assembly to have the Town of Williston support a requirement for potential presidential candidates to produce an income tax return before being placed on the ballot.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Frustration over the presidential race of last November bubbled over into Town Meeting this March, and even altered the destiny and outcome of Williston’s annual meeting, held to discuss issues of importance to community members. [Read more…]

CVU Gymnastics

CVU boys hockey