August 16, 2017

Lake Iroquois homes to get environmental overhaul

Observer file photo The landscape around six adjacent homes on Lake Iroquois will be revamped this summer for sediment and phosphorous control to improve the water quality in the lake.

Observer file photo
The landscape around six adjacent homes on Lake Iroquois will be revamped
this summer for sediment and phosphorous control to improve the water
quality in the lake.

Six homes along Lake Iroquois in Hinesburg will receive a shoreland restoration overhaul thanks to a grant from the Vermont Clean Water Initiative, managed by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District.

The project will install new landscape designs to reduce sediment and phosphorus loading in the 243-acre lake that straddles the Williston and Hinesburg town line.

Site work at the homes will address sediment and phosphorous loading in the lake, which the State of Vermont currently rates as in “fair” condition.

Each participating property will undergo an analysis to identify sources of sediment and phosphorous runoff into the lake. Then, a landscape designer will design plans for each property to treat stormwater runoff, repair eroded shorelines and restore natural buffers.

After landowner approval, the designs will be installed.

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District seeks more landowners interested in conducting shoreland and riparian habitat restoration projects on their property. More information is available at winooskinrcd.org or by email at info@winooskinrcd.org.

Utilities spur Vermonters to turn over new ‘Leaf’

The Vermont Electric Cooperative and Green Mountain Power are partnering with automaker Nissan to encourage Vermonters to purchase the all-electric Leaf with a $10,000 rebate. [Read more…]

Summer stage at CVU

Observer courtesy photo Students prepare Tuesday for the Aug. 11-13 run of “The Lion King” at CVU.

Observer courtesy photo
Students prepare Tuesday for the Aug. 11-13 run of “The Lion King” at CVU.

Students prepare for first-ever summer musical, ‘The Lion King’

By Jason Starr

Observer staff [Read more…]

SD Ireland advances to semis

SD Ireland's Tyler Skaflestad makes a nice play at second base during their game vs the Colchester Cannons on Wednesday the 5th.

SD Ireland’s Tyler Skaflestad makes a nice play at second base during their game vs the Colchester Cannons on Wednesday the 5th.

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The odds were stacked against the SD Ireland legion baseball team on Tuesday at the Vermont legion state tournament.

Facing the top seed in a tournament the SD Ireland barely snuck into — and already having one loss in the double-elimination format — the team smoked the Colchester Cannons 16-2 to advance.

[Read more…]

Little Leaguers vie for state title

Wyatt Wolpert takes a cut during the Williston Little League 11-12 All Stars game with Shelburne on Sunday the 9th.

Wyatt Wolpert takes a cut during the Williston Little League 11-12 All Stars game with Shelburne on Sunday the 9th.

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The age 11 and 12 Williston All-Star baseball team is still alive in the Vermont Little League state championship tournament. [Read more…]

How to choose the right type of walker

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I know there are different types of walkers. How do you choose? [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Summer camps

There are three weeks left of camp offerings and still time to register. Registration closes on the Thursday before the start date of each camp or session. Registration closes Thursdays at midnight online and 4:30 p.m. in the rec department office. Check the rec department website for details and to register (willistonrec.org).

[Read more…]

Garlic lovers are smiling

By Lucy McCullough 

Fresh garlic is so good, and it is time to start harvesting this year’s garlic planted and anticipated since last October. I like to roast garlic while the oven is in use baking potatoes for dinner. After the garlic is cool enough to handle, I like to prepare the vinaigrette below or store in the refrigerator to mash and add a clove or two to double baked potatoes, mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.

[Read more…]

Gun club, selectboard work toward new agreement

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Williston Selectboard tabled a noise ordinance change Tuesday that would have imposed a limit on the number of Saturday shooting events at the North Country Sportsman’s Club in favor of renewed negotiations on a voluntary agreement. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Allowing illegal votes is voter suppression

By Rob Roper

We can all agree that barring someone who is eligible to vote from doing so is a grave injustice. It robs a citizen in our representative republic of their voice in the process of governance. This is unacceptable. [Read more…]