October 31, 2014

Football playoffs at stake Friday at St. Albans

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Quarterback Jake Evans sparked a comeback in last weekend’s win against Bennington. (Observer file photo by Al Frey)

Quarterback Jake Evans sparked a comeback in last weekend’s win against Bennington. (Observer file photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The imaginary football playoff bells will be tolling—pleasurably or painfully—Friday night in St. Albans after 3-4 Champlain Valley Union High clashes in the regular season finale with 3-4 Bellows Free Academy with playoff seeding at stake.
The two foes had differing outcomes last weekend. CVU went to Bennington and used a huge fourth quarter rally to pull out a 33-20 victory over underdog Mount Anthony Union High. [Read more...]

Districts next for CVU cross country runners

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Last weekend, they took (so to speak) Manhattan. This weekend, the Champlain Valley Union High running Redhawks will be out to take the districts.
The cross country teams Saturday will compete in the Northern Vermont Athletic Council (NVAC) district meet at Missisquoi Valley Union High in Swanton. [Read more...]

Unbeaten CVU soccer girls at Mt. Mansfield Friday

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Audrey Allegretta scored with less than two minutes remaining in a nail-biter against Essex on Saturday.

Audrey Allegretta scored with less than two minutes remaining in a nail-biter against Essex on Saturday.

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Just one game remains between the undefeated Champlain Valley Union High girls’ soccer team and a second straight perfecto regular season. Still, coach Stan Williams believes, in the wake of Tuesday’s 1-0 home blanking of Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans, there is some practice work to be done. [Read more...]

HUB Happenings

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GMCS & Green Mountain Flagging move headquarters to Williston
Green Mtn. Concert Services, Inc. and Green Mountain Flagging, LLC recently announced they’re moving their united headquarters from Essex to Williston. The growth that the companies have experienced over the past several years has created a need for additional training and office space and the new location—1 Wentworth Drive off James Brown Drive—provides plenty of both. They will move to the new location by Nov. 1.
“The training and ongoing coaching of our employees is what allows us to provide quality protective services that separates us from our competitors and our new facility provides the space for us to keep our growing training and professional development department in-house, which also allows us to meet our goals more efficiently,” said GMCS/GMF President, CEO, Kevin W. Cheney. [Read more...]

The Hub: New PrimeLending team moves into Williston

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By Heleigh Bostwick
Observer correspondent
PrimeLending, a national mortgage financing company, hired senior loan officer Heather Torre to head up a second team of loan officers at its Williston office on Blair Park Road.
“PrimeLending was looking for a person to grow the team,” Torre said. “It was a great opportunity for me to take my business to the next level.” [Read more...]

The Hub: The Richards Group opens Williston branch office

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By Heleigh Bostwick
Observer correspondent
The Richards Group, an insurance and financial services company with offices in southern Vermont and New Hampshire, has opened a branch office in Williston.
Williston resident Rob Stokes heads up the new office, which is located in the old red brick house across from the State Police barracks on Route 2A.
“This is the furthest north we’ve had an employee benefits office,” said Stokes, director of operations-employee benefits for The Richards Group. “Most of our clients are in the southern part of the state. We chose this location because of its easy access to the highway.” [Read more...]

Library Notes

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Did you know that the library …
…has classes to teach people how to use their online library account, library databases, access e-books and e-audio and more? Or, we can offer you our undivided one-on-one attention? You can call the library and set up a private appointment with library staff anytime or with our teen tech tutor twice a month. [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor

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Fruit fly remedy
I wonder if other people are bothered with fruit flies this fall? We seem to have more than usual. I buy apples, bananas, lemons, cantaloupe, pears and leave in a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter.
I have begun to wash all the fruit when I first bring it home rather than just before using it to see if this makes a difference. [Read more...]

GUEST COLUMN: Charting the future of Efficiency Vermont

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By Jim Merriam
Efficiency Vermont was created in the year 2000 to help Vermont homes and businesses reduce their use of electricity. At a larger level, we work in partnership with all of Vermont’s traditional utilities to help reduce strain on the electric system and defer the need for expensive investments in new power plants and transmission lines. [Read more...]

A look at Chittenden County State Senate candidates

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Observer staff report
On Election Day—which falls on Tuesday, Nov. 4—residents will be asked to select six state senators to represent Chittenden County from a pool of 13 candidates.
The Williston Observer asked the 13 candidates to respond to a brief questionnaire, keeping their answers to the final set of questions to 125 words or less. Their responses have been edited only for grammar, punctuation and length. [Read more...]