May 29, 2016

EPA clears two water sites in Essex and Winooski of toxins

Results that were released last Thursday showed that preliminary tests of private water supplies in two former wire-coating facilities in Essex and Winooski showed no presence of the harmful chemicals PFOA and PFOS, according to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s office.

The two sites were former locations of local wire coating and cable extrusion companies Belden Wire & Cable in Essex and Super-Temp Wire and Cable in Winooski, and were part of a group of 11 sites statewide that were named by the administration in March as being priority locations for testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [Read more…]

Pooped out

VNA Fun Run_100 07May16Observer photo by Al Frey

Sam Bissonette, 23, ran the 5K Fun Run & Jiggety Jog, and even took the time to clean up after her running partner, on Saturday, May 7, at Allen Brook School. More than $43,500 was raised for Vermont Respite House.

Court appearances

HymanObserver photo by Al Frey [Read more…]

CVU Girls lacrosse sticks it to Burlington

Observer photo by Al Frey Hannah Bernier, an attacker, receives a pass.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Hannah Bernier, an attacker, receives a pass.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

It took only 10 minutes for CVU’s girls lacrosse team to set up the dynamics of its May 6 game against Burlington High School. That’s how long it took them to take the lead with six goals, right at the start of the game. They handily won, 17-3 last Friday at home. [Read more…]

Getting to the roots of Arbor Day


Ella Kenney digs a hole along Allen Brook.

Observer courtesy photo

Last Thursday, students from Williston Central School’s seventh-grade Full House class set out to add to the natural beauty of the area in celebration of Arbor Day. The students planted willow, cottonwood, paper birch and box elder along Allen Brook in the area off Barrett Lane.

[Read more…]

Mock crash held at CVU

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski A mock crash was held May 5 at CVU with the help of the Shelburne Police and Hinesburg Fire Department.

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski
A mock crash was held May 5 at CVU with the help of the Shelburne Police and Hinesburg Fire Department.

Connecting Youth urges parents to discuss destructive behaviors before prom

Students at Champlain Valley Union High School participated in a mock car crash on Thursday, May 5, carried out with the help of local law enforcement and emergency services. Juniors and seniors were given the opportunity to attend the mock crash, a dramatic reenactment that focuses on the tragedies that can result from impaired and distracted driving, according to a release from Connecting Youth (CY), which organized the event.  [Read more…]

School Notes

Top teachers wanted

The state is seeking nominations for the 2017 Vermont Teacher of the Year award, and invites the public and educators statewide to nominate teachers for this prestigious distinction. Nominations can be submitted through the end of May, and only basic information is needed in order to submit a nomination: the submitter’s information, the nominee’s name, school and a short overview of what makes that person an extraordinary teacher. The year’s winner becomes an advocate for teachers, students and the statewide education system. To be considered for the Vermont Teacher of the Year program, a teacher should hold a current Vermont teaching license, have at least five years of teaching experience and be employed by a public, private or approved independent school in the state. For more information, visit [Read more…]

Green is the color of community spirit

Observer photos by Al Frey

Residents from the town of Williston came out in force on Green Up Day last Saturday and scoured the roadsides for trash. Town officials said 525 of the official green Green Up bags were handed out to 374 people who signed up. Refreshments were donated by Hannaford Supermarkets, Bagels Plus, Starbucks [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for more information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Find more information at

Are you missing the library e-newsletters, notices for overdue items or items ready to pick up?

Email services are constantly refining their spam filter. It is very difficult to differentiate what is and isn’t spam “automagically” so there are times when legitimate email is marked as spam. [Read more…]

Young Writers Project

Observer Photo by Sonya-Cheney An olive-cream cheese bagel.

Observer Photo by Sonya-Cheney
An olive-cream cheese bagel.

Green Olives are Nice, Right?

By Olivia Mead

CVU, Williston resident

I know most people don’t think of Olivia when they think of an olive tree, but I do. I think about how I wish my name meant anything else. I think of hope, happiness, belief, wisdom and faith. Those words all give meaning to seemingly meaningless titles of ourselves.

I think of names that look better than mine does. Names that are more even-looking. They don’t slide down across the page like they’re late for their first day of school.

[Read more…]