January 27, 2015

Hockey six to meet Essex

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Oscar Kelly goes against a Rice player on Dec. 27. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Oscar Kelly goes against a Rice player on Dec. 27. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team’s winning string got snapped Wednesday with a 4-1 defeat at the sticks of 7-1-2 South Burlington High playing at Cairns Arena as the Rebels’ home contest.

 Cam Rivard gave the Redhawks a 1-0 lead but South Burlington then found the net four times, despite Greg Talbert’s 20 stops in the CVU nets.

Next up, the Redhawks will return to Cairns Saturday (1:05 p.m.) to meet rival Essex High, which has a scintillating 8-0-2 record. [Read more...]

CVU basketball boys take win streak to Colchester Friday 

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Rayne Supple makes a drive to the basket during a Jan. 3 game against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans, which the Redhawks best 51-31. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Rayne Supple makes a drive to the basket during a Jan. 3 game against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans, which the Redhawks best 51-31. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Their season-opening five-game losing string in the rear view mirror, the Champlain Valley Union High boys roundball five travels to Colchester High Friday (7 p.m.) to try and extend their current three-game victory streak.

Then it will be a week off until a trip to Spaulding High in Barre the following Friday. [Read more...]

CVU varsity hoop girls now 8-0

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Redhawk Lia Gagliuso fights for a loose ball during last Friday's game against Spaulding. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Redhawk Lia Gagliuso fights for a loose ball during last Friday’s game against Spaulding. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Of their eight straight victories this season, there has been just one on the friendly Bremner Gymnasium hardwood surface for the Champlain Valley Union High girls’ basketball Redhawks.

Now the home folks can get in on more of the action. Coach Ute Otley and her crew have upcoming home contests against 7-2 Rice Memorial High Thursday (7 p.m.) and Mount Abraham Union Saturday (12:30 p.m.).

The Redhawks, who have lodged 55 consecutive victories, got past Rice 47-35 Dec. 19 on the Knights’ home court. Rice has been CVU’s championship game foe the last two title seasons.

Since that early campaign triumph, which made their record 4-0 at the time, the Redhawks have emerged with thumbs up from Bellows free Academy in St. Albans (46-29) and North Country Union (48-38) before taking the home opener last Friday over Spaulding High, 69-34. [Read more...]

Titles and loss mark the 2014 sports year

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Compiled  by Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

CVU community loses Kevin Riell

Champlain Valley Union High School’s 2014 sports year ended on a sad note. Activities Director Kevin Riell died unexpectedly while attending an athletic directors’ conference in Washington, D.C. Riell, 56, had been at CVU since 1986.

“The CVU co-curricular program is this highly-functional huge family…and Kevin will forever be known as its patriarch,” Principal Jeff Evans said.

More than 600 people attended a memorial event on Saturday for Riell at the school. Other schools marked Riell’s passing by wearing CVU colors at their own home games. [Read more...]

Looking back at the top stories of 2014

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By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Vermont Gas Pipeline construction begins

Construction in Williston began in July on the Vermont Gas Addison Rutland Natural Gas project.

Crews set up a staging area for the project in March, located at the former Williston Driving Range site. All materials and piping for the project will go through the staging area.

The project, brought before the town in 2012, will bring natural gas from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes through an underground high-pressure pipeline, passing through Essex, Williston, St. George and Hinesburg. The pipeline will roughly follow the route of the defunct Circumferential Highway. [Read more...]

Obituary

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SUSAN C. HEINS

Susan C. Heins, daughter of Raymond J. and Grace B. Newton, died on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Susan is survived by her children, Susanne Wernecke of Barnet, Marianna Heins-Loy and husband, Stephen Loy, of Richmond, Ky., John Heins and wife, Doris Hohle-Heins, of Stafford, Va., and Thomas Heins and wife, Lisa Heins, of Essex Junction, Vt.; grandchildren, Gregory Wernecke and Jesslyn Needre, Jonathan and Jennifer Heins, Andrew and Eric Hohle, Thomas and Sara Loy, and Samuel T. Heins; and her only surviving sibling, Edna Newhall of Danville, Ky. Susan was predeceased by her siblings, Wilbur, [Read more...]

Little Details: Make it a good year

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By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

2015: Make it a good year

“1937 New Year Greeting” by May Sarton

The earth feels old tonight

And we who live and stand on the cold rim

Face a new year.

It is raining everywhere

As if the rain were mercy,  [Read more...]

Our Cuba policy

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By Sen. Patrick Leahy

On Dec. 17, President Obama and President Raul Castro made history. After 53 years of animosity rooted in the Cold War, they finally put our two countries on a new path. 

I worked for two years to help obtain Alan Gross’s release from a Cuban prison, and flying to Cuba to bring him home was a joyous experience I will cherish always. Mr. Gross’ case was the catalyst that finally brought to an end a policy that failed to achieve any of its objectives and isolated the United States. With the strong support of Pope Francis, the president has wisely charted a course that will promote reconciliation between the people of our two countries, advance our national interests in the hemisphere and provide hope for democratic change in Cuba. [Read more...]

Guitarist Paul Asbell to perform at Brick Church

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Guitarist Paul Asbell will perform Friday as part of the Brick Church Music Series.

Guitarist Paul Asbell will perform Friday as part of the Brick Church Music Series.

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Public hearing set for multiple bylaw changes

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By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

A public hearing for proposed changes to town bylaws in four areas is set for later this month. The Selectboard has been discussing the changes, which were put forward by the Planning Commission, since the fall. It is scheduled to vote on their adoption after the hearing, set for Jan. 26.

Bylaw changes would go into effect 21 days after the Selectboard approves them, unless an appeal is filed.

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