December 9, 2018

Composting basics

 By Bea Cole

Special to the Observer

Vermont’s Act 148 states that no more food waste will be allowed in trash by 2020. The most logical solution is to compost that waste, which for some people is a natural process, but for others raises concerns. [Read more…]

Intro to canoe, kayak fishing on Oct. 5

Bring your own canoe or kayak on Oct. 5.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will present an “Intro to Canoe and Kayak Fishing”    seminar at Waterbury Center State Park at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.

“This program is perfect for the avid paddler looking to do a little more on the water,” said Corey Hart, an education specialist with the department. “Instructors will cover fishing regulations, casting, ecology and more before going fishing on Waterbury Reservoir as a group.”

The seminar is free, but there will be a State Park day-use fee of $4. [Read more…]

Police Blotter

Police notes are provided by the Williston Police Department

Monday, Sept. 17

9:29 a.m.- Officer completed a VIN inspection.

10:49 a.m.- Officer responded to a report of a road rage incident on Trader Lane. Upon contact with both parties, no crime was found to have been committed.

11:23 a.m.- Officer assisted a citizen on Saint George Road. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Catamount invites residents to join Board

Over the last year and a half, Catamount Outdoor Family Center has been doing much to prepare for the transition to working with the Town of Williston in managing the upcoming Catamount Community Forest. In fact, we have as a board reworked our very mission: creating outdoor experiences at the Catamount Community Forest that build active lifestyles, friendships, and environmental awareness.  While we cannot outline all that we have done, or plan to do, to serve Williston residents and the surrounding communities in three hundred words or less… we can ask our Williston neighbors to join us in the work.

As we head into this exciting new chapter in our town’s history, we would like to extend a special invitation to Williston residents to join our volunteer Board of Directors. We feel that increasing representation of Williston residents on the board will add more voice from the community in order to shape the future of our organization and the partnership with the town. We currently have space for two new members and are looking for individuals who have fundraising, marketing, educational programming and/or financial expertise along with the vision that playing in nature should be everyone’s first choice. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Celebrate national voter registration month by registering to vote

By Jim Condos

Vt. Secretary of State

Happy national voter registration month!

What can I say? I love voting. Joining with our neighbors at the polls to decide local issues, from wastewater bonds to school budgets, and to vote on who we want to represent us locally, statewide, and nationally, is the beating heart at the core of our democracy. [Read more…]

State recommends lead drinking water testing at all Vermont schools

By Elizabeth Gribkoff

For VT Digger

Officials are recommending that all schools in Vermont test for lead in their drinking water after an initial round of testing showed elevated lead levels at some schools in the state.

[Read more…]

‘Surprise’ award for Town Treasurer Deb Beckett

Deb Beckett receives Vermont Treasurer of the Year award.

By Marianne Apfelbaum

Observer staff

After 20 years as Town Clerk and Treasurer, you might think Deb Beckett has seen it all. But last week, she got quite a surprise when her name was announced as the Vermont Treasurer of the Year at the VMCTA’s annual banquet. [Read more…]

“White Boy Rick”

The Wild, Wild Midwest

2 & ½ popcorns (POPCORN ART)

By Michael S. Goldberger

Film Critic

My dad was a bench seat philosopher who, while a man of measured words, occasionally liked to opine from behind the wheel of our ‘51 Buick Roadmaster, the one with the Fireball 8 engine. I look back at it as our quality time. Maybe it was a quick trip to Sears to buy some roofing material, or to get me some White Castle sliders on a night when my mom was just too tired to cook. Or perhaps it was my tutelage entirely planned. Looking through the windshield, Daniel Goldberger explained the passing pageant of humanity. [Read more…]

Third grader inspires Williston business to ditch plastic straws

Riordan Adams note to the owner of Ramunto’s Pizza.

By Raeann Bilow

Special to the Observer

Trivia time! What do the city of Seattle, Starbucks and Ramunto’s Pizza all have in common?

Answer: All three places have recently joined the growing movement to eliminate plastic straws. [Read more…]

Farmers market to make changes for 2019

The Williston farmers market at Kismet Place will be back in 2019 with new management.

By Clover Whitham

Observer correspondent

The Williston farmers market is slated to return to Kismet Place next summer, but with a new time and a new manager.

Sharon Gutwin, owner of Rehab Gym and Kismet Place, volunteered both the space and her time to manage this year’s farmers market. It was Williston’s first since it was held at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in 2015. [Read more…]