July 29, 2016

Academic Honors

Graduates

Jake Donnelly, Bachelor of Arts, economics and mathematics, Bowdoin College – cum laude

Marie Nicole Kozlowski, Associate of Science in Nursing, Vermont Tech [Read more…]

Armadillos at bat

Third baseman, Pat Martin, makes the long throw to first during the Williston Armadillos game with the team from Killington on Sunday the 26th at the WCS field.

Third baseman, Pat Martin, makes the long throw to first during the Williston Armadillos game with the team from Killington on Sunday the 26th at the WCS field.

Lefty pitcher, Ken Freeman, delivers the ball during the Williston Armadillos game with the team from Killington on Sunday the 26th at the WCS field.

Lefty pitcher, Ken Freeman, delivers the ball during the Williston Armadillos game with the team from Killington on Sunday the 26th at the WCS field.

Little League All-Stars on the field

Brady Halverson rips a base hit for the Williston Little League 11 & 12 year old All Stars during their game with the Shelburne All Stars on Saturday the 25th at Shifilliti Field in Burlington

Brady Halverson rips a base hit for the Williston Little League 11 & 12 year old All Stars during their game with the Shelburne All Stars on Saturday the 25th at Shifilliti Field in Burlington

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Williston All-Star softball team comes out on top

Captain HaileyChaseAliciaVEronneauswingsawayThe Williston All-Star softball team came out on top during its June 22 game.

Letters to the Editor

Senate update from Sen. Tim Ashe

Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, made headlines when his company increased the price of an important and existing AIDS drug by a whopping 5000 percent. While that situation garnered much attention, prices for another 20 name-brand drugs quadrupled in the last two years, and another 60 at least doubled! [Read more…]

‘Hams’ have a field day

Using "ham" radio, Bev Curtis (KI6ISG) and Eric Torraca (KB1VNA) from the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) participate in an emergency preparedness exercise in Williston on Saturday and Sunday sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The purpose of the exercise is to establish reliable communications around the country using emergency power in the event of a catastrophe that leaves normal communication services nonexistent.

Using “ham” radio, Bev Curtis (KI6ISG) and Eric Torraca (KB1VNA) from the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) participate in an emergency preparedness exercise in Williston on Saturday and Sunday sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The purpose of the exercise is to establish reliable communications around the country using emergency power in the event of a catastrophe that leaves normal communication services nonexistent.

Observer photo by Al Frey

Using ‘ham’ radio, Bev Curtis (KI6ISG) and Eric Torraca (KB1VNA) from the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) participate in an emergency preparedness exercise in Williston last weekend sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The purpose of the exercise is to establish reliable communications around the country using emergency power in the event of a catastrophe that leaves normal communication services nonexistent.

Guest Column: Making Vermont the promise of an affordable education beyond high school

By Sue Minter

As I watched my niece cross the stage at Harwood Union High School to receive her diploma recently, I felt the joy and pride of so many family and community members and teachers who filled the tent. And I vividly recalled my own daughter’s graduation from both high school and college not long ago. This is a time of great hope, as we send our children off into the world to begin the next stage of their lives. [Read more…]

Shred Fest returns July 16

Observer courtesy photo Lisa Roseberry and John Dwyer assist  at a previous shredding event.

Observer courtesy photo
Lisa Roseberry and John Dwyer assist at a previous shredding event.

Accepting paper and computer hard drives for destruction

New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) will hold the second Shred Fest of the year at the credit union’s Williston headquarters, Saturday July 16.

July’s event will provide electronics recycling and hard drive destruction and invites the public to bring in any unwanted computer towers, laptop computers or hard drives. [Read more…]

Williston firefighters urge caution on Independence Day

By Prescott Nadeau

Special to the Observer

Independence Day, unfortunately, is one of the busiest days of the year for firefighters. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year, and two out of five are fireworks-related incidents. [Read more…]

Police: ‘Self-inflicted wounds’ in GlobalFoundries death 

A man who died after being found unresponsive at the GlobalFoundries headquarters in Essex Junction on Monday succumbed to self-inflicted wounds, according to Essex Police.

An autopsy Tuesday morning determined the cause of death. The Essex Police Department refused to release the identity of the deceased, “due to the nature of this incident,” Captain George Murtie said by email. The police received a call at 10:18 a.m., and were on the scene at 10:23 a.m. he said. Police would not release information regarding whether and what kind of weapon was used or brought into the work environment. [Read more…]