February 28, 2015

Gymnastics team to wrap up regular season


Observer staff report
With two wins under their belts, Champlain Valley Union High gymnasts are heading into their final meet of the regular season.
The team will head to St. Johnsbury Saturday. State Championships are Feb. 21 at Essex High.
On Feb. 4, the Redhawks beat out South Burlington 134.55-128.95.
CVU Freshman Emma Lieberman was the all-around champion, with wins on both the vault and floor exercise and second-place finishes on the bars and the balance beam. [Read more...]

Fresh from win, boys hoops in final home tilt Thursday


By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Buoyed by Monday’s last minute 55-50 victory over visiting 9-7 Spaulding High, the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team will entertain South Burlington High (2-15) Thursday night (7 p.m.) in the final home contest of the regular season.
Next week, CVU will close out the 20-game campaign on the road at North Country Union High in Newport Tuesday and at Mount Mansfield Union in Jericho Center Friday.
After that: the Division 1 playoffs. [Read more...]

CVU hockey red hot at regular season finish

CVU’s Owen McCuin drives the puck down the ice during last week’s game against Rice Memorial High. CVU won 4-1. The victory was part of its six-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s CSB Cup contest.  (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU’s Owen McCuin drives the puck down the ice during last week’s game against Rice Memorial High. CVU won 4-1. The victory was part of its six-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s CSB Cup contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

As the regular season winds down, the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey, the defending Division 1 champs, are heating up and laying down some markers for the impending playoffs.
Just 5-5-1 in mid-January, coach Mike Murray’s Redhawks had rattled off six straight victories to carry an 11-5-1 mark into Wednesday’s annual CSB Cup contest with high flying South Burlington High, 11-4-2 following last Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Essex.
The Rebels might have been a slight favorite in the cup game given their 4-1 triumph over the Hawks on Jan. 7. But based on history, favored status means little in the scramble for the cup. [Read more...]

Students earn honors


The following University of Vermont students from Williston or St. George earned a spot on the dean’s or president’s list at their college or university.

  • Hannah Apfelbaum
  • Kristin Bauer
  • Samuel Brown
  • Samuel Chevalier
  • Ethan Childs
  • Lillian Coletta
  • Parker Cornbrooks
  • Owen Hudson
  • Sarah Jaques
  • Emily Keller
  • David Sartorelli
  • Jonathan Slimovitch
  • Niles Trigg

Bruce Sklar Trio coming to town


By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

The Bruce Sklar Trio is set to perform Friday in the next Brick Church Music Series concert.
The event will also feature an art show by Champlain Valley Union High AP Studio Art students who each completed a full-scale, full-body self portrait. Twelve works—by students Laura Carrara, Arika DesLauriers, Brigitte Durieux, Elizabeth Fields, Dana Hartshorn, Sophie Judge, Elliott Mitchell, [Read more...]

Library Notes


Youth news
Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Stories and simple crafts for children ages 3-5. Feb. 10: Dogs (featuring Jasper the Therapy Dog). Feb. 17: Science Story Time, “Best Friends Furever”—learn how animals help each other with Kristen Littlefield. (Sponsored by Friends of the Library).
After-School Movie
Thursday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. A dolphin with a prosthetic tail finds a new companion in this story based on true events. Rated PG. Snacks provided. [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor


Elect Joy Limoge for Selectboard
This past fall, long-time resident Jay Michaud resigned his Williston Selectboard seat before moving to North Carolina. The board left the position open, opting for residents to elect his replacement in March. Williston attorney Joy Limoge recently announced her candidacy to fill the remaining year of Michaud’s term. If elected, Joy will be an excellent asset for the Selectboard.
Joy’s local business experience and strong attention to detail will greatly benefit the board as it strives to create a well-reasoned budget. Joy is very personable —able to get along well with others, including those with opposing views. Because of her strong willingness to serve all Williston residents, she’ll improve our community and the lives of its citizens.
On March 3, I highly urge all Willistonians to vote for Joy Limoge to represent them on the Selectboard.
—Michael Benevento
Williston [Read more...]

Guest Column: CVU budget and education finance reform


By the CVU School Board

Education is the most important function of state and local governments and without adequate access to it, a child will struggle to succeed in life. This was the argument furthered by Justice Earl Warren in his 1954 opinion in Brown v. Board of Education. Vermont ranks among the top states in the country based on the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) and other measures of student success, and CVU outperforms the Vermont state average on NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program), SAT and ACT standardized test scores. Such outcomes, however, do not come without a cost.
The CVU School Board works hard to continue our tradition of providing a high quality education for our kids that is in balance with our ability to pay for it, exploring all efficiencies to reduce the burden on the taxpayer. This year, for the first time, the Vermont Agency of Education provided Vermont boards of education with a comprehensive data analysis of local school systems to better understand how local factors impact state spending. We were surprised at what some of this data showed, and thought that readers would find it of interest too. [Read more...]

Around Town


Time for FAFSAs
Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is reminding students to file their annual FAFSA application—the crucial first step to receiving financial aid.
The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the basis for determining eligibility for federal Pell grants, VSAC’s Vermont State Grant, financial aid from the school that the student attends and for student loans.
“Simply put, no FAFSA, no financial aid,” said Scott Giles, VSAC president and CEO. “Vermonters know the cost of continuing their education is a big investment. Every student should file the FAFSA to get all the financial aid that they are eligible for.”
Students can learn more at www.vsac.org. VSAC also has links to the online applications for the Vermont State Grant, available to Vermont students enrolled full-time or part-time. [Read more...]

Meet the Williston Selectboard candidates


Six Williston residents are running for three seats on the Williston Selectboard. Terry Macaig is running unopposed for a three-year term. Jeff Fehrs and Tony O’Rourke are running for one two-year term. Melissa Ham-Ellis, Ted Kenney and Joy Limoge are running for one one-year term.
The candidates will appear at the Williston-Richmond Rotary meeting on Feb. 19 at 7:15 a.m. at the Williston Federated Church. The meeting is open to the public. Breakfast is $8 for anyone wishing to attend and space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, email [email protected]

Three year term
Terry Macaig is running unopposed for a three-year term on the Selectboard. [Read more...]