April 22, 2018

Recreation and Parks

Family Programs

Fairy House Building

Come join artist and outdoor enthusiast Susan Lepple for a morning of creative and whimsical house building with naturally found objects. We will use items such as sticks, leaves, barks, mosses, stones, shells, grasses, dried flowers and feathers to build these magical, miniature homes. This program is for all ages. Saturday, April 7 [Read more…]

Youth hockey title for CSB girls

The Under 12 girls Chittenden South Burlington Youth Hockey Association team — which serves Williston Hinesburg, St. George, South Burlington, Shelburne and Charlotte — won a state championship earlier this month with a 4-3 victory over Middlebury in St. Albans.
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Induction set for Vermont Sports Hall of Fame class

The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame will induct its class of 2018 at a ceremony in South Burlington on April 21.

The class includes Williston native and World Cup mogul ski champion Hilary Engisch Klein.

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Local ballers help North to all-star wins

A trio of Champlain Valley basketball players represented the North during Saturday’s Vermont Basketball Coaches Association annual senior all-star games at Windsor High School. [Read more…]

CVU skiers meet and ski with Olympians

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(from left) Celia Cote , Lila Carleton, Kate Zoller, Jessie Diggins, Emma Strack, Geneva Cote, Sadie Holmes and Emma Hawko.

Members of the U.S. Olympic and U.S. National Nordic ski teams met with student skiers from across the state last week at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. [Read more…]

Fifth annual Vermont Kids Day set for Saturday, March 31

The fifth annual Vermont Kids Day will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly called the Sheraton) on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. All activities will be held indoors. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Not done yet

To (mis)quote Mark Twain, the report of my leaving the legislature has been exaggerated in Guy Page’s March 22 column (“Legislative check-in as we turn toward spring”). I have made no firm decision to leave the legislature. I still love the work, and knowing I will have my hands directly on the issue that matters to me — a clean, healthy environment — and knowing I have a chance to work toward that goal, still gives me a great feeling when I wake up every morning. [Read more…]

Guest Column: A better model for primary care

John McClaughry

The legislature is debating how fast to propel the state into the new adventure of universal coverage for primary health care services.

The current proposal (S.53) directs the Green Mountain Care Board and the usual “stakeholders” to deliver a report by January 2019, followed by a “draft operational plan” a year thereafter. Single-payer advocates are furious that the bill doesn’t decree single-payer primary care right now. [Read more…]

Holcombe to step down from education agency

Rebecca Holcombe

By Anne Galloway

For VTDigger

Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe will leave her post on April 1, according to the governor’s office.

In a statement, Gov. Phil Scott thanked Holcombe for her service to the state. [Read more…]

McGuire gets new three-year contract

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Williston Town Manager
Rick McGuire

McGuire gets new three-year contract

The Williston Selectboard voted unanimously last Tuesday to enter into a new three-year employment contract with Town Manager Rick McGuire.

McGuire has been town manager in Williston for 20 years. [Read more…]