October 19, 2018

Nauheimer joins CVU as volleyball coach

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley High School’s three-year old volleyball program has seen quite a bit of success –winning the state’s inaugural state championship in 2017 and finishing second last season – but the players are still just newcomers when it comes to the sport. [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

New director of development at Humane Society

Joyce Cameron, President & CEO of the Humane Society of Chittenden County, welcomes Diana Hill as Director of Development. Raised in Vermont, Hill is a graduate of American University, and spent several years on the West Coast working for non-profits and animal welfare organizations. She brings many years of fundraising experience to HSCC, most recently as Asst. Director of Annual Giving for Middlebury College. She lives in Monkton with her husband and dog, Roger.

IFundWomen Vermont available for women entrepreneurs

Governor Phil Scott and iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses, recently announced the launch of iFundWomen Vermont, a statewide initiative to drive funding to early-stage entrepreneurs.

Applicants chosen to participate will have the option to start their crowdfunding campaigns immediately and will have access to one-on-one business and crowdfunding coaching, as well as video production services to help them pitch their concepts and tell their stories. Campaigns that are fully funded by March 31, 2019 will be eligible to participate in the first-ever iFundWomen Vermont Pitch Competition in April, showcasing the top companies in the cohort and giving them the opportunity to raise even more startup capital.

“Vermont has tens of thousands of women-led companies who are under-banked. It’s difficult for early-stage startups to get approved for loans or to raise venture capital, so up until now, there have been limited options for women to get the funding needed to prove their business concepts out. iFundWomen Vermont changes that instantly,” said Karen Cahn, Founder and CEO of iFundWomen. All women-led businesses in Vermont can get more information at https://beta.ifundwomen.com/vermont/

Blue Cross and Blue Shield earns ‘Outstanding Member Experiences’ award

A national program that surveyed more than 4,000 Vermonters about the service they received from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has recognized the company as one of the leading member service organizations in North America.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Customer Service call center was awarded Call Center of the Year among small and mid-sized organizations by Service Quality Metrics (SQM). SQM selected BCBSVT’s call center as number one among 500 call centers that they work with “because of the company’s outstanding customer and employee satisfaction results,” according to a press release.

Kinney Pike Acquires Parker Insurance Agency

Kinney Pike Insurance has acquired Parker Insurance Agency located in White River Junction.  As part of the merger, Parker Insurance Agency will relocate to Kinney Pike’s White River Junction office at 1011 North Main Street. “Kinney Pike Insurance has built a reputation for being very stable, dependable and for conducting business with the utmost integrity,” stated Ken Parker, principal of Parker Insurance Agency. “I elected to partner with Kinney Pike because of our shared values and the outstanding reputation they have in the insurance industry,” Parker added.

All current Parker Insurance Agency staff will continue to work for the combined entity. Kinney Pike Insurance has seven locations, include an office on Route 2A in Williston.

Vermont Tech gets accreditation for Paramedicine program

Vermont Technical College’s paramedicine program has received official accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The program is the first fully accredited paramedicine program in the state.

More older Americans are starting their own businesses

By Robert Yaniz Jr.

Traditionally, we tend to think of aspiring entrepreneurs as young professionals with decades of potential ahead of them and energy to spare. However, judging by current trends, perhaps it’s time for this outdated notion to be refreshed. [Read more…]

PT360 brings NASA technology to Williston

The employee-owned physical therapy cooperative PT360 has added an Alter G Anti-Gravity treadmill to it’s Williston location, bringing the science of NASA to its clients.

Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The employee-owned physical therapy cooperative PT360 has added an Alter G Anti-Gravity treadmill to it’s Williston location, bringing the science of NASA to its clients.

The treadmill uses an air pressure feature to create an environment that helps reduce the amount of body weight and pressure when standing, walking or running.

[Read more…]

Library Notes

Library prepares for new strategic plan

You will find a four question survey on our website: www.williston.lib.vt.us . Every five years, the Library staff and Trustees review how we have done and what we can do better. We gather statistics on library usage, community demographics and resident feedback. Please take a few minutes to fill it out. Your answers make a big difference.

For Youth

Preschool Music [Read more…]

Police Notes

Police notes are provided by the Williston Police Department

Tuesday, Sept.11

3:44 a.m.- Officer assisted Vermont State Police in responding to a report of suspicious behavior on Browns Trace Road.

8:01 a.m.- Officer responded to a 911 hang-up on Cypress Street.

9:12 a.m.- Officer attended the 9/11 Memorial Service at the Williston Fire Department. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Rethink apartment building

I was shocked to read the article in the Sept.13 Observer entitled, “DRB endorses 31-unit apartment building.”

I could not attend the meeting on Aug. 28, but assumed, wrongly as it turns out, that the proposal didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell. Quite apart from all of the negatives already cited, this massive three story building would be quite out of place with surroundings consisting of small one story commercial structures and two story residential units. And, unless some of the existing parking is used, I just don’t see how it fits in. [Read more…]

Guest Column: We’re going to expand Social Security, not cut it

By Senator Bernie Sanders

Social Security is one of the most popular and successful government programs in the history of our country.

[Read more…]

State launches effort to collect toxic foam from local fire departments

Air Force firefighters spray down a mock aircraft with AFFF foam concentrate during a training scenario in 2011.

By Elizabeth Gribkoff

For VT Digger

As part of a broader effort to address PFAS contamination around Vermont, the state is collecting an outdated, and toxic, firefighting foam from local fire departments for free until early October. [Read more…]

Police accepting bump stocks with ban two weeks away

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee

By Colin Meyn

For VT Digger

With two weeks to go until bump-fire stocks are officially banned in Vermont, state police are now accepting voluntary and anonymous returns of the devices at barracks across the state.

Bump stocks were banned as part of Act 94, a sweeping piece of gun control legislation signed by Gov. Phil Scott in April. Starting on Oct. 1, those still in possession of the devices face punishment of up to a year in prison and $1,000 in fines. [Read more…]