September 1, 2014

Obituaries

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Phillip Allen Griffith
Phillip Griffith passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in the Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
Phillip was born on Feb. 16, 1928, in Montpelier to the late William H. and Margery (McIntyre) Griffith. His early education was in Moretown and Vergennes High School, where he graduated as valedictorian and earned a full scholarship to UVM, which he attended after a short time in the Army. He graduated in ‘52 with a BS in education. He later received a Master’s degree in teaching from St. Michael’s College. He held early teaching positions in Enosburgh and Richmond. The remainder of his 38 years of teaching was spent at Lyman C. Hunt School in Burlington. He served in many organizations, including as president of the Vermont Teachers Association.
Phillip and his family ran the Sure Luck Motor Court cabins on their property in Williston for many summers. He enjoyed the country life and was an avid gardener. He played the piano and organ; his talents were welcomed by the various churches of which he was a member over the years.
He is survived by two sons, Peter A., his wife Cindy of Milton, Leslie F., his partner Melissa Moore, of Ferrisburgh, a daughter Martha (Griffith) Poirier, her husband Serge of Williston and their two sons Nicolas and Ryan, also of Williston and various nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings Roger, twin sister Phyllis, Edith and Glenn.
The family would like to recognize the unwavering attention given to Dad by his great friend Otto Wunder, his friends and neighbors in May Manor and “Pastor Andy” and the congregation of Our Savior Lutheran church, in Lakeland.
Contributions in Phillip’s memory can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823. A memorial service was held at Our Savior Lutheran – Lakeland. Final arrangements were handled by the Central Florida Casket Store & Funeral Chapel, Lakeland, Fla.

JESSICA B. LAMPHERE
Jessica B. Lamphere, 48, of Tremont Street, died Aug. 21, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, following a brief illness. Surrounded by family, Jessica passed peacefully into the spirit world to start a new journey.
She was born Jessica Ann Bates on Jan. 15, 1966, in Burlington, the daughter of Gerald and Nancy Bates of Williston. She attended Williston schools and graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in 1984. Jess was an accomplished flutist and played First-Chair in the Vermont Youth Symphony Orchestra. Following high school, Jessica attended the University of Vermont where she graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She went on to teach first and second grade at the Waits River Valley School for 25 years.
Jessica loved teaching and reading and will be missed by the WRVS staff, parents and students. Her principle membership was the National Education Association. In 2001, she wed Michael C. Lamphere of Barre and in 2003 they had a son, Jacob Raymond Lamphere.
Jessica loved music, reading, floating and spending quiet weekends at her family’s camp in the mountains. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake. She leaves behind her loving husband and son, Jacob; mother, Nancy Bates of Williston; sister, Jennifer Safford of Elmore; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. She was predeceased by her father. Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Waits River Valley School, 6 Waits River Valley Road, East Corinth, VT 05040.

Recipe Corner: Zucchini and tomatoes

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By Ginger Isham

About this time of year, there is an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes. These are two recipes I have made recently using both.

Zucchini Skillet Dinner
1/2 pound lean hamburger (substitute ground turkey/chicken/pork/sausage)
5-6 cups sliced zucchini
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 cup cottage cheese
3/4 cup instant brown rice (could use 3/4 cup cooked rice)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Brown hamburger in skillet. Add rest of ingredients (except cheese) and cover and simmer and stir 2-3 time for about 20 minutes until zucchini is cooked. Remove from stove and sprinkle cheese on top, replace cover and let set until cheese is melted. Serve.

Fresh Tomato Soup
1 medium carrot (sliced)
1/2 a leek (sliced)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 firm tomatoes, cut up (or one 28-ounce can stewed tomatoes)
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh, chopped basil (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
5 cups chicken broth or water
black pepper
Heat olive oil in skillet and add carrot, leek and garlic. Cook gently for several minutes. Add rest of ingredients except for pepper. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
Puree in a blender. Add black pepper. Serves 4-6 people.
For a creamy soup, add 4 cups broth and 1 cup half and half. You may also add 1 1/2 cups cooked rice or macaroni. Serve with French/Italian bread slices you have spread with oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and browned under broiler in oven.

Note: I have read that tomatoes reduce risk of colon, prostate and bladder cancers. Blueberries, strawberries, cherries and plums help protect against gastrointestinal cancers.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

Little Details: Grateful for Williston’s schools

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By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

The day my daughter started kindergarten, I snapped a photo of her stepping onto that big orange school bus. She turned to me to smile as she ascended the steps. Her blue Columbia backpack—the one she’d carry until the end of ninth grade—seemed enormous on her little back. She wore an orange jumper with black Mary Jane’s and white ankle socks. Wisps of her blond hair were gathered in two pony tails.
This was the day she excitedly waited for. Preschool, library programs and hours spent reading picture books as a family were all preparation for the real deal: school. She took her seat near the front and waved through the window as the bus pulled away. I burst into tears. It was the end of an era.
Our family was soon caught up in the whirlwind of our community’s educational system. I became a volunteer reader and ELF (now Four Winds) parent. I baked peanut-free snacks for class events and hung my daughter’s artwork on the refrigerator. My husband left work to facilitate regular practice sessions with students in the Continental Math Program.
Our daughter learned reading, writing and arithmetic. She learned how to be a good friend and how to play recorder and clarinet. She discovered, through a school vision screening, that she was nearsighted. Her first pair of eyeglasses—with spiffy green frames—brought clarity to what had been a decidedly “impressionist” world. She befriended teachers and played in the Friday morning band at Allen Brook School that greeted students as they arrived for class.
The move to Williston Central School for middle school was not without a few bumps. A stint in New Zealand in fifth grade and a move to a different house in sixth grade proved positive. Friendships deepened—with peers and teachers—and music assumed greater importance amid a flurry of extracurricular offerings.
Starting high school at CVU was scary…for us, as parents. It seemed so far away. Remote, actually. And there were students from at least five towns. We’d soon be driving around Chittenden County to accommodate study sessions and sleepovers.
Academic rigor jumped several notches. Our daughter needed to develop solid study skills to meet heightened expectations. Her circle of friends assumed geographical breadth while the quality of those friendships enjoyed greater depth.
For sophomore year, our daughter was off to the French-speaking region of Switzerland to spend a year as an exchange student. CVU supported and helped facilitate the adventure.
By junior year, she wanted time away from CVU’s campus to build upon a summer internship in Montpelier. Commuting to the State House via bus in the morning, she reached out to classmates and teachers in the evening to determine class assignments.
Senior year was a whirlwind of studying, college applications, working and engaging in extracurriculars. Sleep was a highly valuable and somewhat limited commodity. Academic rigor was upped yet again. Reaching out to classmates and teachers for help—an important skill—became routine. College acceptances arrived. Scholarships were dangled. A school was selected.
No school system is perfect. That said, I believe our community’s schools make a genuine effort to accommodate students. It’s as if there’s an unwritten contract: step up to do YOUR part and we’ll support you in tailoring the experience.
As this newspaper goes to print, we’ll be moving our daughter into her residence hall in western Massachusetts. She trades “crunchy granola” Vermont for a liberal town near the Berkshires. As she dives deeper again into reading, writing, science and mathematics, I’m one proud and appreciative parent. I’m proud of my daughter for seizing the extraordinary education our community afforded her. I’m also appreciative of the truly amazing and inspiring educators who teach, challenge and inspire our children.
It’s the start of a new school year. Let’s make it a great one.
And for those kindergartners just starting out, I say, “Welcome to a great school community!”

Katherine Bielawa Stamper, a Williston resident, was a 2013 finalist for the Coolidge Prize for Journalism. Reader comments are welcome at [email protected] or [email protected]

Friends of CVU seeks input

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By Alice Brown

The Friends of CVU is a group of parents from Charlotte, Hinesburg, St. George, Shelburne and Williston who volunteer together to strengthen the links between community, teachers and CVU high school students. Over the years, the Friends of CVU has become mostly involved with parent education and with support of CVU teachers. We work with Connecting Youth to sponsor educational speakers and appropriate programs, which support community members, parents and students. The group also aims to support student clubs and activities with grants, made possible by CVU community donations.
What does the current Friends of CVU group do? This past year, we hosted the November dessert with the principal event, during which Principal Jeff Evans engaged parents with the latest news on how CVU continues to move forward. We ran a teacher and staff appreciation luncheon for the approximately 300 CVU employees, who very much appreciated the delicious special lunch! And we organized a breakfast for grad challenge presentation day in May, feeding close to 1,000 CVU seniors and juniors, parents and guests, teachers and staff and community panelists. It was a wonderful community celebration of our graduating students!
Where would Friends of CVU like to go in the future? In keeping with the mission of developing community, we hope to distribute an electronic directory of students’ home contact information this fall. We’d like to expand opportunities for the community to meet with our principal by adding a new event, Breakfast with the Principal, in the early spring, since many parents truly enjoy learning from CVU’s principal about the school’s direction. And we’d like to raise enough funds to support CVU’s students, particularly for class “extras” and special trips, which might otherwise be beyond the reach of some of our families.
The Friends of CVU would very much like to hear from you, our parents and community members. What would you like to see our high school’s parent support group achieve? Would you be interested in more parent outreach and education workshops and programs? Would you like to see community dinners at CVU? How about more scholarship support for students, perhaps for international trips? Please let us know your thoughts.
The Friends of CVU can be reached at [email protected]
The CVU School Board would like the community to know of another great opportunity to become involved in the high school. Community input is greatly appreciated when the board is preparing the budget each winter. The “Budget Buddy” program, an opportunity for up to 11 community volunteers to participate in all budget meetings (December and January), is one way in which residents can learn more about how the CVU budget is developed and share suggestions, concerns and other valuable “outside” viewpoints. Please contact a school board representative to learn more.

Alice Brown is the co-chairwoman of Friends of CVU.