April 25, 2017

What to do with cremated ashes?

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

When my father passed away a few months ago, we had him cremated, but are now wondering what to do with his ashes. My sister and I would like to do something celebratory for his life, but aren’t sure what to do. Any suggestions?

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Tasteful

By Jan Kenney

Delightful dessert that’s different [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

HUB Pauline LawPauline Law

Williston attorney awarded for pro bono work

Pauline Law, a Williston resident and corporate lawyer at Gravel & Shea in Burlington, was recently honored with the Vermont Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award. Law was recognized for her work over several years representing indigent refugees in need of guardianship in the Vermont Probate Court.

According to Judge Nancy Waples, who nominated her, Law brings “deep sympathy for individuals attempting to navigate the legal system despite their limited English proficiency.”

HUB - meghan yandowYandow joins PT360 in Williston [Read more…]

Engelberth, Stantec top list of best places to work in Vermont

Observer contributed photo Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced last month the top 45 best places to work in Vermont for 2017.  Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the best places to work. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.  For small/medium employers (15-149 employees), Engelberth Construction of Colchester was the winner. For large employers, Stantec Consulting Services of South Burlington won. Pictured above, Engelberth employees celebrate with Gov. Scott.

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Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced last month the top 45 best places to work in Vermont for 2017.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the best places to work. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.
For small/medium employers (15-149 employees), Engelberth Construction of Colchester was the winner. For large employers, Stantec Consulting Services of South Burlington won. Pictured above, Engelberth employees celebrate with Gov. Scott.

‘Floating Garden’ springs up at ABS

The driving force behind the "Floating Garden" at Allen Brook School. (L to R) ABS art teacher, Sara Beeken, artist in residence, Sally Duback, Fiona (5), Evelyn (8), Williston photographer, Andy Duback, and Alison Duback.Sally's work includes printings, paintings and sculpture.

The driving force behind the “Floating Garden” at Allen Brook School. (L to R) ABS art teacher, Sara Beeken, artist in residence, Sally Duback, Fiona (5), Evelyn (8), Williston photographer, Andy Duback, and Alison Duback.Sally’s work includes printings, paintings and sculpture.

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New business provides hearing health options

Observer courtesy photo Pure Audiology owner Christina Bradford.

Observer courtesy photo
Pure Audiology owner Christina Bradford.

By Stephanie Choate

Observer correspondent

Communication is the key to a good relationship — and it’s hard to communicate when you can’t hear. [Read more…]

CVU grad heads to Panama with Peace Corps

Observer courtesy photo Willistonian Anna Philbert will serve in Perama for the next two years with the Peace Corps.

Observer courtesy photo
Willistonian Anna Philbert will serve in Panama for the next two years with the Peace Corps.

Anna Philibert, a lifelong resident of Williston and a 2012 graduate of CVU, has joined the Peace Corps and will serve in Panama for the next two years.  [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Supporting herbicide for milfoil control in Lake Iroquois

 I have lived on Lake Iroquois for 47 years, and over nearly the last decade I have seen the value of the lake plummet. The milfoil infestation was so bad last year that there was only a fraction of the boats and swimmers as in prior years. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Community Gardens

There are 13 plots available for this spring at the Community Gardens off Mountain View Road near Brennan Park. Plot sizes available are: five small — 15 feet by 10 feet; six medium — 15 feet by 20 feet; and two large — 15 feet by 30 feet. To register for a plot, visit the recreation department website or office for a registration form. Plots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Plots are only available to Williston residents. The recreation department office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Transportation costs a hidden obstacle to poverty and climate change fight

By Dan Hoxworth

Over the past three decades, Vermont has made a major commitment to reducing the energy burden on low-income households through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the incentives and tools provided through Efficiency Vermont and the Burlington Electric Department. Now, it is time to apply this same focus on reducing the energy and financial burden of transportation on economically vulnerable Vermonters. Making transportation more efficient is a way to put more money in the pockets of Vermonters who need it most. [Read more…]