September 18, 2018

WFD remembers fallen heroes

Observer courtesy photos by Al Frey
Williston Fire Department hosted a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday.

A memorial to 9-11’s fallen heroes.

Williston Fire Department Captain Gerry rings the bell in honor of the fallen heros at WFD’s 9-11 remembrance service.

NEFCU to host retirement planning forum

New England Federal Credit Union is hosting a “Retire Confidently Financial Forum” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will take place at NEFCU’s Williston offices at 141 Harvest Lane. [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

Weeknight dinner solutions

Hectic daytime schedules can often lead to even busier evenings, which makes putting dinner on the table in less than an hour a valuable time-saver for home chefs. Balancing a busy lifestyle with healthy food choices can certainly become a tall task, but making filling, nutritious meals a priority starts with planning and preparation. [Read more…]

Health insurance tips for traveling abroad

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

How does health insurance and Medicare cover health care outside the U.S.? My husband and I have a trip abroad planned this fall and would like to find out if we should buy extra insurance. What can you tell us?

Almost Retired [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks


Williston Seniors Organization

Are you 55+ and looking to get out and meet people? Do you like a good meal, socialization and fun games? If so, check out the Williston Seniors Organization. It meets twice a month. The first Tuesday is a pot luck lunch and club meeting starting at 11:45 a.m. The third Tuesday is soup and games starting at 11:30 a.m. Come enjoy time with other seniors. The club meets at the Green Mountain Masonic Center, 87 Bishop Ave.

50+ Golden Grooves [Read more…]

Pet-friendly indoor gardening

Observer courtesy photo
Hanging plants is a way to keep them out of the reach of curious animals.

By Melinda Myers

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home’s décor and improve indoor air quality. Those with pets, however, may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and the pets safe from indoor greenery.

The good news is you can grow an indoor garden even when you own pets. Yes, some do love to dig in the soil or even eat our favorite houseplants, but with proper plant selection and planning, you can keep your pets safe while enjoying an indoor garden. [Read more…]

Around Town

Wastewater plant recognized for energy generation

The Essex Junction Wastewater Treatment Facility was recently awarded the 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

The facility treats wastewater from Williston and Essex. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Looking for legislative pages

Attention students and parents of Williston eighth-graders: Are you interested in public affairs or politics and getting to know students from around the state? If so, you may be interested in becoming a legislative page, and now is the time to act. Your application is due by Sept. 30 to the Sergeant-at-Arms.

[Read more…]

Guest Column: Welfare: the good, the bad and the history

By Mark Hughes

In our public discourse and debate there are a lot of well-intended discussions around corporate responsibility, and the term “corporate welfare” seems to be thrown around rather frequently. Lately I have seen that the objective of the use of the term “corporate welfare” is to shame corporations into ensuring that they are paying their employees livable wages. [Read more…]

Successful first tri

Honey Bee Whitney heads for the finish line.

Alex Montgomery and Hannah Wolny ran in the 10-12 age group.

A group of age 7-9 swimmers wait for their swim heats.

Residents in the Indian Ridge neighborhood came together Labor Day to throw an inaugural triathlon that they hope to make an annual event.

The Indian Ridge Kids Triathlon included about 50 kids in three age groups. The event included a swimming leg in a neighborhood pool followed by a bike and run on neighborhood streets. [Read more…]