December 11, 2016

Socks for Seniors needs more socks by Dec. 16

The Williston Observer asked readers to help us bring holiday cheer and winter warmth to long-term residents at area nursing homes by donating soft, warm socks to our Socks for Seniors initiative. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our readers, we have collected enough socks so far to provide for residents of Burlington Health & Rehab, as well as Starr Farm, Birchwood Terrace  and Green Mountain nursing homes! We would love to add one more home to the list! Deadline: Friday, Dec. 16.  GOAL: 100 more socks!

Thyroid disorders often missed in seniors

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you write a column on the overlooked problem of thyroid disease? After struggling with chronic fatigue, joint pain and memory problems, I was finally diagnosed hypothyroidism. Now, at age 70, I’m on thyroid medication and am doing great. Five years of feeling lousy. I wish I’d have known.

Frustrated Patient [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two

By Ania Robertson

Rutabega side dish

After a long and warm fall comes an inevitable winter. Our Vermont land will be covered by a picturesquely white and cozy, but cold, featherbed. Our bodies crave a bulky, nutritive and warming diet. In general, we want to focus on eating warm, cooked, slightly oily and well-spiced foods.

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Boy Scouts collecting trees Jan. 7

Set out some cash with your trash this January, and help the Williston Boy Scouts from Troop 692 with their annual Christmas tree collection effort and fundraiser. [Read more…]

Ho ho ho…it’s a holiday harvest

Santa Claus and family, AKA (L to R) Chris, Piper (8) and Lisa Thompson search for the perfect tree at Isham's Family Farm in Williston on December 4th to take back to the North Pole.

Santa Claus and family, AKA (L to R) Chris, Piper (8) and Lisa Thompson search for the perfect tree at Isham’s Family Farm in Williston on December 4th to take back to the North Pole.

Observer photo by Al Frey Famer Mike Isham’s crew prepares trees for travel at Isham’s Family Farm in Williston on Sunday, Dec. 4. For more photos, visit the Web Extras Section at willistonobserver.com.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Famer Mike Isham’s crew prepares trees for travel at Isham’s Family Farm in Williston on Sunday, Dec. 4. For more photos, visit the Web Extras Section at willistonobserver.com.

Library celebrates the holiday season

A whole community of gingerbread houses are under constructiion during the Dorothy Alling Library Holiday Party on Saturday, December 3rd

A whole community of gingerbread houses are under constructiion during the Dorothy Alling Library Holiday Party on Saturday, December 3rd

Observer photo by Al Frey Paulina Thompson helps daughter, Alessandra, 2, with her gingerbread house during the Dorothy Alling Library holiday party on Saturday, Dec.3.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Paulina Thompson helps daughter, Alessandra, 2, with her gingerbread house during the Dorothy Alling Library holiday party on Saturday, Dec.3.

Marcie Hernandez (L) and Flora Whitmore (R) provide music during the Dorothy Alling Library Holiday Party on Saturday, December 3rd.

Marcie Hernandez (L) and Flora Whitmore (R) provide music during the Dorothy Alling Library Holiday Party on Saturday, December 3rd.

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Hearing assistance devices are available for events in the library’s community room. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.

Youth News

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Letters to the Editor

Freedom of speech reaches a point

I am going to exercise my “Freedom of Speech” by saying I was pleased to read about the new chang [Read more…]

Guest Column: State grants Vermont Gas park access amidst violations and subterfuge

By Rachel Smolker

As anticipated, the Public Service Board granted an easement across Geprags Park in Hinesburg for the natural gas pipeline project on Nov. 3. More than 200 Vermonters attended an Oct. 20 nonviolent protest. Vermont Gas has agreed to drill under the park, and they assert there will be “no impact.” But we have already witnessed how drilling can and does go awry, as has occurred elsewhere along the route, spewing a lethal slurry of “inadvertent return” over the landscape.  [Read more…]

Hazard creates table for four or more

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The cool part about the table is that it can be lowered so children can sit on the floor to use it or we can add legs to it so that the children can stand at it to work. We are excited to give our students new ways to work when they are writing and reading and learning. The students are so excited and thankful for their new table, said teacher Donna Powers in an email to the Observer.

floaterpix-abs-tablekidsObserver courtesy photo by Donna Powers

Ruby White, Josie Ziter, Isla Olszewski and Ethan St.Amour play at the new table for a Horizon team classroom at Allen Brook School. The table was created by Bob Hazard, an IDX retiree