November 29, 2015

Academic Honors

F. Gregory Gause

F. Gregory Gause

Williston native receives white coat
Williston native F. Gregory Gause was among members of the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s Class of 2019 who received their first white doctors’ coats at the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony on Oct. 23. [Read more…]

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. You can find more information at


For Kids and Adults
Winter Holidays Party
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Kids can make a gingerbread house or other holiday crafts. Adults can help us decorate the library for the winter holidays while listening to strolling musicians. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Pre-register children for gingerbread houses. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for your generosity
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the most generous Williston community for its response to Saturday’s Turkey Day at the Williston Community Food Shelf. You donated 276 turkeys, many carts full of “fixins” and $1,425 in gift cards. Because of your generosity, the Williston Community Food Shelf has given a turkey to every client who wanted one for Thanksgiving, and we will be able to give every client a turkey for Christmas as well. [Read more…]

GUEST COLUMN: Our enemy is ISIS, not refugees fleeing ISIS

By Patrick Leahy
Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to make it almost impossible for people from Syria and Iraq, fleeing the brutality of ISIS and Bashar al-Assad, to find refuge in the United States. It is worth reflecting on what this means for our country.
Just a few weeks ago the world came together, stunned and heartbroken over the image of a three-year-old Syrian child’s lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach. His tragic death focused our attention on the desperate plight of so many Syrians who have fled the horror of ISIS and Assad’s army. We called it the humanitarian issue of our day. We called forth images of the Statue of Liberty and our proud history as a safe haven for those fleeing persecution and war.
Just days later, we hear calls to slam the door. To shut down our borders. To ignore that great symbol of refuge standing in New York Harbor. [Read more…]

HEALTHY FOOD FR TWO: Cleansing after the holiday feast

By Ania Robertson
This simple, and quick-cooking soup is excellent after the “overeating” that we all experience during holiday seasons.
Asparagus contains a lot of fabulous nutrients such as folate, chromium and vitamins A, C, E and K. Furthermore, it is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers. [Read more…]

SAVVY SENIOR: Senior-friendly furniture aids

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
I am interested in purchasing a recliner that lifts and lowers off the ground, or some other type of senior-friendly furniture that can help my elderly father. He’s arthritic and overweight and struggles mightily with getting up from most of the cushioned furniture in the house. What can you recommend?
—Need a Boost

Dear Need,
The task of sitting down and/or getting up from soft cushioned furniture is a problem for many seniors who struggle with excessive weight, arthritis or other mobility issues. Here are some different product solutions that can help. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners, or call United Way at 860-1677.
A number of agencies provide holiday gifts for those who might otherwise go without and need volunteers to donate these much appreciated items. This is a great holiday activity for families, workplaces, clubs and other groups: [Read more…]