February 8, 2016

Spring/Summer Program Guide

The Spring/Summer Program Guide will be available in mid-February and will be an insert in the Observer on Feb. 11. Look for great new programs and some of the old favorites. Registration for programs is on the Recreation Department website at www.willistonrec.org.

Adult Programs [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Asking for your support

My name is Joy Limoge and I am the candidate for the two-year seat for Selectboard in the upcoming March election. I have lived and worked in Williston for the better part of 20 years, raising two sons here, participating in community groups/events and serving on the Board of Civil Authority and the Planning Commission. It has been an honor to serve, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Selectboard. I ask for your vote on March 1. Although this is an uncontested seat, I encourage you to get out and vote. I will be lightly campaigning in an effort to meet more community members and afford you the opportunity to meet me. Please check out my Facebook page, “Friends of Joy Limoge,” or my personal page, “Joy Limoge.” I plan to hold a couple of Meet & Greets at local establishments where you can stop by, meet me and discuss local politics. Again, thank you and I look forward to the opportunity of serving.

Joy Limoge

Letter of support for Joy Limoge [Read more…]

Guest Column: Immigration: the key to our future

By Tom Torti

My parents were the children of immigrants, my father’s sister herself an immigrant, who like the many millions they joined, came to this country at the turn of the last century seeking a better life and leaving behind the poverty and despair of their homelands. Like those who preceded them from Eastern and Western Europe, they were not warmly welcomed by the more established population.

Lest history be forgotten, Italian-Americans, especially those from southern Italy and Sicily, were considered to be among the “dark” races and were targeted by the Klan in the south and by bigoted business owners across the country. They were pulled out of jails and murdered, lynched in New Orleans, driven from their farmlands and forced into the most dangerous jobs in order to fuel America’s expansion. They lived in the urban ghettos and cold water flats. They were called dagos, guineas, grease balls and wops and were all assumed to belong to “the mob.” They wore funny clothes, spoke a different language and many were illiterate. [Read more…]