July 23, 2016

State leaders celebrate opening of new scientific device manufacturer

Observer courtesy photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., takes his turn doing a ceremonial bolt tightening while Lt. Gov. Phil Scott watches during an event Monday in Winooski marking the expansion of the company BioTek.

Observer courtesy photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., takes his turn doing a ceremonial bolt tightening while Lt. Gov. Phil Scott watches during an event Monday in Winooski marking the expansion of the company BioTek.

Erin Mansfield

For VTDigger

State officials spent Monday afternoon in Winooski, tightening some of the first bolts on a 90,000-square-foot expansion of a major scientific device manufacturer.

BioTek is expanding on its own property in the local industrial park. The expansion will help the company keep up with demand for its live cell fluorescent microscopes, which scientists often use to research new drugs. [Read more…]

State’s energy is most costly, study shows

With July tending to produce the highest monthly energy bills for consumers, and with the poorest of Americans (about 25 million households) spending at least 22 percent of their total take-home income on energy expenses, personal finance site WalletHub conducted a study analyzing the most and least-expensive states for purchasing energy. [Read more…]

Frustration overflows at Tuesday’s stormwater meeting

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

A state wastewater funding program that could help cover the costs of creating stormwater mitigation projects so they fulfill federal and state environmental standards sparked a firestorm in recent weeks among Williston homeowners. [Read more…]

‘Mermaid school’ makes a splash

Mermaid Swim_025 Edge 17Jul16By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Ever wanted to be a mermaid, swishing your mega-tail through the water and teasing silly mortals that cross your path? Mermaid school, a trend that’s grown across the U.S. over the past 18 months, allows humans to now realize that fantasy in the form of swim lessons, but as this reporter discovered in a recent class held at The Edge in Williston, as funny as it might seem to some, mermaiding is no joke.

Selkie Mermaids is a new Vermont-based mermaid swimming company started by Elaine Fortin, who reached out to the Observer when she began offering classes at the The Edge on June 26. [Read more…]