June 25, 2017

Williston Central School graduates

Observer photo by Al Frey Williston Central School eighth-graders participate in graduation ceremonies last Thursday.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Williston Central School eighth-graders participate in graduation ceremonies last Thursday.

Emily Aldrich

Jessica Ammon

Shahin Ardesh

Christopher Barber [Read more…]

CVU Graduation

All they had to do was ask. The Champlain Valley Union HIgh School senior class council sent a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ office over the winter requesting he deliver a speech to graduating seniors during commencement Friday. According to CVU principal Adam Bunting, it was council secretary Julia Higa who originally raised the possibility with the council. “She said, ‘why not Sen. Sanders?'” Bunting recalled. “I think everyone thought the idea was highly improbable…She made the call and it ended up working out. It was a great pice of student initiative.”

The Appearance came with an unusual amount of security requirements. The school district hired a private company to secure UVM’s Patrick Gymnasium for the event, and employed UVM police both in uniform and in plain clothes.

A few days earlier, Sanders had to cancel a commencement address at St. Johnsbury Academy because of a travel conflict. Bunting said he was prepared to fill Sanders’ slot if he had too.

But Sanders delivered.

“I think he picked up on our culture of authenticity, ” Bunting said. “He seemed to notice that, and the first part of his speech was about that.”

 

 

What brings you peace?

Observer photo by Jason Starr  Deb Chisholm will lead a group of volunteers at Williston’s July Fourth festivities asking residents to reflect on what brings them peace for a future art installation at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

Observer photo by Jason Starr
Deb Chisholm will lead a group of volunteers at Williston’s July Fourth festivities asking residents to reflect on what brings them peace for a future art installation at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

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Dragonheart’s wellness center to close

Dragonheart Vermont’s Board of Directors last week announced the closure of Survivorship NOW, a wellness center for cancer survivors located on Industrial Avenue in Williston.

Begun in 2011, Survivorship NOW has helped about 400 Vermonters with their cancer recovery. Survivorship NOW will continue its free wellness programs until July 31. [Read more…]

Volunteers needed for annual July 4 book sale

Can you assist us with…

Setting up tables? June 30

Moving books and setting up the sale? July 1 (8 a.m. to about noon)

Selling the books? July 3 (4-6 p.m.), July 4 (9 a.m. -2 p.m.) [Read more…]

Boat washing demo planned for Lake Iroquois

Herbicide treatment put on hold

The Lake Iroquois Association is hosting an open house Sunday from 1-3 p.m. for a public demonstration of its new boat- and trailer-washing service. [Read more…]

Selectboard approves level property tax rate

Police wages increased in new contract

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The Williston Selectboard set the town’s property tax rate Tuesday for the upcoming fiscal year at 26.5 cents per $100 of assessed property value — unchanged from the current fiscal year. [Read more…]