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March 26, 2009

Kathy’s spring

She welcomed me with a smile and warm gestures of camaraderie. She accepted me into her place of work, her life, her home and her most intimate moments. I became her peer in the workplace and learned from her experiences. She gave me an opportunity. Her ears were always available to listen without the interference of ego. She openly confided in me with trust. She laughed often and made it easy for me to laugh with her. She was open to adventure and sought out ways to taste the world. She encouraged me to pursue my dreams and to allow myself to let go. She was always willing to try and not afraid to fail. She was strong in so many ways and did not allow the weak moments to break her spirit. She allowed herself to cry out and ask for help. In the end, she helped me. That is how I remembered Kathy eight hours and 16 minutes into the vernal equinox of 2009.

The day was sunny, but crisp. The birds sang with glee at Kathy’s freedom from pain. The verdant land prepared a soft bed for Kathy’s landing. The oaks, birches and maples stood tall and prayed in honor of a beautiful woman. The snow upon the mountain peaks slowly melted as they cried in awe of a terrible loss.

Kathy’s long winter solstice has finally come to an end as spring opened its doors and Kathy took her last breathe of hope and renewal. And then, the high cirrus clouds moved aside and the blue sky smiled upon Kathy as it wrapped its arms around her delicate frame to carry her home.

Kathy resided and lived in Williston for several years. She will be missed by many.

Melissa H. Cronin

South Burlington

Editor’s note: Kathy Shea was a Williston resident and longtime nurse for the Williston School District. She passed away on Friday. Letter writer Melissa Cronin read this tribute at Shea’s funeral on Monday. A story about Shea is on page 3.

 

Beware of cap and trade

A new “carbon tax” is coming and it will result in the rationing of fossil fuel products. The end result will not cause any reduction in carbon dioxide emissions but will cause a significant and regressive tax disproportionably affecting lower income Vermonters. Energy intensive jobs, like most remaining manufacturing positions, will be outsourced overseas where energy can be produced more cheaply.

Today, 85 percent of our energy comes from fossil fuels. New base load electrical power costs will be many times higher than they are today — that is, if you can find somebody that is selling. This limitation will effectively prevent or limit all future economic growth. Farm and food costs will sharply rise while productivity and availability will shrink.

Cap and trade bills are nothing short of a government reengineering of the American economy, moving an ever increasing percentage of wealth away from your family and to the government. Wood is a carbon based fuel and is unlikely to avoid the new tax scam.

Ken Lay of Enron said cap and trade “could do more to promote Enron’s business than almost any other regulatory initiative.” Enron is gone but an endless parade of financial speculators are anxious to squeeze more and more money out of your energy requirements without producing anything but middleman profits from new and endless energy regulations. As if the financial speculators haven’t messed things up enough already.

Shelley Palmer

Williston

 

A grateful board

The Champlain Valley Union school directors would like to express our gratitude to the CVU community for its support in the recent budget vote. In this difficult economic time, we are thankful to live in a community which makes the education of its children a priority.

A special thank you to Williston resident Dan Grey, who served as a “Budget Buddy” over the 2.5-month budget development process. He studied reams of data, sat through multiple meetings, questioned expenditures and provided valued opinions as the board debated budget adds and deletes.

We would also like to thank voters for approving the release of funds for the auditorium improvement project. This fall we will have an exciting, up-to-date performing arts center for the entire community to use and enjoy.

CVU’s mission is to prepare every student to succeed in the complex and competitive 21st century. Thank you for your support.

Jeanne Jensen, Meg Hart-Smith, Jonathan Milne, David Rath

Champlain Valley Union High School Board

 

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Eat Mexican to Support Little League

In an effort to help support and ease some of the cost to Williston Little League families, we are holding a fundraiser at Mexicali Restaurant. On Monday August 11, 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the team to help defray costs incurred from their trip to the Eastern Regional Championship in Bristol, Conn.

So, come enjoy lunch, dinner, take out or just drinks. Mexicali is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. A huge congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents!

Nick Charboneau,
Mexicali Grill, Williston

Congrats to Williston
Little League

Williston should be very proud of the boys from the Williston Little League. They are the first ever 11- and 12-year-old All-Star State Champions from the Town of Williston!

I also want to congratulate the 9- and 10-year-old and 11-year-old teams that had great runs in their district tournaments.

As a former coach, I was very proud of my teams because of their great work ethic and determination in preparing for and playing in this tournament, and although we never reached the heights of this team, we played hard, were competitive to the end, had fun and learned some valuable and tough lessons. I am well aware of the effort and time put in by the players, coaches and parents and they should be proud of what they accomplished.

We wish you all the luck in Bristol as you continue your quest to get to Williamsport.

Congratulations to the coaches, the parents, the Williston Little League Organization and most of all to those players who made Williston proud — way to go Williston Little League!

Doug Teator
Williston
Editor's note: This letter arrived just after the 11- and 12-year-old All-Star team captured the Vermont title.

Negotiation clarification

The “Community Forum” in the Observer is a wonderful avenue for community members to voice their opinions. However, when community members state facts about our education system that are simply not accurate, they do a disservice to our schools and to our community. Phil Ronco's Guest Column on July 31 was incorrect when he wrote, “However, the fact that the teachers' contracts are negotiated behind closed doors by the School Board (consisting of teachers from other districts) strikes me as a rather blatant conflict of interest.”

Negotiations are done as a Chittenden South Supervisory Union district committee and there are two school board representatives on that committee from the Williston School Board. Currently, there is only one teacher employed by another district on the Williston School Board — myself. To avoid conflict of interest, I have never served on the district negotiations committee. Board members Darlene Worth and Keith Roy, both non-teachers, were the Williston representatives during the last negotiations process.

Not only am I a teacher, but I am also a Williston taxpayer, faced with a 40 percent increase on my property tax bill … how does that make me “exempt” from “economic reality?”

Community members with questions about how school boards function can find information at the Vermont School Boards Association Web site www.vtvsba.org or by contacting Williston School Board directors (phone numbers and e-mails are listed in the Speak Your Mind section of the Observer each week).

Holly Rouelle
Williston parent and taxpayer
Essex Town School District educator
Williston School Board vice chairwoman

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Eat Mexican to Support Little League

In an effort to help support and ease some of the cost to Williston Little League families, we are holding a fundraiser at Mexicali Restaurant. On Monday August 11, 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the team to help defray costs incurred from their trip to the Eastern Regional Championship in Bristol, Conn.

So, come enjoy lunch, dinner, take out or just drinks. Mexicali is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. A huge congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents!

Nick Charboneau,
Mexicali Grill, Williston

Congrats to Williston
Little League

Williston should be very proud of the boys from the Williston Little League. They are the first ever 11- and 12-year-old All-Star State Champions from the Town of Williston!

I also want to congratulate the 9- and 10-year-old and 11-year-old teams that had great runs in their district tournaments.

As a former coach, I was very proud of my teams because of their great work ethic and determination in preparing for and playing in this tournament, and although we never reached the heights of this team, we played hard, were competitive to the end, had fun and learned some valuable and tough lessons. I am well aware of the effort and time put in by the players, coaches and parents and they should be proud of what they accomplished.

We wish you all the luck in Bristol as you continue your quest to get to Williamsport.

Congratulations to the coaches, the parents, the Williston Little League Organization and most of all to those players who made Williston proud — way to go Williston Little League!

Doug Teator
Williston
Editor's note: This letter arrived just after the 11- and 12-year-old All-Star team captured the Vermont title.

Negotiation clarification

The “Community Forum” in the Observer is a wonderful avenue for community members to voice their opinions. However, when community members state facts about our education system that are simply not accurate, they do a disservice to our schools and to our community. Phil Ronco's Guest Column on July 31 was incorrect when he wrote, “However, the fact that the teachers' contracts are negotiated behind closed doors by the School Board (consisting of teachers from other districts) strikes me as a rather blatant conflict of interest.”

Negotiations are done as a Chittenden South Supervisory Union district committee and there are two school board representatives on that committee from the Williston School Board. Currently, there is only one teacher employed by another district on the Williston School Board — myself. To avoid conflict of interest, I have never served on the district negotiations committee. Board members Darlene Worth and Keith Roy, both non-teachers, were the Williston representatives during the last negotiations process.

Not only am I a teacher, but I am also a Williston taxpayer, faced with a 40 percent increase on my property tax bill … how does that make me “exempt” from “economic reality?”

Community members with questions about how school boards function can find information at the Vermont School Boards Association Web site www.vtvsba.org or by contacting Williston School Board directors (phone numbers and e-mails are listed in the Speak Your Mind section of the Observer each week).

Holly Rouelle
Williston parent and taxpayer
Essex Town School District educator
Williston School Board vice chairwoman

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Calling Farm Festival volunteers

For the last 14 years, Adams Apple Orchard and Farm Market has hosted one of the biggest annual family activities in Williston. Our Fall Harvest Festival is designed to be a not-for-profit event to compliment our apple harvest. The weekend includes a petting zoo, marionette shows, cider-making demonstrations, hay wagon rides (used by Williston Central School as a fundraiser), pony rides, Bouncy Cow, crafters, food vendors and more. Approximately 5,000 visitors a year enjoy the fun for a few hours or a full day at our two locations. Entrance to the festival is free, as are most of the activities, with a few exceptions.

The expenses for this event reached more than $8,000 last year. This has been partly offset over the years by supportive area businesses and individuals. Although many of our past sponsors continue to help, we will need additional support this year due to the rising cost of the event. Help in the form of volunteers would be greatly appreciated. Should you, your business or organization wish to help in any way, please stop by our Farm Market on Old Stage Road for information.
Our family looks forward to continuing the Fall Festival tradition for the enjoyment of the community for years to come. With your help we will be able to do that.

The Adams Family
Williston

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