April 25, 2017


By Karen Wyman


After a brief hiatus from writing the column in which I planned the twins’ birthday, orchestrated my husband’s birthday, coordinated summer camps and vacations, scheduled after-school care for next year, attended t-ball games and volunteered at various school events, as well as accepted a larger role at work, I realized Life in Williston is good but extremely busy. It seems not only we residents of Williston have hectic schedules—Williston itself is consumed with growth and activity.

New businesses and ventures are popping up all over our great town, and upcoming festivities including celebrating Williston’s 250th anniversary are sure to make this summer unforgettable. My family and I are so excited to partake in these events, but as our calendar quickly fills up with commitments, I realize that time is precious and unscheduled free time is a rarity. It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to forgo some of my obligations. I have absolutely loved every minute of writing Life in Williston, but I feel I now need to be more present in my own life in Williston. As so many of you know, as our children grow up, they have increasingly more complex and crazy activity and social calendars. Some days we literally run all over Williston trying to maintain these schedules, but I wouldn’t change a thing. We are truly blessed to live here, and I appreciate our wonderful community and all it has to offer. Thank you Williston residents for allowing me into your lives this past year and a half, and I hope you all are able to take the time to enjoy your life in Williston!

Karen Wyman has been a Williston resident for seven years, and lives with her husband and twin 5-year-old daughters.



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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