July 31, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline staged a sit-in protest at the Williston staging area Wednesday morning, attempting to stop work on the pipeline extension project. Look for the story in tomorrow’s Observer.

LIFE IN WILLISTON: Spring is in the air

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By Karen Wyman

Ah, the smell of spring in Vermont is in the air—maple syrup and pancakes. As my husband and I scrambled around the house setting the clocks ahead, our girls excitedly shouted important reminders to us. No, they weren’t reminding us to also change the smoke alarm batteries, or to make sure our taxes were filed, they were regaling the fact that the Williston Fire Department Pancake Breakfast is coming up soon. I’m not sure how they know to connect “springing ahead” to the annual breakfast, but they are indeed correct!

If you haven’t attended the breakfast, we highly recommend you check it out this year. It’s a fun way to reconnect with neighbors you haven’t seen much during the winter, enjoy some delicious food and support our local fire station and EMS. If you are interested (and you should be!) it’s Sunday March 24 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Did I mention it’s all you can eat?

If the thought of maple syrup has you excited, you also won’t want to miss Vermont Maple Open House Weekend next weekend. Williston boasts some wonderful facilities—The Comeau Family Sugarhouse, Sugartree Maple Farm and the Isham Family Farm. Nothing says spring in Vermont quite like watching the sap boil!

I would be totally remiss if I didn’t also mention this coming weekend’s big event—St. Patrick’s Day. Also, if you have children who would love to try to catch a naughty leprechaun, you’re in luck, because Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is holding a “Make a Leprechaun Trap” event. One of our favorite seasonal traditions is making a trap each year with the girls and waking up on St. Patrick’s Day to see what mischief the little guy created in the house. It never fails that we find green water in the toilet bowls, upside-down chairs, green milk in the fridge, and always an empty trap! I feel confident this is the year we will catch him though.

On Sunday, March 17, you can also catch S.D. Ireland’s annual Concrete Mixer Parade to benefit the S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund. Little ones are guaranteed to love the sight of the mammoth trucks and the sounds of honking horns galore!

Every year during these first few weekends in March, we have out-of-state friends come visit us. We are so proud to show them the beautiful town we live in and all of the family-friendly events there are to experience, especially during this time of year. Watching a young child have his/her first taste of sugar on snow and then bite into a pickle is priceless! Judging from Williston’s extensive community calendar over the next few weeks, this year surely won’t disappoint our visitors.

So, happy maple sugaring and happy Leprechaun Day to you and yours, and although Manti Te’o may have forever tainted this wish, I would still like to wish you all the luck of the Irish!

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

 
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