Sept. 30, 2010
The Williston Observer is celebrating its 25th year providing news to the community. Here are some stories from past months of September:
♦ The Williston Whistle reported in September 1987 that the paper would become a “Newspaper of Record.” The distinction meant the paper would “have a permanent place in the files of the Law & Document Unit of the Dept. of the Libraries in Montpelier,” according to the article.
♦ Williston welcomed its first town manager in September 1988. Paul D. McGinley of East Barre began at the position on Sept. 6 that year, after serving as the town manager of Barre from 1972 to 1986. McGinley’s tenure was short-lived, as he resigned a year later.
“For the manager to do his statute duties, the departments will be required to work together and through the manager to the Selectboard. The manager must have the backing of the Selectboard,” McGinley said in September 1989.
♦ Wal-Mart broke ground in Williston on Sept. 18, 1995, with Selectman Herb Goodrich pushing the first shovel into the earth. The 115,000-square-foot store had mixed support from residents, the Whistle reported in its Sept. 21 edition.
♦ The Williston Selectboard in September 1997 passed an “ordinance prohibiting all but shotgun fire in most of Williston north of Interstate 89,” the Whistle reported in its Sept. 18, 1997 edition. The decision allowed the use of other firearms — including rifles, pistols and revolvers — in a section of forest and farmland north of Gov. Chittenden Road and east of North Williston Road.
♦ Construction equipment broke ground for Maple Tree Place in September 2000, the Whistle reported in its Sept. 7 issue.
♦ In the Sept. 28, 2000 edition of the Whistle, the paper reported that Chittenden County Transit Authority buses would begin serving Williston on Oct. 2. The bus service was set to run from the University Mall in South Burlington to the Amtrak station in Essex Junction. Fares were $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.
♦ A Burlington man died on Sept. 24, 2001 after being shot by police officers, the Whistle reported in the Sept. 27 paper. One Williston police officer and two state troopers opened fire on 43-year-old Elisei Borlovan near the corner of Vermont 2A and Industrial Avenue. Borlovan allegedly pointed a rifle at the officers after what appeared to be a botched break-in at a local gun store.
♦ Williston police officers reached an agreement with the town in September 2002 for an 11 percent pay raise over three years. The Selectboard approved the contract, which ran from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2005, on Sept. 12.
♦ The Selectboard banned smoking in Williston restaurants in September 2004, the paper reported on Sept. 23. Chili’s Grill & Bar was the only restaurant in town affected by the ban.
♦ The Observer reported on Sept. 20, 2004 that The Haunted Forest, an annual Halloween-time event with spooky skits, had signed a 15-year lease with the Catamount Family Center.
♦ Williston welcomed 12 victims of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, a story reported in the Sept .15 issue of the paper. The people had family and friends in Williston. Some stayed in a local motel, while others moved in with friends and family.
♦ The Old Brick Café in Williston Village closed in September 2007, the Observer reported on Sept. 13. The restaurant had opened in March 2005. Monty’s Old Brick Tavern now occupies the space.