Letters to the Editor

Feb. 17, 2011

Election Letters Policy
Town Meeting Day is Tuesday, March 1. Please note the Observer will not run any Letters to the Editor pertaining to the elections on Feb. 24, the edition prior to Town Meeting.
All Letters to the Editor written in regards to Town Meeting were to be received by Feb. 14, and appear in this week’s issue of the Observer.

A vote for Ingram

May I draw your attention to one of the Selectboard candidates – my friend Debbie Ingram. She is extremely qualified for this position and we would be fortunate to have her serve. This Stanford (University) graduate has a wealth of experience to bring to the table. As a member of the Williston Planning Commission for the past five years, Debbie knows intimately the issues facing Williston. Her accomplishments are numerous, including being a graduate of the 2010 Vermont Leadership Institute. Other submissions to the paper have detailed her extensive professional and her civic volunteer experience but I would like to speak to her character. She has wisdom, patience and perspective. Her devotion, commitment and determination will make Williston an even better town. I urge you to vote for Debbie.

Linda Brownell, Williston

Support Ingram

I encourage Williston voters to support Debbie Ingram for the 3-year Selectboard seat. Debbie is an active, contributing, community member in Williston and the region, and will do a great job balancing the responsibilities of a Selectperson. She brings a wealth of experience to the board and will provide a perspective that balances economic growth and stability with quality of life.

Debbie has been a member of Williston’s Planning Commission for several years. This experience and her extensive knowledge of the town plan will be of great value to the Selectboard. As Williston continues to face a difficult economy, Debbie’s calm demeanor, insight, experience and wisdom are assets that will be a great benefit for all of us. Please make every effort to get to the polls and vote for Debbie.

Judy Sassorossi, Williston

We need Ingram

Debbie Ingram has the experience, responsible attitude, and common sense to work effectively on the Selectboard. Debbie’s work on the Planning Commission reflects her commitment to support Williston’s sense of community.  She brings people together to focus on problem solving for the good of our community. I urge you to vote for Debbie Ingram for Selectboard on March 1. Her common sense approach is what we need to balance the budget, build policies, and support needed services and programs in town.

Ginny Lyons, Williston

Ingram endorsement

I ask my fellow Willistonians to vote for Debbie Ingram. I met Debbie three years ago when I joined the Williston Planning Commission. In those three years I have had the pleasure to watch and learn from Debbie. She mentored many of us “newbies” on the Commission, as we worked on writing the town bylaws and the newly completed comprehensive town plan. Debbie’s expertise and common sense are invaluable as Williston continues to grapple with managing the town’s growth while maintaining its rural charm. I have been so impressed with Debbie’s tireless work ethic and dedicated commitment that she and I recently formed a business partnership and started a local film production company. I whole-heartedly endorse Debbie Ingram for Selectboard. Please join me in voting for her.

Joel Klein, Williston

Support Article 6

On March 1 we ask for your support of Article 6 that authorizes the town to bond for $600,000 and to create a special assessment district for the Meadowridge neighborhood. This will allow funding from the State Revolving Loan Fund for the already approved connection of the 60-home Meadowridge community to the Williston sewer district.
It is important to note that there will be no cost to any Williston resident except the Meadowridge community. We will pay all costs necessary to repay the bond from the state and all interest costs. In addition, each Meadowridge house will pay the sewer connection fee. In order for the town to support this low interest loan, the Williston residents at town meeting must approve it.

This connection to the Williston sewer system is necessitated by the failure of the Meadowridge septic system and the need for a permanent, environmentally friendly solution. The Selectboard has recognized the importance of this and has already approved the connection.

Once funding is approved, a new sewer line will be installed from our community along South Road. It will connect to the pumping station located on Oak Hill Road. Every Meadowridge resident would pay sewer fees based on water usage like every other town resident.
Thank you in advance for supporting this critical issue.

Claire Rutenbeck, Dave DeLuca, Polly Malik, Dennis Johnson, and Bob Clarke
Meadowridge Board of Directors

Support CVU Relay For Life team

My name is Emma Gause and I’m a senior and Nordic skier at Champlain Valley Union High School. Please help our Relay For Life team. Relay For Life is a 24-hour event held by the American Cancer Society on March 19-20 to raise money for cancer research. Last year, CVU sent 30 skiers and raised almost $2,000. Our fundraising goal this year is $2,500. It would be excellent if the community could help us reach our goal. All the money is going directly to the American Cancer Society.
Donations can be mailed to:
Emma Gause
369 CVU Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461
Donations can also be made online at Click “Donate to Our Team.”
All donations are due by March 16. Thank you for your support. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please e-mail me at

Emma Gause, CVU Nordic Relay For Life team

St. George School Board opening

Are you a resident of St. George interested in becoming more involved in the community? A position on the St. George School Board is open for a 3-year term starting next month.
Meetings take place the second Wednesday of the month. Our children need you to represent them.

Come to the St. George Town Meeting at 6 p.m. on March 1 at Rocky Ridge Golf Course.

Caroline Jalbert, St. George School Board

Kids’ community service needs more exposure

As someone who devoted several years in the newspaper industry, I wish to acknowledge the Williston Observer for their level of dedication in publishing great news stories in the community, especially for kids of all ages. We (our family) receive the paper each week and read its informative news articles about community wide events and local good cheer.

In my opinion, advertisers can achieve great success with increased support of community-wide events and positive news stories. Thank you to the Observer for making such a positive difference in the community.

The Observer might consider a special section of the paper that talks about what kids are doing in their community, in celebration of their future goals.

Peter Searle, Williston