Letters to the Editor

Nov. 23, 2011


Families as Partners appreciates support

Williston Families as Partners (FAP), our schools’ “PTA-like” organization, would like to thank the community (including the Williston Observer) for supporting our first-ever capital campaign — Williston Wins. We raised more than half of our $40,000 goal. With additional monies collected from our craft fair, the Stephen Mount Memorial Fun Run, the scholastic book fair and the Innisbrook sale, we’ve been able to do the following: pay for all field/teambuilding trips, eliminate the need for supplemental fundraising for preschool through grade 4 students, support the Intergenerational Reading program and provide much-needed resources for student services. We’ve also provided families with a tax-deductible way to support our local schools.

Next year, as Williston Wins gains even greater traction, we aim to eliminate door-to-door product sale fundraising — another step toward simplifying and better managing our fundraising efforts.

While the official fundraising campaign is over, it’s never too late to contribute. At any time during the year, you may send or mail a check (made payable to Williston FAP) to the front office at (Allen Brook or Williston Central) schools, ATTN: FAP. For 2011 contributions, we will send letters acknowledging tax deductions in early December.

Community fundraisers still to come from FAP in the spring include the Williston variety show and the big basket raffle.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about FAP or our schools fundraising programs, please send an email to

Patty Pasley

Williston Families as Partners


James Brown Drive traffic light long overdue

I found out that you did a write up on James Brown Drive for a traffic light (Observer, “Board zeroes in on Circ alternative,” Nov. 10, 2011).

I’m disappointed I was not aware of the (Williston Selectboard) agenda pertaining to this subject. I wish the Board would have sent letters to all owners — business and residential — on James Brown Dr. so more serious discussions on this subject would have been reviewed.

I work on James Brown Dr. I have been under the impression that part of the deal was to have the light be installed within a reasonable amount of time as a requirement. The town can put in longer walkways and bike path. Why wasn’t the light installed at that time? It seems the light should have taken precedent or be completed at the same time.

To wait another one to two years, potentially, is way too long. This was in the works a long time ago but was not enforced from what I can see.

This is a major issue. The town knew about this and did not act or enforce when it should have at the beginning. Meanwhile, travelers’ lives are at risk every minute of the day. The new walkway is nice, but not nearly used as much as those of along James Brown Dr.

Just wait until bicycles and foot traffic are out, and traffic needs to move. Someone will get hurt.

Tyler E. Andersen

Duane Merrill & Co Auctioneers & Appraisals associate

137 James Brown Drive



Thank you, CVU students

On Nov. 11, the Champlain Valley Union High School student council hosted a rave at the school. Raves in general have a bad reputation, but not this one … this one had heart and soul. It was in honor of Joe Shook, a student who passed away over the summer. Joe adored music and loved to dance, so this was a very fitting tribute to his memory.

Students who attended were greeted at the door with a smiling picture of Joe — it set the tone for the evening. Everyone had fun and was respectful. Most importantly, money was raised for the Partners In Adventure Joe Shook Scholarship Fund. The fund allows children and young adults with disabilities to attend summer camps provided by Partners In Adventure. Attendance at the Rave was $5, but many students added more to the donation box, and the evening raised a little more than $1,500. As a para-educator at the school, I could not be more proud of our students. Thank you!

Sheila Kazak

Partners In Adventure board co-president