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Town initiates trio of lawsuits Disputes with landowners and State of Vermont filed in county court By Jason Starr Observer staff

The Town of Williston has brought three new lawsuits to Chittenden County Court this winter. One involves disputed outdoor storage on Old Stage Road that has escalated from a zoning violation. In a second lawsuit, the town is seeking compensation from a Taft Corners building owner for a 9 million gallon waterline break. A third suit pits the town and co-plaintiff South Burlington against the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in an appeal of the agency’s revised wetland protection regulations.

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ABOVE: Ella Woodruff (20) gets a hug from fellow senior Megan Gilwee during CVU’s state championship game against St. Johnsbury on Sunday at the University of Vermont. BELOW: Kaylee Beyor puts up a shot during the game.

TOWN VS. BROOKSIDE PROPERTIES In a Jan. 29 filing in Environmental Court, the town seeks a court order for the removal of heavy equipment and construction materials on a residential property on Old Stage Road, as well as a fine and reimbursement for attorneys fees. Neighbors have accused property owner Rene Thibault of using the 4-acre parcel as storage for a property development company. Zoning Administrator Matt Boulanger agreed, and issued a notice of zoning violation after a site visit last fall. Photos from the visit show cement mixers, construction materials and trailers, among other things, parked near trees on a field on the property. Outdoor commercial storage is not allowed in the Village Zoning District. Thibault appealed the violation to the Development Review Board in November, alleging that other village residents use their properties for storage of trailers and boats. “I’m just using this property as basically my backyard like anyone else would,” he told the board. “How can you condemn one and not the others?” Thibault did not agree that the stored items are for commercial use. “I’m retired,” he said. “I own it personally.” The Development Review Board upheld the zoning violation, but in a Jan. 15 site visit, Boulanger noted that the items had not been cleared. Court documents do not show a response from Thibault. “If no answer is filed, the plaintiff may move for see LAWSUITS page 3

Dreams denied CVU falls to St. J in title game By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

For the entirety of the first half of Sunday’s Division I girls basketball championship game, Champlain Valley Union survived with its 3-point game. But in the second half, it was the long game of St. Johnsbury’s Neva Bostic that ultimately doomed the Redhawks’ chances at coming away with a title. Bostic hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, and the Hilltoppers beat Champlain Valley 42-35 to capture their second straight D-I state championship. “Those three 3s were just devastating,” said CVU coach Ute Otley. “I liked our defensive intensity, I liked the way we defended tonight. Those three Bostic shots were tough shots. “It went from tied to nine points like that.” “Winning two in a row is a big deal,” said St. Johnsbury coach Jack Driscoll. “Winning two in a see BASKETBALL page 17

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WATER BILL AND HOMESTEAD DECLARATION DEADLINES APPROACH Town of Williston water/sewer/ stormwater bills have been mailed and are due to the town clerk by March 31. Williston residents are also reminded to file their Homestead Declaration (Form HS-122) by the April 15 deadline. It can be filed with the Vermont Income Tax Return or electronically at any time. For property tax purposes, a

property is considered “nonresidential” until it is claimed as the owner’s “homestead.” A property ow ner must f ile a homestead declaration if the owner owns and occupies the property as his or her primary residence and is domiciled in Vermont. Owners of homestead property acquired as

of April 1 must file by the April 15 deadline. Late filing will be accepted through Oct. 15, but a late penalty may apply. For those seeking a property tax adjustment, For m HI-144, the Household Income Schedule, must be completed to determine eligibility. Generally, household incomes of $136,500 or more do not receive an adjustment. The maximum property tax adjustment is $8,000. Residents will not receive a Property Tax Ad-

justment unless both a Form HS122 (Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim) and a Form HI-144 (Household Income Schedule) are filed. For more information, visit tax. vermont.gov/property-owners or contact the Vermont Department of Taxes at (802) 828-2865 or 866-828-2865. SCOUTS SUPPORT SPECTRUM WITH GAZEBO SLEEPOUT


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fied, knowledgeable and competent contractor to undertake the modifications to the water delivery system on the property.” In addition to the $60,000 in water loss, the town also seeks reimbursement for expenses related to investigating the leak and for court costs and attorneys fees. In a Feb. 4 response, Overlake places blame with its contractors: “The damages alleged by the town were due to the … act of a third party over whom (Overlake) had no control or authority.”


a default judgment, the case may be decided without a hearing and without further notice to the defendant,” a Feb. 1 memo from the court states. TOWN VS. OVERLAKE PARK The town filed a civil court complaint in December alleging Overlake Park — a New Hampshire-based company with offices in Montpelier — illegally tapped into a water line serving its two buildings at 2033 Essex Road (Route 2A) and caused 9 million gallons of water to spill from the town’s system. The town values the water loss at about $60,000. According to court documents, the leak went undetected for more than two months until the Champlain Water District, which wholesales water to the town, notified the public works department of conspicuous over-consumption in the system. The leak continued for nearly three more months as the town and water district investigated the source.

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Outdoor storage captured here on Old Stage Road as part of a town zoning violation notice is not permitted for commercial purposes in the Village Zoning District.

Overlake disavows responsibility for the leak, blaming instead two contractors it hired to work on its two buildings. The company has requested a jury trial. According to court documents, Overlake hired an excavator and general contractor in October 2017 to separate the water delivery systems of its two buildings in an attempt to winterize one of the

buildings. The town alleges that contractors created an unpermitted water line to the smaller of the two buildings that bypassed the water meter on the property. The work caused a leak that went “undetected and uncorrected for an extended period of time,” the town writes in a Dec. 3 court filing. “Overlake failed to exercise due care to engage a diligent, quali-

TOWN VS. VERMONT AGENCY OF NATURAL RESOURCES In November, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources issued new rules for performing maintenance on infrastructure in wetlands, including wastewater system replacements, stormwater retrofits and road or trail enhancements. Because the permit covers work essential to the function of the Williston and South Burlington public works departments, the municipalities joined in an Environmental Court appeal of the new regulations. The appeal was filed in December. An initial status con-

ference is scheduled for Monday. According to Williston town attorney David Rugh, the town is making the appeal to seek more clarity on what the new permit authorizes and prohibits. On initial reading, it appears the town will have to get approval for work that was previously exempt, he said. “The underlying wetlands rules never changed. Now this permit seems to negate aspects of the exemptions and creates uncertainty for parties that have to comply with it,” Rugh said. “The public works staff wants to better understand how this new permit applies to everyday work that might occur within a wetland that doesn’t involve substantial new improvements, but repair and maintenance of existing facilities.” Public works and agency staff have already had conversations to clarify the new requirements, and the case may be resolved through mediation, Rugh said. “We’re hopeful we can reach an agreement based on the discussions that have already occurred, but that remains to be seen,” he said. “We have reason to believe the parties aren’t that far apart.”

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Teamwork, sportsmanship and respect on our ballfields Williston Little League is a nonprofit organization that is 100 percent volunteer run. With over 260 Williston and St. George children registered in 2018, we are proud to be the largest youth sports organization in town. Every one of our elected officers and board members believes in providing the benefits of a Little League program to the youth in our community. We are thankful to the many volunteers over the years who have put the time and commitment into the program, and a special thank you to Bruce Allen, who is now in his 20th year on our board. Playing in Little League is a great way for children to learn about teamwork, good sportsmanship and respect, and to also foster a sense of community. Our goal is to provide a safe atmosphere while helping every child have fun and improve skills during the season. Every player, regardless of their ability, should feel that they are part

A Williston Little League softball team poses for a photo last spring.

of a team. The skills they learn will help them not only on the ball field, but throughout their lives. Emphasizing the spirit of Little League, no child within the age limits will ever be turned away due to cost. Scholarships are available. Our biggest fundraiser is the an-

nual Hit-a-thon, which will be held this year at the Williston Central School fields Saturday, May 18, with a rain date of Sunday, May 19. You may see an aspiring baseball or softball player at your door in the next few weeks selling raffle tickets for this event.

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This fundraiser, along with our sponsors and donations by local businesses and community members, affords us new equipment such as baseballs, gloves, bats, scoreboards, sheds, field maintenance and batting cages. We have some great items being raffled off

the day of the event, and you don’t have to be present to win. Some of our top prizes this year will be a $500 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card and four tickets to see the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway. A list of our local sponsors can be found on our website (tshq.bluesombrero. com/wllbaseball). All of our divisions have games throughout the week at various fields: Allen Brook, Rossignol, Brennan Woods and Williston Central School. We also have interleague play with Shelburne and Richmond and travel to their fields as well as host them at our fields. We welcome community members to follow us on our Facebook page (@willistonvtlittleleague). People are encouraged to check out our website for game schedules and come out to support these young children. Our all star teams begin practicing in early to mid June. You can see these ball players out on see NONPROFIT page 5

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the fields practicing almost every night of the week to compete in tournaments that could lead them to be district, state or regional champs. Williston has produced very solid all star teams over the years through hard work and dedication on behalf of the coaches and players. Our teams are being formed right now, and there is still time for your child to join. Take it from some of our local athletes: “I’ve made a lot of my friends playing softball. I’ve been able to play school ball and wasn’t intimidated in making the team because I already knew a lot of the older girls from playing in

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The fear that rich people will leave the state has been driving Vermont tax policy for years. The idea is that the state’s taxes should be competitive with other states’ so that taxpayers, especially those at the top, don’t leave. But this worry is unfounded, and the result is that low- and moderate-income Vermonters pay higher taxes than they should, and the state’s revenues are inadequate to meet the state’s needs. The latest proposal that relies on this fear involves Vermont’s estate tax. As part of his fiscal 2020 budget proposal, Gov. Phil Scott proposed raising the threshold for Vermont’s estate tax, a change that would cost Vermont as much as $10 million a year in state revenues. As it stands now, the 16 percent tax kicks in for every dollar over $2.75 million in an estate. Very few estates pay the tax, typically around 1 percent of estates per year. But Gov. Scott would like the tax to apply to even fewer — only estates above $5.75 million. His reasons for this, as communicated in Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom’s recent testimony in the House Ways and Means Committee, seem to be twofold: 1) we have to

stay competitive with other states so we don’t scare off high-income Vermonters and 2) our tax system is already progressive enough. Those arguments seemed persuasive to some members of the committee. The tax commissioner noted that 422 Vermont taxpayers with incomes over $200,000 had left the state in 2017. That may sound like a lot, but it’s only one side of the story. It does not include the number of high-income taxpayers moving into Vermont. We don’t have data yet for 2017, but in tax year 2016, a similar number of Vermont taxpayers at that income level left the state: 420. But in the same year 401 moved to Vermont. That’s right, roughly the same number moved in as moved out. And that has been true for as long as we’ve been tracking interstate migration by income. But despite these facts, and research from across the country that shows state tax increases on high-income taxpayers do not drive them out, the fear keeps driving our tax policy. Regarding the tax commissioner’s assertion that our tax system is progressive enough, we disagree. In a progressive system, lower income tax-payers pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than higher

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add the F-35 to its strategic nuclear weapons arsenal, the group reported in a press release. A new nuclear gravity bomb, called the B61-12, is being built to fit the F-35 bomb bay. This bomb is over three times more powerful than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, which killed 150,000 people, the group asserts. “I am proud to stand with fellow Vermonters and declare loudly that we want no part of this new nuclear arms race in which the F-35 plays a major role,” said John Reuwer of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Greco said the Vermont Air National Guard base at Burlington International Airport will be a target of attack if the F-35s arrive as planned. “… Our enemies will target all F-35 bases,” she said. “As long as a category of aircraft has the possibility of delivering nuclear weapons, and as long as there are enough nuclear weapons to hit every target — and I can assure you that there are — then all F-35s and their bases are targets.” The organization is online at canbvt.org.


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Senate sends host of bills to House Full pot legalization, minimum wage increase, campaign finance restrictions among policies passed before ‘crossover’ Observer staff report The Vermont Legislature’s annual “crossover” deadline to pass legislation between the Senate and the House of Representatives is Friday. The following Senate bills were passed prior to last week’s Town Meeting Day break and are ready for House consideration. — S.23 would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. More than 60,000 low-wage workers are expected to see a wage increase if the bill is signed into law. Currently, more than 40 percent of all minimum wage workers are 35 or older; almost 90 percent are 20 or older. Also, 41 percent of minimum wage workers are the head of a family, meaning they provide most of their family’s income. — S.18 would invalidate unfair fine-fine-print in consumer contracts. Corporations have been increasingly successful in exposing consumers to burdensome demands in contracts for services like cell phones and car rent-

als. S.18 prevents “unconscionable” contract clauses, such as requiring consumers to travel to distant locations to resolve disputes and limiting appeal rights. — S.40 would provide 100 percent state funding to test every drinking source at every school and child care facility in Vermont. Last September, the Vermont Department of Health reported that all 16 schools tested for lead in drinking water had elevated levels. Lead exposure for children can damage brain development. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 29-0. — S.47 would ban direct corporate contributions to political parties and candidates for office in Vermont. If this ban is passed into law, Vermont will join 22 other states that have banned these contributions in an attempt to clean up elections. — S.54 would create a system to regulate the cannabis industr y to provide a safe method for consumers to purchase cannabis products. S.54 taxes the sale of cannabis and seeks

to eliminate the black market. — S.86 would increase the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. Research indicates that raising the legal age of purchasing tobacco products to 21 will result in 11,000 fewer Vermont adults smoking. Among adults who smoke, approximately 90 percent first used cigarettes before age 19. — H.3 would initiate a review of the curriculum used in all Vermont public schools in order to increase awareness of the contribution, treatment and perspectives of Vermont’s racial, ethnic and social minorities. H.3 passed the Senate 28-0. The Senate has also initiated hearings to better understand the health impacts Vermont soldiers deployed overseas may experience due to exposure to “burn pits.” Burn pits are large burn piles the military uses to eliminate all sorts of waste. “This could be a massive public health crisis in the making, and we need to protect our soldiers,” said Senate President Tim Ashe.

Former NFL quarterback plans Williston visit Ryan Leaf will share story of opioid addiction, mental illness and finding purpose Ryan Leaf’s once-promising career as an NFL quarterback came to a disappointing end, but he has forged a new path based on his personal challenges with mental health and addiction. A former first-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers, Leaf now advocates for the recovery community, supporting those in need of hope and dedicated to reaching anyone who cannot yet imagine a better life for themselves. At a free public event sponsored by NorthCountry FedRyan Leaf eral Credit Union, Leaf will tell the story of his journey from being one of the nation’s most sought-after athletes to contemplating his choices from a jail cell. Students, families, health practitioners and anyone interested in hearing Leaf’s story are encouraged to attend. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. The event is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Majestic 10 Cinemas at Maple Tree Place in Williston. Registration is required by April 15. Register by emailing Selma at shebib@ northcountry.org, calling (802) 264-6712 or visiting northcountry.org.

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County’s first diaper bank opens Project aims to distribute thousands of free diapers to families in need The Junior League of Champlain Valley established Chittenden County’s first diaper bank last Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in South Burlington. The Junior League has partnered with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and local food shelves in Williston, Hinesburg, Richmond and Milton to distribute nearly 100,000 free diapers annually. The bank’s first cache of diapers was made possible by a donation of over 46,000 diapers from Seventh Generation. “Babies are the ones who suffer most from lack of supply of clean and dry diapers,” said Junior League Diaper Bank chair Amanda Herzberger. “It’s a nationwide problem, and one that we hope to help alleviate at the state level with assistance to our community food shelves that support families in need.” Diaper need impacts one-third of

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From left to right, Rep. Maida Townsend, Hinesburg Community Resource Center Executive Director Rachel Kring, Anna McMahon of the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Seventh Generation Manager of Community and Environmental Impact Chris Lyon, Junior League of Champlain Valley Diaper Bank chair Amanda Herzberger, Sen. Bernie Sanders Health Policy Director Kathryn Van Becker Haste and Junior League of Champlain Valley president Jill Everett celebrate the opening of the Junior League Diaper Bank in South Burlington last Thursday.

United States families, according to the Junior League. It can cost over $100 per month to diaper a child, and no state or federal safety

net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers; in fact, many prohibit spending money on them.

“No one in Vermont wants vulnerable babies to suffer,” Herzberger said. “It’s time to help people understand the problem and work

together to fix it.” Donations of diapers can be made to the Diaper Bank via dropoff bins at Healthy Living in South Burlington and Kismet Place in Williston, or through the Junior League Diaper Bank’s Amazon wish list. Donated diaper packages may be of any type, size or brand, and can include open packages with the size clearly labeled. Sizes 3 and 4 in particular are currently in demand. Hosting a school or office diaper drive is another way to be involved. Diaper drive resources can be found on the Junior League Diaper Bank website ( jlcv.org/ diaper-bank) — or email jlcvdiaperbank@gmail.com for more information. The Junior League of the Champlain Valley, founded in 1985, strives to improve the quality of life for children, women and families at risk in the community through increased awareness, community partnerships and providing a legacy of trained volunteers.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Local entertainers Hinesburg series welcomes plan benefit cabaret Caribbean musician Williston residents Jacob Tischler and Ethan Tischler will join Carl Recchia and special guest Alanna J. Smith in a benefit cabaret to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence in India. Two shows are scheduled for Thursday, March 21 at Bread & Butter Farm, 200 Leduc Farm Road in Shelburne.

An early show starts at 6:15 p.m. and a late show at 8:15 p.m. Proceeds will benef it Wheels for Women (wheels4women.org), a foundation started at Ithaca College that provides vehicles to rescue women i n I nd ia f rom do mestic violence. Tickets are available at breadandbutterfarm.com.

Richmond library hosts evening of contra/square dancing Caller Lausanne Allen will team up with f iddler Dave Carpenter and pianist April Werner for a contra and square dance session in Richmond on March 23. The dance runs from 7-10 p.m. at the Richmond Free Library’s community room, 201 Bridge Street. The event is sponsored by the Richmond

Community Senior Center. Allen calls dances throughout the region and g uides beginners through the basics for an inclusive event. A suggested donation of $5-$10 for adults and $10-$20 for families will be accepted at the door. Call Allen at 453-2199 for more information.

The 23rd annual Hinesburg Artist Series spring concert is set for Sunday March 24 featuring Becky Bass, a vocalist, steel pianist and actor originally from St. Croix in the British Virgin Islands. Bass graduated from Brown University in 2013 and now resides in Providence, R.I. The concert will begin at 4:30 p.m. at St. Jude’s Church in Hinesburg. Bass won the Weston Award for Excellence in Musical Theater from Brown; she is also a two-time New England Urban Music Award winner. She is currently the director of a youth choir in Rhode Island. Her performances combine vocals with skillful steel piano to create Caribbean soul music. Her first solo album, “My Love Is Real,” debuted in 2013. She is currently working on her second album of all original music. At the Hinesburg show, Bass will be joined by the South County Chorus and Hinesburg Artist Series Orchestra in a gospel music performance. Tickets are available from the Flynn Theatre box office, Blue Cottage Gifts in Hinesburg and the Hinesburg Recreation Office.

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St. Croix native Becky Bass will perform Sunday, March 24 at St. Jude’s Church in Hinesburg.

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this” … “I shouldn’t do that”). Shorn of long-established support systems, kids at camp must identify the resources that can help them meet personal and group goals, resolve conflicts and find success. SEIFER: When my parents’ SUV moved out of sight, I was, for the first time in my nine years of life, on my own. It didn’t hit me right away that the next morning my mom wouldn’t be there to wake me up, my dad to help me sail, or even that I wouldn’t come home at the end of the day to find my bed nicely made. My camp counselors introduced me to something new: adults who would show me the way but not hold my hand the entire time. I did a lot of active learning. I would always try something the first time, and if I couldn’t figure it out on my own, my counselors would be there for guidance. SELF-CONFIDENCE WALLACE: For campers, becoming self-

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reliant is predicated on having the self-confidence to succeed educationally and socially. In turn, self-confidence is born of a positive sense of oneself: the experiences one has (and one’s evaluation of those experiences) and how closely one’s achievements match one’s expectations. Campers gain self-confidence when they find meaningful, fulfilling educational and social experiences at camp, i nt e r p r e t t ho s e ex p e r ie nc e s correctly, and have reasonable, a ch ievable ex p e ct at ion s for success. SEIFER: At my summer camp, activity awards were handed out at assemblies. Campers’ names were read aloud as they walked onstage to the sound of applause. I n ret rospect, I realized this simple act served a much greater purpose than just handing out certificates. It is not always essential for campers to become the best at whatever they choose to do, but it is essential that they feel they’ve accomplished something. Publicly recognizing a camper for his or her accomplishments builds self-confidence. EXPLORATION WALLACE: Camp is, in short, about learning: learning about oneself, learning about others and learning about new ways to approach the world. Self-confidence leads to learning through exploration of one’s interests, abilities and relationships. To

maximize exploration, young people need to feel safe — free from fear of ridicule, sarcasm or insult. Creating a community of caring where young people feel comfortable moving beyond their “comfort zone” to the “challenge zone” promotes exploration. SEIFER: My counselors were always pushing me. Pushing me during unit games, pushing me in the cabin toward new activities, pushing me to be a better sailor and pushing me toward girls at dances. In their own ways, they encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and take a risk. I

developed a trust with them and in turn with the entire camp community. Whether I was on the water, on a field or in my cabin, I always knew that my counselors and the camp would have my back. RESPONSIBILITY WALLACE: Beyond the buddies, baseballs and bonfires lies the true value of the summer camp experience: a heightened sense of personal responsibility for the well-being of others. That “other orientation” manifests itself in many ways, including a strong

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feel good the entire year. One of many lifelong things I learned at camp is a conscious responsibility to always be there for my friends and for others. Away from camp, I have volunteered as a peer leader, facilitating discussions about alcohol and drug use with middle and high school students and their parents, and I have joined fellow athletes in performing community service. Printed with permission from the American Camp Association (acacamps.org).

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Playoff runs end for hockey and hoops After upsetting No. 2 BFA-St. Albans in the Division I boys hockey quarterfinals, Champlain Valley eyed a spot in the championship game. The Redhawks took on No. 6 Rice on Saturday in the semifinals, looking to earn a berth in Wednesday’s title game at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Instead, it is the Green Knights who will play in their first state championship game since 2002 after beating CVU 1-0. The two teams battled in a scoreless matchup until there was just under eight minutes to play when Rice’s Ryan Byrnes knocked in a rebound for the only goal of the game. Sam Rubman and Reilly Hickey each had an assist on the game-winner. Logan Cody made 18 saves for the Redhawks, who finished the season at 6-12-2. The season also came to an end for the CVU boys basketball team last week. The sixth-seeded Redhawks lost 54-46 to No. 11 seed South Burlington in the Division I playdowns. The Wolves outscored the host Redhawks 23-7 in the fourth quarter to earn a comeback win. Cole Otley led the CVU scorers with 15 points, while Bennett Cheer and Ethan Harvey each scored nine points. Mason Otley added eight points. Evan Parker led all scorers with 20 points for South Burlington, while Tyler Gammon chipped in with 18 points. — Lauren Read

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led all scorers with 13 points, while reigning Gatorade Player of the Year Sadie Stetson had 12 points. Bostic finished with 10 points, all in the third quarter. “Sadie Stetson is a defensive presence on her side of the floor, no matter what,” Otley said. “I definitely think she took away some options and made our kids hesitate. Her defensive presence is something for sure.” Mekkena Boyd paced the Redhawks with 10 points, and Catherine Gilwee added nine points, which all came from 3-pointers. It was the third year in a row that St. Johnsbury and Champlain Valley have met in the final and the second year in a row that the Hilltoppers have emerged on top. Champlain Valley finished the season 23-1 after coming into the postseason with an undefeated record.

row against CVU is a bigger deal.” After the two teams came out of halftime tied 17-17, they traded early chances but could not pull away. Then Bostic, who has been hot from the 3-point line throughout the playoffs, found space at the top of the arc and scored, which turned into a –Jack Driscoll 4-point play when she hit a foul shot. St. Johnsbury coach Forty-five seconds later, the senior found space again, hitting another 3-pointer to give St. Johnsbury a 24-19 lead. One more shot from behind the the St. Johnsbury lead. CVU went arc, with 2:42 remaining in the third 11-for-43 from the floor for the game quarter, gave the Hilltoppers a 29-19 — and 7-of-15 from the 3-point line. lead and all of the momentum. “We knew we couldn’t take ev“Neva Bostic’s 3-pointers, that erything away from them,” Driscoll was clearly the turning point,” said. “We wanted to clog the paint, Driscoll said. “It got us pumped up keep the ball out of the middle.” and energized. It was huge lift.” St. Johnsbury’s Josie Choiniere It was a reversal of fortune for the Redhawks, who went 5-for-5 from the 3-point line in the first half. But the top seed strugCombined gled with every coupon value other shot, going total $15! 1-for-16 from the floor. Call for an appointment. “You’ve got to No appointment needed. have that balance, Most vehicles. Not valid with any other offers. Must present Up to 5 qts. Most vehicles. Not valid with any other offers. coupon. One coupon per vehicle. Exp. 6/14/19 you’ve got to hit Must present coupon. One coupon per vehicle. Exp. 6/14/19 from the inside WO WO out first,” Otley said of the team’s offensive woes. “It wasn’t for lack of effort.” T h e of f e n s e 1691 Shelburne Rd., So. Burlington • 951-0290 improved slightSusie Wilson Rd., Essex Junction • 879-2707 ly in the second half, but it was not Established 1996 LIKE US ON FA C E B O O K enough to counter

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medical emergencies. But unfortunately, routine care like eye exams and eyeglasses are the beneficiary’s responsibility. Here’s a breakdown of what is and isn’t covered. Eye exams and treatments: Medicare does not cover routine eye exams that test for eyeglasses or contact lenses. But it does cover yearly medical eye exams if you have diabetes or are at high risk for glaucoma. They will also pay for exams to test and treat medical eye diseases if you’re having vision Dear Looking, Many people approaching 65 are unclear on what Medicare problems that indicate a serious eye problem like macular does and doesn’t cover when it comes to vision services. The degeneration, dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, eye infections good news is that original Medicare covers most medical or if you get something in your eye. Eye surgeries: Medicare will cover most eye surgeries that issues like cataract surgery, treatment of eye diseases and help repair the eye function, including cataract surgery to remove cataracts and insert standard intraocular lenses to replace your own. Medicare will not, however, pick up the extra cost if you choose a specialized lens that restores full range of vision, thereby We give people the help they need reducing your need for glasses to live in the place they love™ after cataract surgery. The extra cost for a specialized lens can run up to $2,500 per eye. Eye surgeries that are usually not covered by Medicare include refractive (LASIK) surger y and cosmetic eye surgery that is not considered medically necessary. Eyeglasses and contact lenses: Medicare does not pay for eyeglasses or contact 802-862-7200 lenses, with one exception: If GriswoldHomeCare.com/Northern-Vermont you have had a convention© 2019 Griswold International, LLC al intraocular lens inserted

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OBITUARIES Violet King Ploof WILLISTON Violet King Ploof, age 71, of Williston Vermont, earned her angel wings on March 6, 2019. Violet was born to Lillian and (the late) Wilfred King on June 8, 1947. She had a fiery spirit that taught others the importance of being courageous, strong and to reach for their dreams. She was loved by so many. Violet is predeceased by her son, Calvin Ploof III (“CJ” Ploof) and brother Butch King. She is survived by her loving husband Patrick Ploof; mother, Lillian; beloved daughter Virginia; son-in-law Kevin Grace, and the absolute joys of her life, her grandchildren: Summer and Cade Grace. Additionally, Violet is survived by her brothers Larry, Ronny and Danny King and her sister, Lillian Irish. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for March 24, 2019 at the St. John’s Club in Burlington from 12:004:00 pm. In the words of Violet, “1,000 angels…over and out!” Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of the Ready Funeral Home 261 Shelburne Rd. Burlington, VT 05401 Please visit www.cremationsocietycc.com to place on-line condolences.

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Cooking Corner

Packing your morning with protein One of the most beneficial ways to energize yourself each morning is by fueling your body with protein. This protein-packed breakfast recipe was developed by U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team dietitian Allen Tran to set the stage for an energetic day. Chocolat e Che r r y and Banana Overnight Oats are a source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Plus, they can be made in advance, allowing you to grab a healthy, ready-made breakfast to take on the go. Recipes that can be made in advance — like the night before — help you consume necessary nutrients without putting a rush on your morning routine.

Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats Yield: 2 jars 1/2 cup frozen dark sweet cherries 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 container (12 ounces) chocolate milk 1 ripe banana, sliced 1 pinch salt In two mason jars, add 1/4 cup frozen cherries in each. In microwave, thaw 30 seconds. Divide rolled oats, milk, banana and salt between jars. Cover with lids and shake until combined. Store in refrigerator overnight or at least several hours. Serve cold or warm in microwave. — Family Features

CALENDAR THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Waterfowl hearings Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department hosts public sessions on status of waterfowl populations and proposed hunting seasons. 6:30-9 p.m. Winooski High School, 60 Normand Street, Winooski. vtfishandwildlife.com. Sustainability conversation Williston residents gather for sustainability discussions, including the town energy plan and plastic ban legislation. Second Thursday of every month. 7:15-8:45 p.m. Vermont Tap House, 22 Merchants Row. sustainablewilliston.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Economist’s perspective Current U.S. trade policy discussion, led by Middlebury economics professor Obie Porteous. 2-3 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. South Burlington. 658-6554, vtodyssey@comcast. net.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Fly fishing film fest Screening of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. 2 p.m. McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael’s College. flyfilmfest.com.

Forest Walk Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper leads hikers through an active timber project in the Bolton town forest. 1-3 p.m. Meet at 3097 Stage Road in West Bolton.

Bird diva Bridget Butler presents “Owls of Vermont.” 2 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset Street, South Burlington, eeevermont.org. Dorothy Lovering, vtodyssey@comcast.net. 658-6554.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 The lessons of original Vermonters “Living like Original Vermonters of the Winooski — Applying the Best of the Past for a Sustainable Future.” 2 p.m. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. Forest walk Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper leads hikers through an active timber project in the Hinesburg town forest. 1 p.m. Meet at the end of Economou Road in Huntington.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Benefit cabaret “The Hub of The Wheel” — two performances by local entertainers to benefit Wheels for Women. Bread & Butter Farm, 200 Leduc Road, Shelburne. 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. breadandbutterfarm.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Owls of Vermont

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Pancake breakfast and sugarmakers tour All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Community Church of Huntington Annex in Huntington Center. 8-11 a.m. A Cub Scout fundraiser. The Huntington Sugarmakers Tour kicks off at 11 a.m. Heidi Racht, 434-2690 or heidiracht@ gmavt.net. Arts gala South Burlington Friends of the Arts annual gala celebrates the arts and raises funds for arts scholarships. 6 p.m. Delta by Marriot (formerly Trader Duke’s), 1117 Williston Rd., South Burlington.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Hinesburg Artist Series concert Vocalist, steel pianist and actor Becky Bass joins local chorus and orchestra in gospel music performance. 4:30 p.m. St. Jude’s Church, Hinesburg.

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Vermont Maple Open House Weekend on tap Vermont is the top maple producing state in the country, and producers will open the doors of their sugarhouses March 23-24 for visitors from near and far who want to see, taste and experience why. About 140 sugarmakers will par ticipate, including 22 new participating locations. Last year’s Maple Weekend drew an estimated 40,000 visitors to the state, according to the Agency of Agriculture. Vermont businesses that support Vermont’s maple industry by including maple in their ingredients, on their menus and offered for sale at their locations will participate with special displays and offerings during the weekend. Each partner business includes maple as a key component for the unique recipes and menu items appearing throughout the weekend. New partner businesses this year include Lawson’s Finest Liquids at its new taproom in Waitsfield, featuring two of new maple beers and Bluebird Barbeque in Burlington, featuring a full maple menu for

the weekend. Sugarmakers will be eager to educate and share with the public the sap-to-syrup process. Traditional open house activities include sampling syrup; pancake breakfasts; horse-drawn sleigh rides; sugaron-snow parties; and plenty of

maple products to taste, including maple donuts, maple cotton candy and maple creemees. For more information about the weekend and to view a map and list of participating sugarhouses and partnering businesses, visit vermontmaple.org/mohw.

MOVIES Majestic 10 at Maple Place – 190 Boxwood St., Williston MAJESTIC 10 ATTree MAPLE TREE PLACE 190 Boxwood St. Williston, VT 05495

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Girls on the Run registration opens

Girls on the Run Vermont’s registration for its spring program is now open at the program’s website, gotrvt.org. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of girls for a 10-week program that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community. Girls on the Run Vermont has impacted the lives of about 44,000 girls over 20 seasons. It will be offered at approximately 80 locations around the state, including Williston Central School. Groups meet twice a week for 90 minutes after school for lessons, discussion and running games. The season culminates with a 5K on June 1 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.

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Volunteer opportunities By Sue Alenick

United Way volunteer coordinator

MENTOR! MENTOR! – Spectrum Youth & Family Services invites volunteers, age 21+, and living in Chittenden County to share an hour or so a week with a youth in the local community. Mentoring pairs can share biking, beach days, shows at the Flynn, hiking, crafts and so much more. Contact Stephanie Ball at 864-7423, ext. 321 or email sball@spectrumvt.org. CHILD ADVOCATE – Guardian Ad Litem Program of Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties is in need of volunteers to make a difference in a child’s life by visiting monthly with the child, collecting information to understand important people and factors in the child’s life, representing to a judge in court what he/she feels is in the child’s best interest, attending court hearings and explaining the court process to the child and consulting with the child’s attorney. Training and support provided. Contact Kristi Theise at 5274029 or email Kristi.theise@vermont.gov. NAIL IT! – Converse Home has a need for a volunteer to provide manicures to residents for an hour or so on Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m. All supplies are provided. You don’t have to be a pro, just remove old polish, soak clean under and around nails, trim, file and paint. Contact Carol Ann Jones at 862-0401 or email caroljones@ conversehome.com.

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The Development Review Board will convene a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Town Clerk’s Office at 21 Barber Road, to consider an application (#192) from Paramount Properties L.L.C. for amendments to Conditions (6), (7a), (7c) and (9) of the Board’s final decision of Paramount’s proposed three-lot subdivision on Vermont Route 2A (parcel ID# 02-20-13.000), dated January 10, 2018, in accordance with the provisions of §7.10(G) of the Town’s Land Use Regulations (LUR). The application is available for inspection at the Town Clerk’s Office. Interested parties who wish to appeal or be heard at the hearing may do so in person, or may be represented by an agent or an attorney. Communications relating to the application may be filed in writing with the Board either before or during the hearing. N.B.:Participation in the hearing is necessary to establish status as an ‘interested person’ and the right to appeal a decision rendered in that hearing, according to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. 117 §§4465(b) and 4471(a). Participation consists of offering, through oral or written testimony, evidence or a statement of concern directly related to the subject of the hearing. Respectfully submitted, Scott Baker, Chair

Chittenden County Community Bankers – Floating and Temporary Positions There is no better time to join the NSB team! We are looking for both full-time and temporary employees. These positions offer an excellent opportunity to work for a premier Vermont mutual savings bank founded in 1867. COMMUNITY BANKER, FLOATING (full-time position) As a Community Banker, Floating you will have the opportunity to work in multiple branches within our Chittenden County region and will receive a quarterly incentive and mileage. NSB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, profit sharing, matching 401(K) retirement program, professional development opportunities, mileage and a quarterly incentive. TEMPORARY SUMMER COMMUNITY BANKERS – generally May through August with the opportunity to work during school vacations. The Community Banker for both positions will be responsible for receiving and processing customers’ financial transactions, matching customers’ needs with appropriate products and services, protecting customer information and maintaining customer confidentiality. We are looking for candidates who will consistently provide outstanding customer service, have excellent communication skills, and will build rapport and develop relationships with our valued customers. A high school diploma, general education degree (GED) or equivalent is required. We offer a comprehensive Community Banker training program to assist with learning the fundamentals of this position and a positive work environment supported by a team culture. Please submit your job application and resume to: Careers@nsbvt.com (preferred) Or mail: Northfield Savings Bank, Human Resources P.O. Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer/Member FDIC.

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