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Police investigate killing of Williston man A man who was living in Williston was shot multiple times and killed by an unknown assailant at a trailhead in Hinesburg last Thursday night, according to Vermont State Police. VSP’s major crime unit, bureau of criminal investigations and crime scene search team have been investigating the incident. They have identified the victim

as 45-year-old David Auclair. No perpetrator has been found. “The investigation remains active and ongoing. We continue to ask the public for any information that might be helpful,” VSP spokesman Adam Silverman said Wednesday. The Hinesburg Police Department responded about 10:40 p.m. last Thursday to multiple reports of

gunshots in the area of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest trailhead parking lot. The parking lot is located on Gilman Road, south of Hinesburg center. When police arrived, they found Auclair’s body near a gray 2017 GMC pickup truck. Hinesburg police requested help from Vermont State Police, which has taken the

lead on the investigation. Gilman Road was closed to through traffic as the investigation continued Friday. At that time, Auclair’s body was taken to the office of the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington, where the cause of death was confirmed as gunshot wounds and the death was ruled a homicide.

State police continue to conduct interviews and search locations connected to Auclair. They ask anyone who may have seen Auclair or his pickup truck, or anyone with any information, to call the Williston barracks at 878-7111 or submit information online at vsp.vermont. gov/tipsubmit. — Jason Starr

Healthy Living gets DRB nod Market and restaurant space set for Finney Crossing By Jason Starr Observer staff

Owners of Williston’s Finney Crossing neighborhood received Development Review Board approval June 25 for a commercial building to house Healthy Living Market. The building is planned for an undeveloped, 3-acre corner of Finney that fronts Williston Road near the intersection of Route 2A. The developers, Snyder Homes and Rieley Properties, are seeking a restaurant tenant to join Healthy Living in the 30,000-squarefoot building. Healthy Living has stores in South Burlington and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In addition to Williston, it is also pursuing a new location in Shelburne. The approval allows the developers to submit final plans to the Williston

Planning and Zoning Department before continuing to construction. The DRB approved the application on a 4-0 vote with board chair Scott Rieley abstaining. Rieley has abstained from all Finney Crossing development applications because his Rieley Properties is one of the neighborhood’s owners. Board members David Saladino and Jill Spinelli were absent. Board vice chairman Peter Kelley conducted the hearing, commending the developers for “a very tasteful design.” “This is a very important project in Williston,” he added. The 20-foot-high building will feature a wave-like element highlighting the store’s signs facing Williston Road. “The Healthy Living sign is intended to be seen from Route 2 at a speed of 35 mph, so it has to be recognizObserver photo by Jason Starr able and large,” said architect Mark Three acres in front of the Hilton Hotel that is under construction in the distance are slated for development Burnes. as Healthy Living Market and a restaurant. ABOVE: An architectural rendering of the storefront facing see HEALTHY LIVING page 3 Williston Road.

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The Friends of the Library and local Baby Boomers Music Lovers group joined forces Tuesday night to sponsor a concert at the village green bandstand with the rhythm and blues band Left Eye Jump. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Special guest Bob Mackenzie joins in with some blues harmonica; band members, from left, Dennis Willmott, Tom Buckley, Lee Womack and Jeff Salisbury; Willmott sings lead; listeners dance on the green.

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... and at Maple Tree Place

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The Maple Tree Place Thursday Night Concert Series continued last week with Garth Live, a tribute to Garth Brooks. LEFT: Kevin White entertains the crowd as Garth. TOP: Emmy Hebert checks out the results of her face painting during the concert. ABOVE: The band gets the crowd into it.

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A 40-seat patio facing Williston Road is also planned. The restaurant, which is given about a third of the building’s total footprint, will also have a patio — facing the Taft Corners Shopping Center to the west. The Healthy Living building is the third element of Finney Crossing’s commercial center to be approved in the last two years. A Union Bank branch is nearing completion to the east. To the north, a three-story Hilton hotel is under construction. Healthy Living will share an entrance driveway with the hotel, and a walkway will connect the two. The market’s main entrance will face the hotel. The building’s exterior materials will include cement, stone and wood panels

chosen for their “natural” look, Burnes said “I think we have a very low maintenance but a very organic feel to the building,” he said. Multiple edible gardens, bike racks and a to-be-determined piece of art are planned for the outside of the building. Williston Planning and Zoning Director Matt Boulanger noted that the building is exposed on all four sides, making it challenging to hide trash containers and outdoor storage. Planners chose to partially fence off an area to the building’s east for outdoor storage, abutting Holland Drive — which is not yet fully built — behind a row of hedges. Finney Crossing’s residential side includes about 430 apartments and condominiums built in the past 10 years, housing roughly 800 residents. At buildout, the neighborhood is slated for nearly 600 apartments and condos.


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Rebrand reflects inclusivity for arts organization For more than 30 years, VSA Vermont has had one purpose: to use the arts to make Vermont a more inclusive and accessible place for people with disabilities. As of June 1, the organization has begun to write a new chapter for arts and accessibility with a new name: Inclusive Arts Vermont. Founded in 1986, the organization’s mission is to use the magic of the arts to engage the capabilities and enhance the confidence of people with disabilities. The organization serves approximately 4,000 individuals annually across the state through arts education, exhibitions and training programs for students, educators, artists and cultural organizations. While the central office and management team work out of Essex Junction, Inclusive Arts’ programs reach every region of Vermont, engaging individuals both with and without disabilities, of all ages. Programs are designed to help participants find their most true and authentic voice for creative expression and contributing to their communities. The plan to rename the organization began to bubble years ago, following complex conversations with stakeholders about what the acronym “VSA” stands for. Over the years, the organization, an affiliate of the national VSA Network, has gone by Very Special Arts, VSA Arts and VSA. “Every time we meet someone new, explaining our name becomes the focus, rather than the great programs

The plan to rename the organization began to bubble years ago, following complex conversations with stakeholders about what the acronym ‘VSA’ stands for.

we offer,” said Executive Director Katie Miller. With restructuring within the national VSA office, VSA Vermont used the opportunity to come up with a name of its own choosing, reflective of its mission and commitment to the disability and arts communities of Vermont. “Our mission and commitments will remain the same, and we’re excited to move forward into a new season with a name and brand that truly reflects who we are and the vibrancy of our work across the state,” Miller said. “Many of our programs will remain in place, and we’re excited to add some new things, too, including training for other organizations and a biennial exhibition of work by Vermont artists with disabilities.” VSA National was founded in 1974 as the National Committee – Arts for the Handicapped. In 1985, the name was changed to Very Special Arts.

Like many other organizations, VSA has a long and treasured history with a great deal of national recognition for the acronym version of the name. Since words such as “special” and “handicapped” do not reflect current language trends in the United States and many other countries, in 1999 the Vermont chapter changed from Very Special Arts Vermont to VSA Arts Vermont. In 2011 the national VSA organization merged with the Kennedy Center’s Office on Accessibility to become the Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Inclusive Arts Ver mont’s new name is the product of months of d iscussion be tween staff, board,

volunteers and constituents. It was eventually decided upon by a vote of the board of directors and staff. The new logo was designed by a Vermont-based branding firm, LondonMiddlebury, with the help of a committee of staff and board members. The brushstrokes are

vectorized versions of real markings made with finger paint, a nod to the whimsical and magic side of the organization’s work. The roll out of the new name and logo are phase one of a three-year plan to increase the organization’s see ARTS page 5

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NONPROFIT NEWS Arts continued from page

Wright returns to Shelburne Museum in new role


reach across the state. The organization has plans to host biennial art exhibitions, offer more training programs and increase arts education sites. The next art exhibition will open in late January at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. For more information on Inclusive Arts Vermont and its programs, visit inclusiveartsvermont. org or call 802-871-5002.

Shelburne Museum has named Leslie Wright as director of advancement. Wright joins the museum from the Orton Family Foundation, a Vermont-based nonprofit focused on community development in small cities and towns across the country. She previously was communications and marketing manager for Shelburne Museum. “We are delighted to have Leslie back at Shelburne Museum in a new role. Her knowledge of the museum and passion for our mission are valuable assets that will serve the museum well as she heads up fundraising and plays a key role in all aspects of support,

Nonprofit News is a weekly series highlighting the work of nonprofit organizations in Williston and throughout Chittenden County. This story was provided by Inclusive Arts Vermont. Nonprofits seeking to tell their story in this space, please email editor@willistonobserver.com or call Jason at (802) 872-9000 ext. 117.



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from the annual fund to corporate support and membership,” said museum director Thomas Denenberg said. Wright holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and a bachelo r’s d e g r e e from Middlebury College.

Jessica Perrault of Williston has joined Shelburne Farms as its chief financial officer. Perrault was previously senior vice president of MAC Corner Market, LLC, which, until its recent sale, owned five small area markets in Richmond, Waterbury, Johnson, Shelburne, and Jericho/Underhill. Perrault was responsible for managing accounting, operations, infrastructure development and human resources at MAC. As a member of the Shelburne Farms’ senior leadership team, Perrault will be responsible for overseeing financial systems and processes, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis for the nonprofit organization. “I am inspired by the essential work Shelburne Farms is doing in education, and I look forward to

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contributing and engaging in the complexity and heart of this very special organization,” she said in a press release. “We are really pleased to have Jess join the farm,” said Shelburne Farms President Alec Webb. “She has the experience and talent to continue the outstanding stewardship of our financial resources, support organizational development and help advance our mission.”


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I recently spent some t i me asking people on the street two questions: Is health insurance too expensive? And if so, why? I am sure many readers have strong opinions about the answers to these questions. I heard answers like “greed,” “because they can,” “because there is no incentive to cut costs” and “because we have to pay the doctors.” No one told me that they thought commercial health insurance was affordable. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has proposed to raise rates by 15.6 percent, and MVP Healthcare has proposed an 8.5 percent increase for next year in the individual and small group market. We all know that there are real problems with our current health care financing system. When this system results in a hospital at risk of going bankrupt, reg ulators and policy makers jump into action to avoid the potentially disastrous outcome of a part of our state without a hospital within a reasonable distance. But when a sizable portion of Vermonters can’t afford to get the care they need, those same regulators and policy makers never see the crisis. They don’t see it

When Vermonters need care, they often find themselves making financial decisions instead of health care decisions.

because it plays out privately in families’ homes, at the doctor’s office and in the workplace. When Vermonters need care, they often find themselves making financial decisions instead of health care decisions. In 2018, 43 percent of Vermonters were recognized as uninsured or underinsured on a commercial health insurance plan (2018 Household Health Insurance Sur vey). In stark contrast to the risk of a hospital closure, this rationing of care is invisible to the regulator or policy maker. As Vermont’s health care advocate, it is my job to bring the reality that many Ver monters face to the table when the Green Mountain Care Board considers

rate increases proposed by insurance companies. I need your help. There is nothing more compelling than real Vermonters telling their stories about what these proposed rates, on top of ballooning out-of-pocket health care costs, would mean for families and small businesses. If you get your health insurance from your small employer (or your spouse’s small employer) or you buy a plan directly through Ver mont Health Connect, the G reen Mou nt ai n Ca re Boa rd needs to hear from you. The board has the diff icult job of weighing the insurers’ arguments in favor of these rate increases against the concerns Vermonters have about affordability and access to care. The board will spend two days listening to arguments supporting these rates from insurance executives. Make sure the board hears from you, too. Learn more and submit your public comment at www.bit.ly/ SubmitAPublicComment or join the public hearing on Tuesday, July 23 from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Montpelier City Hall. Michael Fisher is chief health care advocate at Vermont Legal Aid (vtlawhelp.org).

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Disgusted by federal gag rule on reproductive info Physicians and physician assistants from the Vermont Medical Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter strongly oppose onerous federal restrictions placed on Title

X monies that went into effect last Thursday. These changes have resulted in the inability of 12 health centers across the State of Vermont, including Planned Parenthood clinics, to accept federal Title X funding. While we applaud the announcement by Planned Parenthood centers in Vermont that this will not disrupt health care services at this current time, losing this funding may limit access to necessary care in the future for both women and men, particularly in rural, hard-toserve areas of Vermont. Title X funding covers birth control, STD screenings and other

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reproductive health services for low-income patients who may lack adequate health insurance coverage. These clinics often serve as a patient’s only access to health care in Vermont, and this funding is used for basic health care services like wellness exams and cancer screenings. Last week’s decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means that Title X funding is no longer available to organizations that also provide or refer for abortion, and that health professionals at locations that accept such funding are prohibited from providing complete information about abortion as an option. These requirements threaten the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship and are in violation of medical ethics. The physician-patient relationship is dependent on trust, therefore it is critical for health care professionals to have the ability to give patients their full range of reproductive options in an honest, candid way. In March, Vermont joined 20 other states in filing a legal challenge to the federal restrictions placed on the Title X program, arguing “it’s unreasonable to ask healthcare providers to withhold crucial information from their patients.” We call on the federal Health and Human Services Department to withdraw this rule in the interest of public health and for the benefit of all Vermont patients, and we applaud Vermont’s ongoing legal challenge to the rule changes. Jill Sudhoff-Guerin Policy and communications manager Vermont Medical Society


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Summer can be a busy time full of fun activities and vacations, but the need for lifesaving blood transfusions never stops. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Right now, the American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage and urges eligible donors of all blood types to give as soon as possible to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this summer. This follows a difficult Fourth of July week, where donors were less available to give and hundreds

of fewer blood drives were held compared to an average week as people celebrated the holiday. There is cur rently less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand. Accident and bur n victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those being treated for cancer or sickle cell disease don’t get a holiday from treatments that are critical to their care. More donors are needed now for these friends, family and community members who depend on lifesaving blood products. On behalf of the Red Cross, I’m inviting you to roll up a sleeve and


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Ins and outs at Taft Corners

By Jason Starr Observer staff

What the Taft Corners Shopping Plaza is losing in sweets it is gaining two-fold in style. Amarah’s Chocolate Company

is currently liquidating its inventory. Shelves of candies and chocolates were half empty this week, and a sidewalk sign advertised a half-price closing sale. Owner Michael Duffy did not retur n

messages seeking comment. On either side of Amarah’s, two new businesses have invested in major interior renovations, and opened their doors in June. Nail’Koholics offers a full menu of manicure and pedicure services under the ownership of wife-husband team Windy and Tin Phuong. A few doors down, Jess Dufresne has renovated what used to be Purple Sage salon into The Hair Express and The Hairy Bear — complementary businesses with long histories in South Burlington.

BETTER FOR OWNER AND CLIENTS A resident of Williston, Dufresne had worked as a hairdresser at The Hair Express when it was in South Burlington. Last October, its owner passed away, and Dufresne stepped up to buy the business. The salon had an established client base, but the location, in the first floor of a home with tenants renting apartments upstairs and an unresponsive landlord, was subpar. “This is a much bigger and better location,” said Dufresne. The space had been vacant for the last three years, but still had sinks from the Purple Sage salon, which Dufresne kept. The rest of the interior needed a thorough cleaning and makeover. Dufresne added new f loors and paint to create a colorful salon, with several stations for adults and a “kid corner” that carries forward the traditions of The Hairy Bear. “We needed to do a lot in here,” she said. As a mother of children at Allen Brook School, the Taft Corners spot fits into her family’s daily routine much better than the South Burlington location, which was on Williston Road near Higher Ground. She’s also finding it’s a hit with longtime clients. “All of our clients have followed us, and they are saying this is a better spot for them,” she said. “We’re also getting new walk-ins. We are happy about that.” When she was starting out in the industry about 10 years ago, Dufresne worked at the former His Hair and Hers at Taft Corners. Now, she looks out the back door of The Hair Express and sees hundreds of homes that weren’t there before — part of the growing

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ABOVE: Jess Dufresne opened The Hair Express and The Hairy Bear in June. BELOW: Windy Phuong opened Nail’Koholics in June. BOTTOM: Amarah’s Chocolate Company holds a liquidation sale.

Finney Crossing neighborhood. With a hotel under construction, the area is soon to be packed with potential clients for Taft Corners shops. “We are excited about it. Everyone thought it was just going to be housing, but a hotel is even better,” Dufresne said. The plaza still has three vacant units. ‘HER OWN WAY’ At Nail’Koholics, the Phuongs have come together to revamp the former My Kim Nails spot. That business was owned by Windy’s aunt, and she worked for her, among other nail locations, over the past seven years as a nail technician. Remodeling was done in April and the doors opened in June. “She always wanted to open her own place and do things her own way,” said Tin, who has a background in sales. Both natives of Vietnam, Tin has been in Vermont for 20 years, and Windy since 2008. The business provides basic manicures and pedicures, as well as enhancements like jasmine tea, cucumber and orange.


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Report breaks down region’s average total labor cost The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report in June measuring employer costs for wages, salaries and employee benefits in New England. Total compensation costs averaged $41.13 per hour. Wages and salaries accounted for 68.5 percent of total compensation costs (or $28.19 per hour), while benefits accounted for 31.5 percent of costs (or $12.94 per hour). Benefit costs include insurance at $3.40 per hour worked, paid leave at $3.28 per hour worked and legally required benefits like Social Security and Medicare at $3.04 per hour worked. Retirement and savings added another $1.91 per hour to the total benefits cost in New England. In the United States, compensation costs among private industry employers averaged $34.49 per hour worked.

Kinney Drugs eliminates e-cigarettes and vapes Kinney Drugs removed electronic cigarettes and vaping products in its Vermont

retail stores this month, with New York stores to follow in August. The decision is a response to data showing these products are increasingly used by teens and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use among children grew 38 percent between 2017 and 2018, driven largely by a surge in e-cigarette use, which increased 78 percent among high school students and 48 percent among middle school-aged children. “We would like to thank Kinney Drugs for taking this important step,” said Joel Richards, executive director of the American Heart Association in Central New England. “Actions like this can help prevent our children from starting a deadly habit.”

KeyBank joins campaign for LGBTQ equality KeyBank announced in June its partnership with the Business Coalition for the Equality Act. The coalition was launched by the Human Rights Campaign and is a group of businesses that support The Equality Act — federal legislation would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination pro-


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PT360 announces new ownership in Williston Katie Pontbriand has transitioned from employee to owner at PT360, the employee-owned physical therapy practice recently announced. Pontbriand is a billing specialist at the PT360 Williston location on Industrial Avenue, specializing in Medicare and Medicaid insurances. The company also hired physical therapist Debbie Underhill and office administrator Traci Brown at its Williston location. PT360 is the first and only employee-owned physical therapy practice in the U.S. and has

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For All Ages BOOKMOBILE June 18-Aug. 29. Dottie the bookmobile is ready for Summer, offering materials for all ages. See the schedule at williston.lib.vt.us. The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918.

For Youth SUMMER READING PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS “A Un ive r s e of St o r ie s!” Through Aug. 5. Register for the Summer Reading Challenge and win free books and raffle tickets. Keep track of the amount of time you spend reading books, magazines and audiobooks. Sign up online at williston.lib.vt.us or at the library. RUBBER DUCKY READERS Ages 0-3. Build early literacy skills by sharing fun activities with your child. Complete an activity sheet by Aug. 31 to receive a rubber ducky bath toy and board book. Activity sheets are available in the Youth Area.

VERY MERRY THEATRE PRESENTS ‘FROZEN’ Thursday, July 18 at noon. On the lawn. Williston Central School auditorium if it rains. All ages. PRESCHOOL MUSIC Mondays, 11 a.m. and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. For children up to age 5 with a caregiver. SUMMER STORY TIME Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Stories and a simple craft activity. All ages. July 23: Super Heroes; July 30: Moon and Stars. FOOD FOR THOUGHT TEEN GROUP Thursday, July 25, 4-5 p.m. Grades 7-12. Teen Advisory Group — pizza, discussion and library projects for teens. ALIEN SLIME DAY Wednesday, July 31, 11 a.m.noon. Get slimed at the library. Play with recipes, colors and add-ins. All ages.

RADIO ASTRONOMY Wednesday, July 24, 6 p.m. A demo of radio astronomy followed by an informal discussion of how radio waves let us see hidden astronomical objects. Ages 12-adult. Pre-register. MOVIE Wednesday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. New Release. Life of Neil A. Armstrong (Ryan Gosling). The story of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission to land a man on the moon. Rated PG-13. Snacks provided. (2 hours 22 minutes).

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Wednesday, July 24, 4-6 p.m. Stop by anytime during tech hours for one-on-one technology help from a teen. Guarantee a time by making a 30-minute appointment at 878-4918. TAROT CARD READING Monday, July 29, 12-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:45 pm. Experience the wisdom and humor of the divine that can be revealed through Tarot card reading with Geri Ann Higgins. Guarantee a time by making a 15-minute appointment at 8784918. Ages 18 and up. Pre-register.

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Clearing a path for women in construction By Becky Schultz Special to the Observer

Women represent almost half the total U.S. workforce, but only a small fraction of the construction workforce. This needs to change if the industry is to fill the skills gap and address the labor shortage. The number of open construction sector jobs nationally hit a high of 382,000 last December, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Association of Home Builders. And an Associated General Contractors of America survey showed that 79 percent of construction firms planned to expand their payrolls in 2019; almost equal percentage were worried about how they will be able to locate and hire enough qualified workers to meet their needs. Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet represent just 9 percent of the total construction workforce, a percentage largely unchanged since 2002. There are a number of hurdles to getting more women into construction. “There’s a perception that it’s not an industry friendly to women,” said Katrina Kersch, chief operating officer of the National Center for Construction Education and Research. She attributes this

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Networking and mentorship programs from the National Association of Women in Construction are helping women clear some of the hurdles to entering the construction industry.

to things such as the scarcity of images depicting women at work in the industry and stereotypes of male construction workers as unwelcoming to women. Kersch also cites a lack of a clear path to entry for women into the

field. Vocational classes at high schools or community colleges, apprenticeship programs through unions or jobs directly with contractors “are overwhelmingly targeted to men,” she said. They are not obvious to those unfamiliar

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with the industry. The construction industry is a source of high-paying jobs with an almost negligible gender pay gap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that women in the industry earn nearly 96 cents for every dollar a man earns, compared to the U.S. average of 81 cents. The industry has a $30-per-hour average wage with the potential to go up from there as workers gain new skills. So why aren’t more women entering the field? One longstanding reason is the perception that all jobs in the industry require extensive physical labor in frequently challenging and/or dangerous conditions. And while there are individuals, including women, who are open to this type of work, today’s workforce is less enamored with these types of roles. There are “traditional” roles for women, such as office and administrative positions. And the growing presence of technology creates many new job opportunities that women may excel at. Plus there are managerial positions available such as project managers, crew foremen, safety managers and more. Women need help to enter the field in any major way. There are networking and mentorship opportunities provided by groups like the National Association of Women in Construction and Women in Construction Operations. But most of the programs to recruit and train women in the hard skills required to work in the field are occurring at the local level. “If general contractors are seri-

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet represent just 9 percent of the total construction workforce, a percentage largely unchanged since 2002.

ous about reducing the industry’s labor shortage, they might want to start lobbying for increased funding to help train and bring in women, or invest in an advocacy campaign alerting women that job opportunities exist in the field,” writes Amanda Abrams in an article on curbed.com. There are signs that this work is beginning. The Association of General Contractors, for example, says it’s committed to attracting more women, and has lobbied for increased funding for technical education. “It’s not your father’s industry anymore,” said association spokesman Brian Turmail. This article was distributed by the Associated General Contractors of Vermont.

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SD Ireland gets bounce-back win over South Burlington SD Ireland scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a 6-2 win over South Burlington on Monday in American Leagion play. Baker Angstman had an RBI for SD Ireland, while Jonah Roberts added a hit. Ian Parent pitched four innings, striking out five. It was the first win in four games for SD Ireland, which lost to out-of-town teams over the weekend, including a loss to Shrub Oak 8-6 last Thursday, when a comeback bid fell short in the seventh inning. Aidan Johnson and Jackson Konowitz each had two RBIs last Thursday, while Ian Parent also drove in a run. Jackson Neme and Tyler Skaflestad each pitched three inings. SD Ireland lost twice last Friday, falling to Clinton Country (N.Y.) 9-5 and Saugerties 11-5. The team has an 11-14 record this summer. Earlier in July, SD Ireland topped South Burlington 8-0, scoring all of its runs in the second inning. The team also fell to Brattleboro Post 5, 3-2, and had another loss to White River Post 84, 12-0. Jacob Murphy had two hits and two RBI in the loss to Brattleboro, which won on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the loss to White River, SD Ireland surrendered 11 runs in the fifth inning, with Ryan Canty and Tyler Skaflestad splitting time on the mound. —Lauren Read


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Lyric Theatre transitions to new leader Earlier this year, Hinesburg native Erin Evarts was named executive director of the South Burlington-based theater company, Lyric Theatre. Evarts worked as executive assistant to the CEO of Wake Robin since 2010 and as development director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness before that. She is the founder and artistic director of the theater company Neat, with a Twist and has served as the production supervisor and director of several past Lyric shows. Evarts has a degree in theatrical production and stage management from Emerson College and is well known in the Lyric community as a 20-year member. “Lyric Theatre Company has been a constant in Burlington for almost 50 years, providing high-quality entertainment and an outlet for creativity and cultivating local talent both on and off stage,” Evarts said. “I will work tirelessly to preserve Lyric’s traditions while advancing its mission and helping it to expand as a nonprofit artistic leader in our community. “I’m over the moon to be able to give back and help shape the future of an organization that has held a special place in my heart for many years.” Evarts overlapped and trained with her predecessor Jose Rincon in May and shadowed him during Lyric’s spring production of “Mamma

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Mia!” In a June note to members, Evarts gave “a special thank you to the board of directors and

the search committee for their warm welcome and to Jose Rincon, who has been an absolutely terrific guide and mentor during the transition.”

Essex Players auditions upcoming Essex Community Players will hold auditions for its fall production of Jerome Lawrence’s and Robert Lee’s “Inherit The Wind.” Actors and actresses ranging in age from 10 to 80-plus are needed for this large cast. Roles are available for experienced actors, as well as newcomers eager to try being on stage. Auditions will be held July 25 from 7-9 p.m.; July 26 from 7-9 p.m.; and July 27 from 1-4 p.m. at Essex Memorial Hall on Towers Road in Essex. For more information, visit essexplayers.com.

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‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ opens at St. Mike’s

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The cast of ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,’ from left: Chris Collins-Pisano, Jayne Ng, Caitlin Mesiano and David Rossetti.

The Off-Broadway musical revue “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” opens this week at the Saint Michael’s College Playhouse in Colchester. The show features music by Tony Award-winner

Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts and is directed by Keith Andrews. Evening performances are July 17–20 and 23–27 (8 p.m.), with matinee performances July 20 and 27 (2 p.m.). The show is a comic celebration

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Film explores Abenaki myths about Lake Champlain Anyone who has looked at a map of Lake Champlain will recognize that its two bays to the north appear a bit like legs connected to the lake’s wider main body to the south. To the Abenaki people of Vermont, this geographic feature is a central component of their creation story of Lake Champlain. The Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program and University of Vermont Extension recently released “Nebi: Abenaki Ways of Knowing Water,” a short film of this story, as told by Chief Donald Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation. It is available to view at uvm. edu/seagrant/nebi. Vince Franke with Peregrine Productions in Waterbury was responsible for the filming and editing. He also led coordination of animations that helped bring the creation stories to life. The film’s production stemmed from the desire of staff within the Sea Grant and UVM Extension programs, which operate in partnership with the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, to include a cultural component to their public and school-based watershed education programs. A developing relationship between these staff and Chief Stevens revealed that their goal complemented his. “It is important to preserve our culture and stories for the benefit of future Abenaki generations,” Stevens said. “It is equally important that non-Abenaki peoples understand our rich history and our connection to the environment around us. Without that connection to our environment or source of life, it could be easily discarded and not preserved for those future generations.” The film also features Chiefs Roger Longtoe Sheehan of the Elnu Tribe and Eugene Rich of the Missisquoi Tribe along with other elders and members of these and the Nulhegan Tribe. Each person shares insights about the importance of water to life and meaningful ways that water connects people through both time and space. “This film gives us the opportunity to share indigenous knowledge and values about water from people whose ancestors have been stewards

of the environment here for more than 9,000 years,” said Kris Stepenuck, UVM Extension program leader for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program. “We feel incredibly privileged to be able to communicate this knowledge to a wide variety of audiences through our outreach and education programs.” The film will be shown to school groups who take part in watershed education programming through the UVM Extension Watershed Alliance during the academic year. “Our educational programming reaches a variety of audiences across the Lake Champlain Basin, and it is incredibly important to us that we share all the stories of the basin,” said Ashley Eaton, watershed and lake education coordinator for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant and Watershed Alliance programs. “This film, created in partnership and with the permission of the Abenaki peoples, grew out of a common goal — that of elevating the stories of the Abenaki. “I am so grateful for everyone who contributed to this project. It is a really powerful piece that aids us in authentically sharing this important aspect of our cultural history in the basin.”

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Savvy Senior By Jim Miller

Where to get help paying your Medicare costs Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any sources you know of that can help me save on my Medicare coverage? I’m 65, and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare out-ofpocket costs. Need Some Help Dear Need, There are several financial assistance programs that can help lower-income Medicare beneficiaries who are having a difficult time paying their out-of-pocket health care costs. Here’s what’s available, along with the eligibility requirements and how to apply.

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pay just your Part B premium. To qualify for an MSP, the minimum standard set by Medicare is an income under 135 percent of the federal poverty level, which at the moment works out to around $1,426 a month for individuals (or $1,923 for married couples). Everything counts towards income, including payouts from 401(k) plans, pensions, Social Security and help from family members. Medicare also allows states to impose an asset test, which can be as little as $7,730 per individual ($11,600 for married couples), not counting your house or car but counting retirement savings and bank accounts. Some states have made their MSP programs a lot more generous, with much higher income limits and, in some cases, no asset tests at all. The program may be called something else in your state. To find out if you qualify, or to apply, contact your state Medicaid program. Visit Medicare.gov/contacts or call all 800-633-4227 for contact information.


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OBITUARIES Francis Nelson St. Amour Jr. Francis Nelson St. Amour Jr., 67, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born on November 27, 1951, the son of Francis and Shirley (Vashaw) St. Amour. He grew up in Burlington and excelled in school. In 1969, he became the first member of his family to graduate from High School. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Keflavik, Iceland and later Jacksonville, FL. He returned to Burlington and on September 28, 1974, married the love of his life, Paula Jean Fleece. In June of 1975, he was discharged from the Navy. Staying local, Frank and Paula started a family in Williston, VT. Frank was convinced by his late father-in-law, Joseph Fleece Sr. to try the VT National Guard for a year. 21 years later, he retired. Frank then became employed with the Burlington Police Department, where he spent another 21 years, before retiring in 2016. Once retired, Frank spent his time making wonderful memories with his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed road trips, campfires and trips to the casino. Frank volunteered for 13 years with the Williston Fire Department. He enjoyed taking rides on his Gold Wing with Paula holding on to him and riding beside his son John. One special ride he had was with John to Sturgis, stopping in Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, the Corn Palace and Wal Drugs – where you can still get a cup of coffee for a dime. The Field of Dreams was the highlight of his trip. On this ride, he was joined by his good friends Miles and Cathy Silk. Enjoying time on his bike, Frank joined the Vermont Red Knights Motorcycle Club. Frank is survived by his onetime true love, his wife of 44 years, Paula. He had hoped to share their 50th anniversary together. Proud father to daughter Laura DeGray and her husband Mark of Southwick, MA, and his son John and his wife Audra Dawn of Williston, VT. Frank’s favorite name of all was Poppa. He was blessed to have four loving grandchildren Jacob, Mark, Ethan and see ST. AMOUR page 19

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Aubree to call him that. Frank is also survived by his brothers Joseph of Essex and John and his wife Wendy of Milton, by a cousin, who was like a big brother to him, George Morton of Enosburg Falls. Frank was lucky in life to be survived by an amazing family of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many many good friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Raymond and Michael. Frank was a simple man who loved life and lived it with no regrets — only a few things he would have done differently, with nothing to make amends.

Frank wanted to thank the hospital and staff, including the doctors and nurses in the oncology department at the UVM Medical Center, including Dr. Greenblatt, Janet Ely, Rebecca Marin at Appletree Bay Primary Care, Ann Laramee at Tilly Drive and Natalie Martin, Mary Looney, Joanna Guyette and Jessica Borden of the UVM Health and Hospice Home Health Care. To him cancer sucked but they all helped him and his family during this battle. Frank’s graveside service was held at the Deer View Cemetery on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at noon, where he was accorded full military honors. For those who wish, online condolences may be made to www. minorfh.com.

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CALENDAR THURSDAY, JULY 18 Very Merry Theatre presents ‘Frozen’ All ages. Noon, on the green in Williston Village. Rain location: Williston Central School Auditorium.

Maplerama C h it t e n d e n C ou nt y M a ple Eating seafood can provide unique health benefits as a lean protein Sugarmakers host networking and and source of omega-3s and healthy fats. And having picnics accomplish three things needed for healthy living: nourishing the body, focusing on seminars with the region’s maple relationships and soaking up the benefits of being surrounded by nature. producers. Runs through July 20. Combine seafood and picnics with this crab salad recipe Whitcomb Barn, 199 Jericho Rd, Essex. uvm/maplerama. CRAB SALAD (Serves: 4) SATURDAY, JULY 21 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt 1 lemon, juiced ‘Northwestern Vermont in the 2 tablespoons green onions 2 tablespoons olive oil War of 1812’ salt, to taste Historian Jason Barney discusses pepper, to taste the War of 1812’s impact in north1 ounce walnuts (about 14 halves) cayenne pepper, to taste western Vermont. 2 p.m. Ethan 1 bag (8 ounces) spinach Allen Homestead, Burlington. 1 can (6 ounces) crab meat or fresh lump crab TUESDAY, JULY 23 1/2 cup lentils, cooked 1 grapefruit, cut into sections Pollination for kids Explore, analyze, conclude and Heat oven to 300 F. To make dressing: Mix yogurt, lemon juice, green onions and olive oil. Add salt and pepper, to taste. make predictions about pollination. Toss walnuts with cayenne pepper, to taste, and bake 4-5 minutes. Ages 4-8. Crafts and activities, too. Make sure walnuts do not burn. Remove walnuts from oven and let cool. Toss spinach with dressing. Toss with crab meat. Sprinkle lentils on 10:30-11:30 a.m. Birds of Vermont top and add walnuts. Place grapefruit pieces around edge. PICNICKING TIPS AND TRICKS l Pack bottles of cold or even frozen water in the picnic basket to help keep everything chilled and fresh so it’s ready to devour. l Plan to eat fresh and healthy foods like this Crab Salad for an easyto-make option. l Create a dip nearly everyone can enjoy. l Jars can be a lifesaver when packing a picnic. Tape utensils to the sides of the jars for easy access to your favorite foods. l Try taping a thermometer inside your bag or cooler so you know the food is at safe, cool temperatures. l Place a small cutting board and knife in your pack.

Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Rd., Huntington.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 AARP Smart Driver Class Winooski Senior Center from 3:30-8:30 p.m. For reservations, call the Center at 655-6425.

ONGOING Catamount Community Forest Walk Series To celebrate the purchase of the Catamount Community Forest, the Vermont Master Naturalists of Williston (vermontmasternaturalist. org) are sponsoring a walk series held the second Saturday of each month from July through November 2019 at the forest on Governor Chittenden Road. The walks will be held rain or shine, 9-11 a.m. All walks are free and open to the public. Meet at the informational kiosk in the main parking lot. Summervale The Intervale Center in Burlington presents Summervale, a weekly celebration of local food and farms. The gathering is held Thursdays

through Aug. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Rd., Burlington. intervale.org. NAMI-VT Williston Family Support Group For family members and close friends of a loved one with a serious mental illness. First and third Monday of the month. 6-7:30 p.m. at the NAMI-VT office, 600 Blair Park Road. 310-4199. Sustainable Williston monthly meeting Fourth Thursday of each month. 7:15 p.m. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston. Meet to discuss sustainability issues and projects and plan new steps for the future. 6 p.m. potluck dinner precedes discussion. Richmond Farmers Market Every Friday from May 31 to Oct. 11, 3 - 7 p.m. on the Volunteers Green in Richmond. Discover local produce, delicious prepared food, handmade crafts, baked goods, local meat, live music and more. info@richmondfarmersmarketvt. org.

TO SUBMIT AN EVENT: email editor@willistonobserver.com Monthly support & education meeting ──── For friends & family of those living with a dementia diagnosis ──── Learn & share tips, tools & tactics

A monthly support & education meeting For caregivers/friends/family of individuals living with a dementia related diagnosis. A monthly gathering designed to share comfort, tips, support and accountability in our goals as caregivers. You may want to learn how best to respond to a repeated question, solve the mystery of personal care, or identify communication and engagement strategies. Perhaps you recognize the need to care for yourself but wonder, how and when? Perhaps you are grieving the loss and changes occurring in your loved one and the relationship as you’ve known it. Drawing on practices of person-centered dementia care, mindfulness, love and realism. This is a drop-in group but discussions will build on themselves from month to month as identified topics emerge and care situations change. There will be open sharing and discussion time as well as structured individual exercises and seminar-based education.


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Majestic 10 at Maple Tree Place – 190 Boxwood St., Williston

MAJESTIC 10 AT MAPLE TREE PLACE July 19 – Wednesday, July 24 190Friday, Boxwood St. Williston, VT 05495

Friday 7/19/19 thru Wednesday 7/24/19 THE LION KING PG Running Time 2hr 10min 3D: 2:20 5:20 2D: 12:00 1:00 3:00 4:00 6:00 6:50 8:40 9:30 CRAWL R Running Time 1hr 40min 1:05 4:10 6:55 9:40 STUBER R Running Time 1hr 45min 1:10 4:05 7:05 9:40 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME PG13 Running Time 2hr 20min 12:05 12:50 3:50 7:00 8:00 9:15 MIDSOMMAR R Running Time 2hr 40min 6:30 9:00 YESTERDAY PG13 Running Time 2hr 15min 12:30 3:30 6:45 9:25 TOY STORY 4 G Running Time 1hr 50min 12:40 3:40 6:40 9:20 G THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 PG Running Time 1hr 40min 12:10 3:10 ALADDIN PG Running Time 2hr 20min 12:20 3:20 6:20 9:10 Closed Captioning/Assistive Listening/Narrative Audio Devices available on request Doors open at 11:30am Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas – 122 College St., Burlington Friday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 23

Three sweet girls need a home! Purebred Belgian Malinois pups 14 weeks old surrendered to a high kill shelter with mom who will be coming in a few weeks. These are three females, Jenni, Zelda and Zina. They are sweet, social, smart and ready for their forever home. They will do best in a home where they receive regular exercise and play time as well as a commitment to obedience training. They are a wonderful breed with specific needs in order to develop into the best they can be.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Custom Guitars, Jewelry, Antiques & Old Town Boat

The Flynn has an excellent full-time position with competitive pay, benefits, and generous paid time off for a candidate looking to join a creative, fun team.

CHIEF CUSTODIAN The Chief Custodian will coordinate, oversee, and carry out a full range of custodial and maintenance tasks throughout the historic Flynn Theater. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, work vigorously for extended periods of time, and climb ladders. Successful candidates need to be reliable, hard-working, detail oriented, and have relevant experience. For a detailed job description and more information, visit: http://www.flynncenter.org/about-us/employment-and-internship-opportunities.html Please submit application materials to: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Human Resources Department 153 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 or email HResources@flynncenter.org No phone calls, please. EOE

RetiRement Plan administRatoR

A full-time position for an individual to join their staff to be trained in all aspects of retirement plan administration. Must be professional, highly motivated and detailed oriented with strong customer service skills. This is not a tele-commute position.

Ends: Wed., July 31 @ 6PM 131 Dorset Lane, Williston, VT Preview: Tuesday, July 23 from 11AM-1PM

Qualifications include: proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (especially Excel and Word), mathematics/accounting experience, excellent written and verbal communication, sound problem solving and decision making, willingness to be part of a team. Experience preferred but willing to train the right person. Full benefits package is provided. Email your cover letter and resume to erin@futureplanningassoc.com or mail to Future Planning Associates, Inc. P.O. Box 905 Williston, VT 05495

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The Flynn Center is an employer committed to hiring a breadth of professionals, and therefore will interview a qualified group of diverse candidates; we particularly encourage applications from women and people of color.

Northern New England’s premier performing arts center has an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Creative Producer.

Creative Producer of the

Flynn Youth Performance Program Responsible for the vision and implementation of the youth performance programs including Show Choir and the Summer Musicals, this position is an integral member of the Flynn’s Programming team. Applicants with experience in youth theater production, teaching, and personnel management are encouraged to apply. For a detailed job description and more information, visit: http://www.flynncenter.org/about-us/employment-andinternship-opportunities.html Please submit application materials to: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Human Resources Department 153 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 or email HResources@flynncenter.org No phone calls, please. EOE The Flynn Center is an employer committed to hiring a breadth of professionals, and therefore will interview a qualified group of diverse candidates; we particularly encourage applications from women and people of color.

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Senior Community Banker Shelburne Road There is no better time join NSB’s team! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are looking for a professional to join our team as a Senior Community Banker in our Shelburne Road Branch located at 1120 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT. This position offers an excellent opportunity to work for a premier Vermont mutual savings bank. Job Responsibilities & Requirements • A thorough knowledge of banking and the technology which enables customers to conduct financial transactions, the ability to build customer relationships, earn trust, and maintain confidentiality are essential. Exceptional customer service, opening and maintaining customers’ accounts and services, as well as guiding customers through the consumer loan process in accordance with established policies and procedures are requirements of this position. The Senior Community Banker must possess excellent communication and customer service skills for both internal and external customers. Requirements include 3-5 years of bank experience and registration with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Find your place with us at NSB • NSB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, profit sharing, matching 401(K) retirement program, professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture. Northfield Savings Bank hours of operation are Monday – Thursday, generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Miscellaneous - Insignia flat screen LCD color TV and DVD video player. 16", includes remote, $40. Stereo 'boom box' radio/CD player, $10. Beautiful, elegant antique tea cart, on wheels with drawer and delicate brass rail/trim. $125. Call Nick 999-9658. Mattress Set - Simmons Beautyrest pillow top King Mattress set (from Sears). Mattress, 2 piece split box spring for extra support for large mattresses, plus bed frame. Good condition. Sell for $450. Text if

interested 598-5568. Twin bed set - Mattress, box spring, frame and 4-drawer wood bureau. $80 for all. Call 316-2131. Miscellaneous - WeatherTech mats for 2016 Mazda 6, $180 new, will sell for $50. Set of 4 mounted winter tires, 225/45R19 Pirelli, low profile, 9,500 miles driven, $200. Four East Cemetery plots, $500 each for Williston residents and $1,000 for non-residents. Pelican tandem kayak with life jackets, paddles, waterproof container, $200. Call Larry 8796697.

Camper - 2008 Montana Mountaineer. 5th wheel, 36 ft. long, 3 slide outs, great condition. $12,000. Call Phillip, 872-5778. Wheelchair van - 2016 Chrysler Town & Country with rebuilt title, manual ramp, 7,500 miles, DVD and nav. Asking $26,000. Call Amy at 343-8063.


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Police Blotter Williston Police Department July 2-7 JULY 2, ST. GEORGE ROAD Officers responded to a report of a possible overdose. An officer stood by with Williston Rescue as they administered Narcan to the individual, and he was safely transported to the hospital. JULY 2, UNDERHILL Officers working an aggressive driving patrol located a vehicle that Vermont State Police was on the lookout for, driving erratically and tailgating. Officers observed the vehicle run a red light, and they conducted a motor vehicle stop. Officers determined the driver was impaired and arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI. JULY 2, HURRICANE LANE Officers from Williston, Richmond and the Vermont State Police responded to a report of a family fight on Hurricane Lane, where a female was reportedly threatening a male with a knife. They located both parties, who were separated at the time, and ensured that no one was injured. One of the parties found another place to

stay for the night.

JULY 4, ST. GEORGE ROAD Officers responded to a commercial business alarm. They discovered an open door and cleared the building. They were able to speak with keyholders who were able to secure the building. JULY 5, WILLISTON ROAD Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at NBT bank. When they arrived, they were able to meet with both parties involved in the dispute. Officers determined that there was no criminal activity, and advised the parties to separate. They left without incident. JULY 5, ASPEN LANE Officers assisted Williston Rescue as they responded to an unresponsive patient. Williston Rescue safely transported the patient. JULY 6, BOXWOOD STREET Officers investigated a report of a suspicious male. They made contact with the male and assisted him in locating the bus stop that he was searching for. JULY 6, SOUTH BROWNELL

ROAD Officers responded to a report of coyote pups near the edge of the roadway. They determined that the pups were old enough to be on their own, and assisted them back into the woods to ensure they were not struck by a vehicle. JULY 6, INTERSTATE 89 Officers conducting stationary radar on 89 Southbound observed a motorcycle to be traveling at 101 miles per hour. Officers stopped the vehicle and observed multiple signs of impairment. Officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests and determined the operator was impaired by alcohol. The driver was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and negligent operation. JULY 7, ESSEX ROAD Officers, while on patrol, heard the sound of fireworks coming from underneath the bridge by Overlook Park. Officers located individuals setting off bottle rockets, and determined they were under the influence of alcohol. One of the parties was under the age of 21 and was issued court diversion paperwork for alcohol consumption.

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