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Pageant premier will celebrate the season BY SUSAN COTE Observer staff
Enjoying a live holiday variety show won’t require a trip to Radio City Music Hall in New York this year. On Friday, Dec. 2, the Williston Central School auditorium will provide the stage for the Williston Community Theatre’s first annual Winter Pageant. It’s not just the venue that’s local: the all-volunteer cast and crew are comprised of over 50 area residents who will present ten different acts offering a cornucopia of entertainment, including dancing, seasonal instrumental and vocal music, a magic act and more. Pageant creative director Sean Reeks said he always dreamed of putting on a winter variety show. When he proposed the idea to his Williston Community Theatre co-executive director and nextdoor neighbor Helen Weston, she immediately replied, “Let’s do it!” Reeks will also serve as the pageant’s host and emcee. Weston is acting as assistant director and will perform at the piano for several songs. Performers include the Champlain Consort, a group of early music musicians led by former Vermont Symphony Orchestra member and Williston resident Chapin Kaynor; The Fidler’s Mystic Mangle Box of Doom, a magic act performed by Chloe,
Williston’s very own ‘Rockettes,’ above, (from left to right) Vie Mazur, Hālee Bernier, Carah Pioli-Hunt, Ellie Wallace, Kyla Paul, Merrill Cameron, Keely Agan, and Kaitie Bessette have perfected their kick-line as part of Williston Community Theatre’s first annual Winter Pageant to hit the stage Dec. 2 at Williston Central School. Left, Sean Reeks (l) and Harley Everitt (r) prep their part of the Pageant during rehearsals. OBSERVER COURTESY PHOTOS
Frankie, and Bill Fidler; and Ballet Vermont. Williston couple Rob and Meredith Stetson will sing two duets. Retired WCS teacher Gary Howard will read the evocative poem, “The Wind of Winter” by Madison Julius Cawein. Howard, a veteran of dramatic performances including many years playing Santa Claus for
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the Polar Express in downtown Burlington and doing skits in the woods during fall and spring pageants at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, said he was recruited by Weston. “They were looking for a character who could recite a poem resonantly. She asked me if I’d do it and I said I’d love to. I’ll take any chance I can get to
perform. It’s a wonderful feeling and wonderful thing to do,” said Howard. Attendees will also enjoy a vocal performance by Harley Everitt, a sixth grader at Williston Central School. Weston noted, “We did a lot of outreach to try to bring in youth to perform ... and I have no doubt we’ll get more as we go into the
second annual.” “We’ve heard from parents that they’re thrilled that there is something close for their kids to be involved in,” said Reeks. Referring to the pageant as the “first annual” clearly broadcasts the intention to make the Winter Pageant a community tradition. see WINTER PAGEANT page 3
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Williston Digital Learning Leader wins award
Williston’s Digital Learning Leader, Jessica Wilson, was presented with Vita-Learn’s Frank Watson Award on Friday at their annual Vermont Fest conference in Killington. The award is presented to a person whose many years of de-
voted service, vision, and leadership have significantly advanced educational technology at the local, regional and state level. According to a release put out by the Champlain Valley School District, Wilson has
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Wilson also serves on Williston schools’ wellness and safety committees and on the board of the Vermont NEA. In 2021, the Frank Watson Award was given by Vita-Learn to Bonnie Birdsall, the Director of Digital Learning & Communication for the Champlain Valley School District. Vita-Learn is a nonprofit organization that provides professional development, training and networking opportunities with the mission to prepare today’s learners for the demands of tomorrow by promoting and supporting the use of information technology to transform Vermont education.
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November 23, 2022 • year,” said Reeks. “I can’t thank our cast and continued from page 1 crew enough, not for their talents, though that’s certainly key. Reeks said, “When the leaves But I am thankful for the time fall and the first snow comes, I everyone is willing to commit.” want folks to be saying ‘It’s that Tickets for the First Annual time of year! The annual winter Winter Pageant can be purchased pageant is just around the cor- online at www.WillistonCommuner. Let’s audition! Let’s bring nityTheatre.com. a group Led by of friends co-executogethtive direcer! Let’s tors Sean get in the R e e k s spirit!’” and Helen W hile We s t o n , the aim is the Willisto grow ton Comthe pagmunity eant over Theatre time, “The debuted show we this year are gowith their ing to be first proputting duction in on Dec. 2 June, the is where musical I thought “Tales and we would T h i n g s ,” be five Helen Weston watches over the rehearsals in which they preparation for the Winter Pageant. y e a r s staged in OBSERVER COURTESY PHOTO from now. the event Because barn at of the support from our com- Isham Family Farm. Next summunity, via sponsorships and mer’s plans include a production incredible participation, we’re of “Little Shop of Horrors” and a going to have that show this first weeklong youth camp.
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December is the start of bird feeding season
“Winter bird feeding is a good way to attract birds arriving from Canada, including evening grosbeaks and purple finches, as well as resident birds including northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees,” said Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s bird project leader. “Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds. Adding other seeds or suet can help to attract certain species. Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches. Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming flowers uncut provides seeds which can also attract birds.”
While watching your bird feeders, you can participate in one or more bird monitoring projects by looking up the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the Great Backyard Bird Count and Project Feeder Watch — all three collect important information for understanding bird populations. The Fish and Wildlife Department offers these tips for bird-friendly bird feeding: • Keep cats inside. Domestic cats are the leading cause of bird death in North America, and feeders can make birds particularly easy prey. • Place feeders closer than 4 feet
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• Clean feeders regularly. To eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses, feeders should be washed every few weeks with a 10 percent bleach solution, then rinsed and allowed to dry before refilling. • Feed birds only between December 1 and April 1 but remove feeders if you see signs of bears. Most bears should be in dens during this time, but some delay entering their dens while even those that have denned may re-emerge to feed if there is a period of warm weather. Bears that learn to get food from people will continue to do so, potentially leading to property damage and dangerous encounters with people which can result in the bear’s demise. Feeding birds, even in the
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We can be thankful for Vermont’s wild turkeys
The Thanksgiving turkeys on our tables this holiday originated from native wild turkeys whose populations have been restored across much of North America thanks to scientific wildlife management by state fish and wildlife agencies.
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One of our native wildlife species historically played an important role on Thanksgiving Day. North America’s native wild turkeys were the ancestors of the Thanksgiving turkey on our dinner table. Originally found only in the wild, turkeys now exist as meat-producing domesticated derivatives — the broad breasted white, broad breasted bronze, white Holland, bourbon red, and a host of other breeds – all of them descended from our native wild turkey. More than 140,000 servings of Vermont wild turkeys are harvested each year – that’s 140,000 servings of free-ranging, wild and sustainably harvested protein. Wild turkeys exist throughout Vermont today, but that was not always the case. Wild turkeys disappeared from Vermont in the mid-to-late 1800s due to habitat de-
struction when land was cleared for farming, and only 25 percent of the state was covered by forest. The wild turkeys we see in Vermont today originated from just 31 wild turkeys stocked in Southwestern Vermont by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 1969 and 1970. Vermont’s forest habitat was once again capable of supporting turkeys. State wildlife biologists moved groups of these birds northward, and today Vermont’s population of turkeys is estimated at close to 50,000. This is just one of many wildlife restoration success stories we can be thankful for in 2022. Funding for Vermont’s wild turkey restoration was derived from the sale of hunting licenses and a federal tax on hunting equipment. Source: Vermont Fish & Wildlife
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Vermonters called for balance and we all need to listen BY GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT At 4:00 a.m. the day before every election, my team and I set out on a 14 County Tour, visiting all of Vermont’s 14 counties in one day. This 500+ mile tour has a way to put things into perspective. It reinforces how beautiful our state is and how much it has to offer. And it reminds us that the differences between counties and communities can be stark. We’ve been making progress to close this gap, but we must do more to make sure every family, in every part of our state, has the tools needed to be healthy, safe, and successful. So, with the election behind us, I hope everyone elected to serve in Montpelier will work with me to level the playing field from region to region, restoring economic security and prosperity statewide. And Vermonters want us to
work together. They want balance and moderation. They made that clear when electing me with about 70% of the vote and Democratic ‘super-majorities’ in the Legislature. Of course, they don’t want me to be a rubber stamp for the Legislature, nor do they want the Legislature to blindly go along with whatever I put forward. So that means we’ll be debating the issues, which I will continue to do with civility, seeking consensus where possible, compromising when necessary, and agreeing to disagree or let the process run its course when we cannot resolve our differences. Vermonters want us to put their needs ahead of politics. This type of thoughtful, balanced government – with less partisanship and political positioning – is what gets the best results. Unfortunately, hyper-partisan political parties are driving Amer-
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most Vermonters and Americans are. A large majority of us are somewhere in the center. And most of us could live without all the labels and name calling. Think about it. Would you ask your neighbor who they voted for before lending a helping hand in their time need? Of course not. We need to remember to view each other as people first – fellow Americans – and judge each other by our basic decency, kindness, and generosity toward each other – not political labels. Just because we don’t agree on every issue doesn’t mean we’re enemies. The vast majority of people with whom we disagree are, in fact, good people. They want to make a difference in their com-
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A thank you to community members
A year of crisis, seen and unseen
Thank you, thank you, once again for your generous response to our annual Turkey Drive last Saturday. We reached our goal of 150 turkeys and have given 81 out as of the end of the day on Saturday. I expect that we will give out at least 25 more at our upcoming shift on Tuesday evening. I believe that we will have enough turkeys to give our clients one for Christmas as well. In addition, we collected many, many gift cards which we will use for our clients in the future. I feel blessed to live in such a generous community. Together we are fulfilling our mission of Feeding our Hungry Neighbors. Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.
I write to you, not only as the Executive Director of the Red Cross in Vermont, but as a resident of Williston. 2022 has been a year of crisis — both seen and unseen — for families and communities. Crises we’ve seen have included extreme climate disasters such as Hurricane Ian, severe floods in Kentucky and wildfires out West; the ongoing conflict in Ukraine; and the first-ever national American Red Cross blood crisis in January 2022. But there were personal crises too — unseen to many beyond those experiencing them: the person who needed CPR during a cardiac arrest, the family who needed to contact a deployed service member during an emergency, and the hospital patient who needed a lifesaving blood transfusion. For all these crises and more,
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The Electric Grid - What is it and how do we benefit from it? BY KEVIN THORLEY Williston Energy Committee “What is the Electric Grid?“ “Can the Electric Grid handle all these EVs and Heat Pumps?” These questions come up frequently, and in this article, we’ll try to answer them! Think of the electric grid as
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the grid we’re not doing so unnecessarily. Efficiency can take many forms, from replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, turning lights and devices off when not in use, and weatherizing our homes. Demand Response may not be familiar to most people, but it’s an important tool HOW WE PAY FOR THE GRID we can use to manage our grid. Demand The rates we all pay on our electric bill Response programs make use of “smart” are approved each year by the Vermont Pubdevices, including EV chargers, thermolic Utility Commission (PUC). Power comstats, home battery storage, etc., to autopanies propose these rates based on a number matically make these changes a few times of factors, including the cost of generating a month during peak events, decreasing electricity and expected peak demands. Veroverall grid costs, delivering financial inmont is fortunate to rely primarily on renewcentives to electric customers, and having able and carbon-free sources of electricity, as little to no impact on our daily lives. most of New England is currently experiencOne example of Demand Response ing large rate increases (many over 60%) due is in adjusting thermostats up or down a to the costs of Natural Gas. Meanwhile, cusfew degrees at peak times, or, better yet, tomers of Green Mountain Power will only pre-heating and pre-cooling our living see a 2% increase. and working spaces to The cost of electricity take advantage of plenis not constant. Like many tiful energy during offVermont is other goods and services peak hours of the day. we buy, electricity is sold fortunate to rely This work is happening on a market that responds in Vermont now. The primarily on to supplies and demands. Flexible Load ManageIt may appear as a fixed renewable and ment program launched rate on our bills, but the by GMP and Efficiency carbon-free sources cost of our electricity can Vermont does this by vary significantly beof electricity, as helping large businesstween a sunny day in the es shift their facilities’ most of New spring and a cold winter heating, cooling, and evening or a hot, muggy, England is currently operations in ways to summer afternoon. These benefit the grid, and to experiencing large high demand (and high save them money, maxcost!) times are called rate increases (many imize efficiency, and cut “peak events.” Power carbon emissions. Simiover 60%) companies plan for these larly, some local utilities events when they submit offer special discount their rates to the PUC. As rates for EV drivers to a result, reducing these energy peaks can have encourage off-peak charging. an important impact on future rates. You can learn more about what the Ver- BEYOND VERMONT Vermont is not an island when it comes mont PUC does and how you can participate on their website: https://puc.vermont. to its electric systems. It is part of a larger, regional grid managed by Independent gov/electric. System Operator - New England (ISOA SMARTER GRID NE). ISO-NE is one of many IndepenBeyond generating more electricity, dent System Operators (ISOs) or Regionhow else can we handle our growing elecal Transmission Operators (RTOs) in the tric demand? Some big things to focus on United States. These groups are responsiare energy storage, energy efficiency, and ble for ensuring that the electric demand in demand response programs. their respective regions is matched by an Energy storage (batteries) makes the appropriate level of electric supply. grid more flexible, keeping the lights on You can view real-time conditions on during severe weather while reducing the New England grid on ISO-NE’s webcosts (and carbon emissions) for all cussite: https://www.iso-ne.com/isoexpress/ tomers during energy peaks. Last year web/charts. alone, Green Mountain Power customers You can also learn more about ISOsaved $3 million through GMPs network NE’s long range plans to support the New of stored energy. England grid in their 2022 Regional ElecEnergy efficiency is key to making sure tricity Outlook: https://www.iso-ne.com/ that even as we’re putting more loads on beyond. VELCO’s most recent long-range plan is available here: https://www.velco.com/assets/documents/2021%20VLRTP%20to%20PUC_ FINAL.pdf
static-assets/documents/2022/06/2022_ reo.pdf. THE FUTURE
As you can see, there are a lot of things to discuss when it comes to “the grid,” and there are also a lot of changes to be made. This grid transformation work is happening in Vermont now, and it is making a difference. More is needed however to provide the flexible and fully resilient grid Vermont needs. If you’d like to learn more, this is a great article that goes more in-depth on all aspects of the national grid: https://justenergy.com/blog/power-grid-what-is-it-and-
how-does-it-work/. The Williston Energy Committee would like to thank Green Mountain Power for their contribution to this article. To participate in Williston’s energy future, reach out to your Williston Energy Committee at Energy@ WillistonVT.org or attend one of our public meetings, held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The agenda for upcoming meetings is posted on the Town of Williston website and on Front Porch Forum.
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Switch to LED Holiday Lights LEDs consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and decorative LED light strings such as Christmas tree lights are no different. Not only do LED holiday lights consume
less electricity, they also have the following advantages: Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage. Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now. Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket. Source: www.energy.gov
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Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers can now save $200 when they switch from fossil fuel for cooking and install a new electric induction cooktop or range. Induction technology heats up and cools down faster than fossil fuel and provides great temperature control, all without carbon emissions and indoor air pollution. “GMP’s energy supply is 100% carbon free, so cooking with induction technology helps fight climate change efficiently at home while helping to lower per unit power costs for all customers,” said Tiana Smith, GMP’s head of electrification. The new rebate is available for installed induction cooktops or ranges (not portable) and is valid on purchases made October 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023. Customers can apply for the induction rebate and see all the details on GMP’s website: www.greenmountainpower.com.
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Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti care BY ANDREA KNEPPER Special to the Observer
The Christmas cactus with its showy flowers that bloom in winter is a popular, easy-to-grow holiday plant. COURTESY PHOTO BY SABINE SCHWOAZE/PIXABAY
My grandmother had a green thumb. A self-taught gardener, she cultivated a bountiful garden every summer, tended a large variety of indoor plants and was always ready to experiment with and learn about new varieties. One of my favorite memories of her as a gardener relates to a small, green, succulent-like leaf she found on the sidewalk near her apartment.
We had just arrived for a visit when she found this small leaf. Her excitement seemed excessive as she described how she had found a piece of a Christmas cactus. I watched as she carefully put the leaf in some moist potting soil. I forgot about this incident until some time later when Grandma showed me a lush green plant, which she proudly reported had grown from that small leaf she picked up from the sidewalk. Christmas cactus (Schlumgera bridgesii), and its close relative, the
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Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumgera truncata), appear for sale in garden centers at this time of year. They make wonderful gifts as they are easy to care for and, with a bit of knowledge, can be coaxed to rebloom with modest effort. Identification of these cacti can be made by examining their leaf segments. Both types have projections along the edge. The Thanksgiving cactus leaf projections are pointed while those of the Christmas cactus are more rounded. Both types bloom in a variety of colors, mostly red, pink, purple and white. They are native to the rainforests of Brazil where their roots anchor them to tree branches or rocky outcrops. Because of this heritage, their needs are different than other popular succulents. A succulent potting mix is the best choice for these cacti. Water when the surface of the soil is dry. Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti also prefer a humid environment. This can be simulated by placing a drip tray of stones under the pot. Keep a small amount of water in the tray to evaporate. The pot should not be submerged in the water but sitting atop the stones. These plants prefer bright light, but not direct sunlight. To encourage them to bloom, they must have a minimum of 12 hours of darkness and cooler temperatures, ideally in the 50-60 degree Fahrenheit range, for about six weeks. Once buds begin to appear, you can return the cactus to its usual location. Do not fertilize your cactus while it is in bloom. These cacti are relatively disease-free. The most common problem is stem or root rot, caused by excessive moisture. This easily can be avoided by using well-draining soil, such as a succulent potting mix, and allowing the soil to dry between waterings. They prefer to have their roots fit snugly in their pot, so replanting is only necessary every three to five years. To propagate, take a cutting of one or more leaf segments and simply allow to dry out for a couple of days. Once dry, place the cutting in moist soil. After roots have developed, which takes a few weeks, transplant into succulent potting mix and water as you would for an established plant.
November 23, 2022 • PRESCHOOL MUSIC AND PLAYTIME
Thursday, Dec. 1 and 8, 10:3011:30 a.m. Enjoy music with Linda Bassick, then stay to play. LITTLE DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library hours: • Monday and Wednesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit www.damlvt.org to apply for a library card, renew materials, access digital offerings and register online for programs. Need help? Call 8784918 or email daml@damlvt. org. We will be closed on Nov. 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Children 4th grade and younger must be supervised by someone over 16 years of age. TWEEN BOOK CLUB
Monday, Nov. 28, 3-4 p.m. Discuss the Golden Dome books
with others at the library. TEENS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Monday, Nov. 28, 5-6 p.m. Ages 12+. Join a one-shot D&D campaign. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
Tuesdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 10:30-11 a.m. Join Danielle for stories and fun. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS FOR KIDS
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 8-12. Finish our Nov. campaign. AFTER SCHOOL CRAFT
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2-3 p.m. Make a yarn feather ornament or keychain. TEEN GENRE BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 5-6 p.m. Ages 12+. Discuss any book, graphic novel, web comic, or other story format involving a theme of food. Vote on January’s genre or theme.
Friday, Dec. 2 and 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages 6-8. Register interested kids to try out a 2-session D&D campaign. Caretakers should stay to help their campaigner. Registration required. TEEN NIGHT: “MURDER AT THE PIZZERIA”
Monday, Dec. 5, 5-6 p.m. Ages 12+. Act out a murder mystery to find out whodunnit (and enjoy pizza while you’re at it).
Library’s LEGO collection. SECRET SPY CHEMISTRY
Thursday, Dec. 8, 5-5:45 p.m. Make your own invisible ink, write a secret message, and learn how to read it.
MULTI-AGE PROGRAMS READ TO A CAT
Thursday, Dec. 1, 3:304:30 p.m. Call to schedule an eight-minute time-slot to read to therapy cat, Oscar. GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10:30-11 a.m. Enjoy gentle activities and socialization with your baby.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Register for your preferred morning hour to stop by to decorate a gingerbread house with your family. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration required.
AFTER SCHOOL LEGO AND BOARD GAME TIME
PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2-3 p.m. Find a new favorite game or challenge yourself with new LEGO creations.
To join a book club or for Zoom link, email programs@ damlvt.org.
Consider joining one of our Dec. books groups. Stop by the Library to pick up a copy or access
Thursday, Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m. Create something new with the
DEC. BOOK CLUBS
eBook in Libby(Overdrive). • After Hours Book Club, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. “Chances Are” by Richard Russo. • Book Club Buffet (Online), Tuesday, Dec. 20, 12:30 p.m. “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff. • Brown Bag Book Club, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 12:30 p.m. Reader’s Recommendation – share a favorite book with the group. ADULT CRAFTERNOON: SNOWMAN EARRINGS
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2-3 p.m. Welcome winter by making a pair of adorable snowman earrings. GUIDED MEDITATION (ONLINE)
Fridays in Dec. 12:00-12:30 p.m. Join a short, guided meditation session via Zoom. MAH JONGG
Friday, Dec. 2, 1-3 p.m. Drop in to play this popular tile game. All abilities welcome. SPANISH CONVERSATION (ONLINE)
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 5-6 p.m. Join teacher Elliot Lafferty in practicing conversation. All abilities welcome.
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NOV. 6 –12 Total Calls: 164 Traffic Stops: 37 Fingerprints Processed: 3
• Eugene Jewell, 21, of Williston, was arrested for driving while under the influence. • Samuel Harlow, 31, of Burlington, was arrested for burglary. • Michael Sweetser, 30, of Milton, was arrested for driving while under the influence. Nov. 6 at 8:11 a.m. — Police responded to assist Vermont State Police on Sherman Hollow Road.
Nov. 6 at 10:10 a.m. — Police provided a case number for property damage on Hawthorne Street. Nov. 6 at 10:22 a.m. — Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Essex Road. Nov. 6 at 3:50 p.m. — Police responded to a report of disorderly conduct on Harvest Lane. Upon arrival, the officer issued a trespass notice at the request of the business. Nov. 7 at 1:44 a.m. — Police responded to an alarm activation on James Brown Drive. Upon arrival, the alarm was confirmed to be false. Nov. 7 at 7:55 a.m. — Police responded to a report of suspicious activity on Saint George Road.
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Nov. 7 at 8:13 a.m. — Police responded to a vehicle collision on Chad Lane. There were no injuries or hazards reported on the scene. Nov. 7 at 11:58 a.m. — Police responded to a report of suspicious behavior on Zephyr Road. Nov. 7 at 12:01 p.m. — Police assisted citizens on Market Street at their request. Nov. 7 at 1:41 p.m. — Police responded to a report of retail theft on Cypress Street. Nov. 7 at 3:57 p.m. — Police responded to a motor vehicle complaint at Taft Corners Shopping Center. Upon arrival, the owner of the vehicle could not be contacted. Nov. 7 at 7:57 p.m. — Police completed a requested welfare check on Twitchell Court. Nov. 7 at 10:53 p.m. — Police responded to an alarm activation in Maple Tree Place. Upon arrival, the alarm was confirmed to be false. Nov. 8 at 2:00 a.m. — Police located an unsecured premise while on foot patrol on Walnut Street. Nov. 8 at 12:59 p.m. — Police responded to a report of retail theft on Harvest Lane. Nov. 8 at 2:25 p.m. — Police responded to a request for assistance on Lamplite Lane. Upon arrival, the officers contacted Outreach at the citizen’s request. Nov. 8 at 8:20 p.m. — Police responded to an alarm activation on Blair Park Road. Upon arrival, the alarm was confirmed to be false. Nov. 8 at 9:07 p.m. — Police responded to a report of retail theft on Harvest Lane. Nov. 8 at 9:40 p.m. — Police issued a citation for criminal trespassing on Harvest Lane.
Nov. 8 at 9:57 p.m. — Police responded to a report of a suspicious circumstance on Essex Road. Nov. 8 at 10:00 p.m. — Police responded to a request for assistance on Obrien Court. Nov. 9 at 5:33 a.m. — Police responded to an alarm activation on Boxwood Street. Upon arrival, the alarm was confirmed to be false. Nov. 9 at 8:57 a.m. — Police responded to a report of a disturbance on Harvest Lane. Upon arrival, the officer issued a notice of trespass at the request of the business. Nov. 9 at 9:55 a.m. — Police responded to a vehicle collision on Boxwood Street. Nov. 9 at 12:04 p.m. — Police responded to a lockout on Harvest Lane. Upon arrival, the officer was able to gain access to the vehicle for the operator. Nov. 9 at 12:45 p.m. — Police responded to a report of suspicious behavior on Boxwood Street. Upon arrival, the individual had left the area. Nov. 9 at 2:24 p.m. — Police responded to a report of retail theft on Harvest Lane. Upon arrival, the individual was cited accordingly. Nov. 9 at 2:58 p.m. — Police responded to assist Williston Fire Department on Retail Way. Nov. 9 at 4:48 p.m. — Police responded to assist South Burlington Police Department on Harvest Lane. Nov. 10 at 12:30 a.m. — Police took custody of found property that was turned into the department. Nov. 10 at 7:11 a.m. — Police took custody see POLICE page 15
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of found property that was turned into the department. Nov. 10 at 9:39 a.m. — Police responded to a report of retail theft on Harvest Lane. Upon arrival, the officer issued a trespass notice and citation accordingly. Nov. 10 at 6:18 p.m. — Police provided a case number for property damage on Connor Way. Nov. 11 at 9:09 a.m. — Police responded to a report of suspicious behavior in Maple Tree Place. Upon arrival, the officer did not observe suspicious behavior. Nov. 11 at 10:17 a.m. — Police assisted an operator in gaining access to their vehicle on Hawthorne Street. Nov. 11 at 12:50 p.m. — Police responded to a report of suspicious behavior on Harvest Lane. Upon arrival, the officer provided a courtesy ride to the citizen. Nov. 11 at 1:25 p.m. — Police responded to a report of harassment on Market Street. The officer issued a trespass notice at the request of the business. Nov. 11 at 2:11 p.m. — Police issued a trespass notice on Harvest Williston
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Lane at the request of the business. Nov. 11 at 4:45 p.m. — Police responded to a vehicle collision in Maple Tree Place. There were no injuries or hazards reported on the scene. Nov. 11 at 5:08 p.m. — Police gained access to a vehicle for the operator on Harvest Lane. Nov. 11 at 6:52 p.m. — Police responded to a vehicle collision on Harvest Lane. There were no injuries or hazards reported on the scene. Nov. 11 at 7:51 p.m. — Police responded to a vehicle collision on Mountain View Road. There were no injuries or hazards reported on the scene. Nov. 11 at 11:11 p.m. — Police gained access to a vehicle for an operator on Boxwood Street. Nov. 12 at 12:52 a.m. — Police re-
sponded to an alarm activation on Lawrence Place. Upon arrival, the alarm was confirmed to be false. Nov. 12 at 3:41 a.m. — Police responded to an alarm activation on Miller Lane. Upon arrival, the alarm was confirmed to be false. Nov. 12 at 2:15 p.m. — Police assisted Williston Fire Department on Boxwood Street. Nov. 12 at 10:14 p.m. — Police responded to an alarm activation on Market Street. Upon arrival, the alarm was confirmed to be false. The incidents above are not a full recount of police activity, rather a highlight of some of the events that occurred. Charges filed by police are subject to review by the Chittenden County State’s Attorneys Office and can be amended or dropped.
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There are more than 400,000 known types of algae.
photo by Ed Bierman
What are algae?
Most algae live where it is very moist, in the sea or in bodies of fresh water. They also live in soil and snow. One type of algae lives by using the morning dew in the desert.
Feasting on sunlight
Like plants, most algae use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide gas and water into food. When organisms create their food out of light, it is called photosynthesis (foe-toe-SIN-theh-sis). Algae and plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Luckily for people and animals, oxygen is the waste product of photosynthesis. We couldn’t live without the oxygen produced by algae. Algae are often categorized by their colors, which are usually shades of green, red or brown. Different colors have different ways of using photosynthesis. Experts believe each color probably developed, or evolved, from a different organism.
photo by Dr. Robert Ricker, NOAA/NOS/ORR
An alga (AL-guh) is a plantlike organism. Most live in groups, so we usually use the plural, algae (AL-jee). Algae are simple organisms. Sometimes larger algae look like plants, but they don’t have specialized parts, like the kelp pictured below, which doesn’t have any actual leaves or roots. There are thousands of different types. Algae can be single cells so small that hundreds could fit on the period at the end of this sentence. Or they can be large, many-celled organisms. Phytoplankton (FIE-toePLANK-tun) are a type of algae that live in bodies of water. They are usually made of only one cell.
One beautiful type of algae is a diatom (DIE-uh-tahm). Diatom cell walls are made of glass. The tiny one-celled organisms come in many shapes. These live between crystals of sea ice in Antarctica.
photo by Prof. Gordon T. Taylor, Stony Brook University, courtesy NOAA
Have you ever eaten algae? You probably have, although you might not have known it. Just what are algae, anyway? The Mini Page talked with a scientist from the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, to learn more about algae and their importance to Earth.
Algae have been on Earth for more than 1.6 billion years. Early algae existed when there was hardly any oxygen in the air. Over time, they produced so much oxygen waste that it changed the atmosphere. They put enough oxygen into the air that animals and people could breathe. Without algae, none of us would be here. Plants also produce oxygen. But algae were producing oxygen more than a billion years before plants even existed. The algae in the ocean are responsible for more than half of all the oxygen we breathe today. Some experts believe they may have produced as much as 85% of the oxygen in our atmosphere.
This green leafy alga lives in the Gulf of Mexico.
Resources Resources On the Web: • bit.ly/MPalgae
At the library:
• “Seaweed: Marine Algae From the Northeast Coast” by J. Roach-Evans
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Words that remind us of algae are hidden in this puzzle. Some Nancy words are hidden backward, and some letters are used twice.
Amy: What kind of math are fish best at? Arnie: Algae-bra!
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(DIE-uh-tahm). Diatom cell walls are made of glass. The tiny one-celled organisms come in many shapes. These live between crystals of sea ice in Antarctica.
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of water. They are usually made of only one cell.
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Words that remind us of algae are hidden in this puzzle. Some words are hidden backward, and some letters are used twice. See if you can find: ALGAE, CARBON, CELL, COLOR, DESERT, DIATOM, FOOD, GAS, HABITAT, KELP, ORGANISMS, OCEAN, OXYGEN, PHYTOPLANKTON, SEA, SIMPLE, SNOW, SOIL, WATER.
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What to do: 1. Boil green beans and salt in 1/2 cup water in a saucepan until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. 2. Run green beans under cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain. 3. Meanwhile, combine remaining vegetables in separate pan with olive oil. 4. Sprinkle spices on top and cook on medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. 5. Add vegetable mixture to green beans and stir to combine. Serves 4.
7 Little Words for Kids Use the letters in the boxes to make a word with the same meaning as the clue. The numbers in parentheses represent the number of letters in the solution. Each letter combination can be used only once, but all letter combinations will be necessary to complete the puzzle.
Antarctic researchers captured awesome images of pink skies over the frozen landscape brought on by Tonga’s record volcanic eruption in mid-January. The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano spewed an enormous number of fine particles high into the stratosphere, resulting in vivid sunsets in parts of Australia and New Zealand. The effect in the near-perpetual winter twilight of Antarctica’s Scott Base and McMurdo Station has created a fiery hue over the ice, even at noon. adapted with permission from Earthweek.
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OBITUARIES Janice Sundberg Parker Janice Sundberg Parker passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 6 after living with Alzheimer’s Disease and lung cancer for several years. Janice was born on March 14, 1931 in Burlington, VT, daughter of Carl and Betty (Corey) Sundberg and twin to her beloved sister Joyce Sundberg Fellows. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1949 and attended the University of Vermont as a Marketing major until she left school to marry Donald Jasper Parker, their wedding held in Ira Allen Chapel in Nov. 1951. Upon Donald’s graduation from UVM in May 1952, they lived in Pennsylvania while Don worked for US Steel, but decided to return to Vermont in early 1953 with Don’s new job at Vermont Structural Steel on Flynn Avenue. They lived on Buell Street where their first son Steffen was born before building their new home on Alder Lane where they welcomed two more boys, Michael and Peter. Don’s job had him move to the Plattsburgh office in 1959 so they bought a very old farmhouse in Ingraham, NY and Janice made it a home for the boys as they grew up working on the local farms. She worked outside of the home for many years as a salesperson for Fairchild’s Gift Shop in Plattsburgh before becoming the elementary school librarian for Chazy Central Rural School. Active in the Chazy
Library and Chazy Presbyterian Church, Janice was a member of the Friendship Club and the church choir, and spent many hours with her dear friend Francie Fairchild. With Don’s return to Burlington in 1969 to attend UVM and then work for the Knight Consulting Firm, plans were developed to build a new home in Williston and with family help, the new place on Butternut Road was ready for mom to move in during the summer of 1977. During their 30 years there, the boys came and went as their lives changed and the property was expanded with a swimming pool, carport and workshop for Don. Janice worked for the Chittenden Bank, first as a Customer Service Associate and then in the Trust Department handling a variety of financial issues including the first offering of Ben
& Jerry’s stock. She retired from there in 1994 to tend to her gardens, jam-making, reading and maintaining the home for Don as he semi-retired from his civil engineering work to spend more time in the home workshop. With her twin Joyce’s death in 1993, she extended her grandmother’s reach to her beloved nieces and nephews, Lynne, Craig, Jan and Andy Fellows, and their children and spouses, all while being the grandmother to her own growing gang of 13 grandchildren from her three sons and their wives. Don passed away in 2004 and Janice continued to live on Butternut until it became apparent that the place was too big for her to maintain. She sold the property to Steffen in Aug. 2007, moving into a duplex in Williston village. Janice continued to be an active reader, gardener and church member, now affiliated with the Williston Seventh Adventist Church. With her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in Feb. 2017, life began to change as the family supported her staying at home as long as possible, providing 24/7 caregivers for more than five years. And in July 2022, Janice moved to The Arbors in Shelburne to receive more direct care and provide for her safety. Family visited often over the last few years and she was always in their thoughts as well as in the pictures that filled her room. Janice is predeceased by her
parents, Carl and Betty Sundberg, her twin sister Joyce Sundberg Fellows, and her husband Donald Jasper Parker. She is survived by her three sons and their families: Steffen and Kathryn of Williston (Josiah, Molly, Jacob), Michael of West Chazy (Corrie, Sarah), and Peter and Christine of Starksboro (Elizabeth, Stephen, Hannah, Charity, Faith, MaryLynn, Lydia, Daniel). She is also survived by her nieces and nephews and their families, Lynne and Wayne Suddaby (Steacy, Caleb, Zachary), Craig and Missy Fellows (Samuel, Laura, Owen), Jan Fellows (Eliza, Emmons), and Andy Fellows. Janice will be missed by her extended family including daughter-in-law Deb Wehrlin, Andy’s companion Tina, and the entire Fairchild family of West Chazy including Francie, John (Toby), Laura and Jessie. She will also be missed by her special caregiver Linda, to whom the family owes so much for her years of tender care. A celebration of Janice’s life was held, Nov. 13 at the Williston Seventh Day Adventist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Green Mountain Audubon Nature Center (vt.audubon.org), the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org) or the Williston Seventh Day Adventist Church. Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Jct., VT.
Marguerite McKenna, 89, passed away peacefully Nov. 6, 2022, at UVM Medical Center, with her loving family by her side. Marguerite was born Aug. 7, 1933, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph Garthaffner and Margaret (Keating). Marguerite was a telephone operator for most of her working life and was also very involved in volunteering for the Telephone Pioneers of America. In her early years Marguerite was a CCD teacher at St. Marks in Burlington and was a parishioner at St. Ann Church in Milton for over 30 years. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting hats and blankets for the babies in the NICU and was a part of the Red Hat Ladies group. Marguerite enjoyed traveling, especially to Eastern Europe exploring her German roots. She is survived by her children, Matthew McKenna of Milton, Jennifer Babcock (Byron Gabaree) of Williston, and Martha McKenna of Winooski; and her brother Francis Garthaffner (Judith) of Huntington NY. She is predeceased by her husband Thomas A. McKenna; her parents, Joseph Garthaffner and Margaret (Keating); her son Joseph McKenna; and her brothers, Joseph Garthaffner and John Garthaffner. A memorial mass was held Nov. 14 at St. Ann Church. A burial immediately followed at St. Ann Cemetery. For those who wish, online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com.
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OBITUARIES Ann Doughty Bunting Ann Doughty Bunting, seventy-nine years old and a resident in Shelburne Vermont, passed away at the Arbors memory care community, Nov.13, 2022. The daughter of Roswell K. and Eleanore W. Doughty, Ann was born in Rochester, NY on Oct. 7, 1943, and, with her two siblings Martha and Bob, spent her childhood years in Mamaroneck, NY. Ann had an inquiring mind and was on a lifelong journey for truth and meaning, reflected in her early years as an active member of the local Methodist church and as an academic talent in school. She graduated from Connecticut College in 1965. Initially pursuing graduate studies in religion, Ann’s interest quickly shifted to psychology, receiving a master’s in counseling at Harvard University in 1970 and completing a PhD in human development from the University of Maryland, in 1977. Ann would say, however, that her true education in the field of psychology began in the late 1970’s, when she began studying family systems theory with Dr. Murray Bowen, at Georgetown University. Ann met Charles I. (Chuck)
Bunting while in graduate school at Harvard, and they married in June 1969. She and Chuck moved in 1971 from Cambridge to Washington DC, where their two sons, Matthew and Adam, were born, in 1974 and 1976. The family moved to Vermont in 1985, and Ann opened an office for her clinical practice in Burlington. She noticed that a number of her clients became interested in learning more about Bowen systems theory and practice, and she began organizing clinical conferences for those interested in learning more. Subsequently, she invited colleagues to consider forming a more formal organization in 1997, and the Ver-
mont Center for Family Studies was founded a year later. The VCFS developed a range of programs for teaching Bowen theory and its applications in Vermont, while also building and sustaining important ties to the Bowen Center in Washington. Ann’s legacy as a clinician and colleague was extraordinary, and with her family and community she was a profoundly influential, devoted, and beloved partner, mother, grandmother, and friend. She also followed many other interests, including yoga and meditation, delivering meals on wheels, gardening, walking and swimming. In particular, her grandchildren saw her as a source of unconditional love, lemon cough drops, peanut M&M’s, and countless viewings of Star Wars and Mary Poppins. Ann leaves her spouse of 53 years, Chuck, and their two sons: Matthew and his wife Hadley, in South Burlington; Adam and his wife MaryBeth, in Williston; and her brother Robert, in Harpers Ferry, WV; she was predeceased by her sister Martha and her husband, William. She also leaves five wonderful and beloved grandchildren: Madeline, Abernathy, Rose, Charlie, and Henry. There will be a celebration of Ann’s life at the Charlotte Congregational Church, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, and a private family gathering in late spring. For those who wish to do so, memorials can be sent to: VCFS Ann Bunting Legacy Fund, c/o Erik Thompson, 65 Leeway Circle, St. George, VT 05495; or Community Giving Fund, Champlain Valley Union High School, 369 CVU Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461.
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