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PHOTOS: CVU baseball against Mount Mansfield

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April 21, 2011

Observer photos by Shane Bufano (www.shanebufano.com)

The Champlain Valley Union baseball team started their season off right with a 6-4 win against Mount Mansfield on April 15.

This Week’s Popcorn – “Arthur”

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Gives you a run for the money

2 & 1/2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger
Special to The Citizen

Filmgoers respectful of the first “Arthur,” starring the late, great Dudley Moore, needn’t be afraid to laugh lest they commit sacrilege whence seeing this shiny new remake featuring Russell Brand as the title billionaire-dipsomaniac. Understandable, however, that possibility born of a reverence for the 1981 classic comedy does jog a fond memory.

I was a neophyte in the New York screening rooms, amazed at my good fortune to be in the same space, even if still not conversant with, my film critic idols, when Hesh and I, who would evolve into longtime movie companions, attended a preview of the original. We knew nothing of the movie; only that it was a comedy. Then the lights went down.

Dudley Moore erupted into his raucous, drunken but loveable bad boy with the force of a comedic Jack-in-the-box. The room remained silent in what seemed like conspired defiance. But Hesh and I couldn’t help it. We soon started to titter, muffling our reaction whilst looking at each other for an explanation of the otherwise Sphinx-like reception.

Then Arthur really got rolling, a gangbusters illustration of nose-thumbing impudence, a playboy who only lived for a good time, and couldn’t care less what anyone else thought. OK, so he was a fall down drunk. Who wasn’t back then? But the room stood its stodgy ground. Our snickers grew to chortles. And finally there was no containing ourselves.

We gave into the comic epiphany. Pent-up belly-laughs were released like a suddenly deflated zeppelin (so much for appearances and demeanor). We would cackle robustly. Let them throw us out of the place. It was funny! In the movies, this is when the monocled old gent in the room finally accedes, giving consent for all to join in heartily.

I like to think it happened that way, and that we were the flint that got the bonfire of mirth started. In any case, sounder funny bones prevailed, and the rest is history … until now with the arrival of what some may see as the ignoble usurper. The syndrome is common, and often as not more a patriotic defense of one’s era than an artistic criticism.

If you live the projected three score and 18, you’ll see 3.2 remakes of your favorite movie, plus the silent one you didn’t even know existed until you took that film course. But I’ll commit no blasphemy. While this “Arthur” is only a shadow of the icon, it’s not a bad silhouette at that, a contemporary homage full of its very own personality and wit.

Deserving credit for having the chutzpah to tackle the sacrosanct role, Russell Brand last imparted his stoner imprint as rock star Aldous Snow in “Get Him to the Greek” (2010). So, he is no stranger to treading on hallowed ground if you consider that said film is actually a variation on the Peter O’Toole-starring “My Favorite Year” (1982).

Borrowing from Moore but interjecting his unique style of audacious rebellion against whatever doesn’t tickle his spoiled fancy, this poor little rich kid can run amok with the best of them. All the New York City cops know him. Quickly released from jail after a night of hedonism, he bails out his fellow inmates, informing: “It wouldn’t seem fair otherwise.”

In another scene, upon hearing that there is a recession on, he unleashes the contents of an ATM in a 7-11 on a group of strangers whilst exclaiming, “free money!” He’s a goodhearted wastrel who believes that currency should be used in the pursuit of fun. To his dowager mom’s chagrin, he has no interest in working to enlarge the family fortune.

Of course Mumsy (Geraldine James) has had sonny boy’s antics and disinterest in the accumulation of wealth up to here. She’s given him everything … but love. In patrician fashion, she’s left that chore to his nanny, Hobson, nicely exacted by Helen Mirren. The governess is his only friend. Most of the other women he knows are, well, you know.

One exception, but only by the amount of money she’s interested in, is Jennifer Garner’s Susan, the daughter of a self-made industrialist (Nick Nolte). While already rich, she’d sure like the coat of arms that comes with marrying Arthur. And mother wouldn’t mind letting her believe aristocracy rubs off if it’ll harness Arthur for the good of the dynasty.

But don’t worry. This wouldn’t be the fun-filled, modern fairy tale it is if there weren’t also a poor but sweet gal like Greta Gerwig’s perfectly cast Naomi in the mix. Naturally she supports a sick dad. I know. It’s predictable. But for those who don’t mind trading a little credibility for a lot of kismet, “Arthur” proves rich with laughs and good feelings.

“Arthur,” rated PG-13, is a Warner Bros. Pictures release directed by Jason Winer and stars Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and Greta Gerwig. Running time: 110 minutes

Recipe Corner

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Easter brunch or anytime

April 21, 2011

By Ginger Isham

I love recipes that can be made ahead of time that allow me to concentrate on last minute details.

Blueberry French Toast

12 slices of old white bread, crusts removed
2 packages of cream cheese (8 ounce size)
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
12 eggs
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

Sauce:
1 cup sugar (use a little less)
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 cup water
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon butter

Cut bread into cubes and put half in a greased 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Cut cream cheese into cubes and spread evenly over bread. Sprinkle blueberries over this and rest of bread cubes on top. Beat eggs in large bowl and add milk and syrup. Mix well and pour over bread mixture. Chill 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove cover and bake 25 to 30 minutes more, and serve with blueberry sauce.

Combine sugar, cornstarch and water. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in blueberries and simmer for about 8 minutes. Stir in butter (you may omit sauce and serve with maple syrup and fresh blueberries, or whipped cream, fresh blueberries and maple syrup drizzled over all)

Just before serving the French toast, prepare this Michigan’s B& B recipe for:

Mountain Top Bacon:
Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon pepper in a plastic bag. Shake bacon pieces to coat and place on rack in broiler pan. Bake on 300 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Yummy!

Ginger Fruit Salad

1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 apple, cored and diced
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup orange juice
1 large banana, sliced
1 cup fat-free lemon yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger

Toss fruits together, but add banana last. Serve in small bowls or one large bowl and top with yogurt and ginger.

Make little hats for place settings by folding a 5-by-4 ½-inch piece of plain colored paper (any kind) in half. Beginning with seam edge, turn the upper left corner down to form a three-sided triangle shape. Do the same with the right hand corner on the seam, bringing middle of each triangle touching. Fold up single sheet at front of open edge to make a band, covering bottom part of each triangle, and do the same with back, open edge. This makes a small hat with a backside that has no seam and a place to write someone’s name.

Decorate with streamers, flowers, stickers, etc.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Rd.

Need an ambulance, but don’t require a 911 call?

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April 21, 2011

Trans-Care Ambulance Service is a new, locally owned “24/7 non-emergent medical transportation service,” that serves the entire Champlain Valley.

Non-emergent transport is simply a form of medical transportation provided in non-emergency situations to people who require special medical attention. Ambulances or other vehicles are used to get the patient from one location to another safely while offering medical support, rather than offer 911 emergency field treatment and rapid transport to an emergency facility.

A candidate for non-emergent medical transport is a medically stable patient, who needs “medical support .” For example, a resident of a nursing home who has just spent time in the hospital might need non-emergency transport to get back to the nursing home so that Emergency Medical Service personnel can monitor the patient’s condition and deal with any medical issues associated with the patient’s needs. Likewise, a chronically ill patient might need medical transport to get to scheduled doctors or rehabilitation appointments.
The patient is transported on a stretcher, and he or she is accompanied by at least two Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic (or higher). The vehicle has medical equipment and is inspected by the state’s EMS Department. The equipment is also utilized to monitor the patient during transport.

Trans-Care’s services are Medicare and Medicaid approved, and most insurance is accepted.

For more information, call (802) 288-1286.

Police Notes

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April 21, 2011

Counterfeit money

A Wal-Mart employee called police on April 12 to report a “suspicious twenty dollar bill,” according to police reports. Police investigation determined the bill was counterfeit and forwarded the case to the Secret Service.

Stalking

Bernard J. Miller, 29, of South Burlington was taken into custody on April 13 “for violating conditions of release and stalking,” according to police reports. He was taken to Chittenden County District Court, the report notes. No other information was released.

Theft

A man and woman stole more than $550 worth of groceries from Hannaford on April 15, according to police reports. Police were not able to apprehend them, the report notes.

Multiple charges

Jennifer M. Caplin, 31, of Montpelier was cited on a charge of driving under the influence-third offense on April 16, according to police reports. Her blood alcohol concentration was .086, the report notes. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. She was also cited on charges of “false reports to law enforcement authorities,” and driving with a suspended license-criminal, according to the report. She was cited to appear in court.

Driving with license suspended

• Nathan L. Robtoy, 23, of Richford was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on April 11, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court.
• Joshua M. Therrien, 27, of Burlington was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on April 12, according to police reports. No other information was released.
• Holly J. Russin, 27 of Hinesburg was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on April 14, according to police reports. No other information was released.
• Megan E. Dowsey, 33, of Eden, was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on April 16, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court.

Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department and the Vermont State Police. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sports Notes

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April 21, 2011

CVU SOFTBALL LOOKS TO HEAT UP

Hoping to get into the scoring column early and often under first year coach Sara Armstrong Donegan, the Champlain Valley Union softball team got zipped in their season opener, 17-0 to Mount Mansfield Union on April 14.

CVU’s Leah Leister collected two hits. The Redhawks generally put the ball in play, fanning five times against Cougars’ winning pitcher Emilie Moreau.

CVU travels to traditionally strong Missisquoi Valley Union Thursday. Then there will be home games Saturday against Rice Memorial (11 a.m.) and Tuesday against Vergennes (4:30 p.m.).

A LONG BREAK FOR 1-1 CVU GIRLS LACROSSE

When the Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team takes on the Hornets in a visit Tuesday to Essex, it will have been nearly two weeks since their last contest.

After being nipped 8-7 at home by Rutland on April 14, the 1-1 Redhawks have been idled by vacation week. And the Rutland game had been postponed from the previous day due to wet field conditions.

Coach Julie Sloan was disappointed at the lengthy break.

“It could cost us some momentum,” she said.

Sloan’s Redhawks opened the season with a rollicking 15-13 home field triumph over Mount Anthony (Bennington) before falling to Rutland by a whisker.

“We were down by three goals, but made it close at the end,” Sloan said of the Rutland game.

Devan Wilkins, Kate Raszka and Michaela Kiley bagged a pair of goals for the Hawks, and Maddie Litchfield had a singleton.

CVU netminder Mikaela Gobeille got in front of 12 Raider shots. For Rutland, Krissie Ryan made nine saves.

-Mal Borigh
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CVU boys lacrosse unleashes another offensive flurry in win

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April 21, 2011

Defending champs next for surging squad

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With three solid victories under its belt, the rollicking Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team will face a serious test Thursday with a visit to Essex to meet the defending champion Hornets at 3 p.m.

Essex, which topped the Redhawks in last year’s Division 1 title game, is 2-1. The Hornets’ latest victory was a 10-2 home decision on April 16 over BFA-St. Albans.

While the Hornets were popping the Bobwhites, the Redhawks were unleashing a 15-6 whipping on Spaulding at a windy and chilly Hinesburg nest.

The 15 goals hiked the explosive Hawks’ three-game total to 44 as their veteran offense continues to thrive by scoring early and often.

It took almost a minute before CVU had tucked away the first goal of the contest—Lawrence Dee scoring an unassisted tally—the first of four he would lodge to go with a pair of assists. It was the third time in three outings Dee scored within the opening minute of play, usually within the first 30 seconds.

Dee added two more first period goals while Nathaniel Wells and Justin Beaudry also countered for a 5-1 CVU advantage by the end of the quarter.

The teams scored only once in the second reel, so the Redhawks led 6-2 at the half. But action picked up after intermission as CVU hiked the lead to 14-5 by the start of the final reel, and coasted the rest of the way.

Taylor Gingras (also three assists), Wells and Jake Marston (three helpers) fired in a trio of goals apiece while Beaudry finished with a pair.

As the scoring parade rolled through, the defense also picked up the pace against a Spaulding team with several veterans back from last year’s unit that came within a point of the Redhawks in a regular season contest at CVU.

“We really came together today,” said co-captain and senior defense leader Ben Teasdale. “This was our best game. Guys from last year’s jayvees and others are stepping up.”
Teasdale recalled the 2010 Spaulding game in which speedy Crimson Tide forwards Cody and Tory Chouinard and others proved tough to handle despite the Redhawks’ ability to subdue them and win the playoff contest.

The Chouinards each scored a goal on April 16, but the gritty CVU defense allowed few open shots and netminder Eric Palmer made 15 stops. In the Spaulding cage, Matt Systo made 10 saves.

Miss Hockey goes above and beyond the ice

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April 21, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

It took 10 years, but Champlain Valley Union has its first Miss Vermont Hockey.
“This is awesome,” CVU junior Sophia Steinhoff said. “It kind of came as a shock. It was a nice surprise.”

Steinhoff, of Williston,  received the 10th award given annually by the Burlington Free Press. She succeeds Essex’s graduated star Julie Pearl, who won in 2010 and 2009.
In a 13-9 season during which they were eliminated from the Division 1 playoffs by top-seeded Spaulding in the semifinals, Steinhoff began the season at forward, but was switched to defense by coach Tom Ryan early in the campaign after injuries hit the Redhawks’ blue line.

No problem for the slick skater.

“I like defense,” she said, adding with a smile that it leads to more playing time.

For the season, Steinhoff scored 19 goals and drew nine assists, averaging better than a point per game.

Ryan and some opposing coaches called her the most skillful player in Division I.

This was Steinhoff’s second season at CVU. She helped the Redhawks reach the Division I championship game in 2010, where they lost to BFA-St. Albans.

Three seasons ago, Steinhoff attended the American Hockey Academy in Stowe, where, she said, “hockey comes first.”

She said her team played some 70 games in five months, calling it “an Ivy League type prep school for hockey.”

With hockey success behind and still ahead of her, Steinhoff, upon questioning, has advice for young girls about the sport.

“It is a hard sport to simply pick up,” she said, adding that she has been playing since she was 4-years-old. ‘You don’t just pick up hockey. You have to skate.”

Steinhoff, who also played lacrosse last year, went to California last month with teammates Mollie Howard and Alyx Rivard as part of the Vermont 802 under-19 team that made it to the U.S. Hockey national semifinals.

“We won three games and the two we lost were in overtime,” she said of the tournament in Anaheim.

So what about the future?

First of all, Steinhoff is looking ahead to the soccer season where the kicking Redhawks will be out to make big noise after last year’s top-seeded outfit fell in the quarterfinals despite a big edge in territorial play.

“I was part of an undefeated jayvee team two years ago and many of those players are still around,” she said.

As for college hockey after graduation, Steinhoff says she is keeping all of her options open, whether it is Division I, Division III, or a school with a club program.

Oh yes, Miss Hockey 2011 might also like to play some soccer.

CVU Sports Schedule

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April 21, 2011

BASEBALL
Thursday: at Missisquoi Valley Union, 4;30 p.m.
Saturday: RICE MEMORIAL, 11 a.m.
Tuesday: VERGENNES, 4;30 p.m,.

SOFTBALL
Thursday: at Missisquoi Valley Union, 4;30 p.m.
Saturday: RICE MEMORIAL, 11 a.m.
Tuesday: VERGENNES, 4;30 p.m,.

BOYS LACROSSE
Thursday: at Essex, 4 p.m.
Saturday: BFA-ST. ALBANS, 11 a.m.
Tuesday: MIDDLEBURY, 4 p.m.

GIRLS LACROSSE
Tuesday: at Essex, 4:30 p.m.
BOYS TENNIS
Monday: SOUTH BURLINGTON, 3:30 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS
Monday: at South Burlington, 3:30 p.m.

TRACK AND FIELD
No scheduled meets

HOME EVENTS IN CAPS

CVU baseball gets off on the right foot

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April 21, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

A solid opening day victory over a highly regarded foe can unleash a sense of optimism toward the new season.

And the Champlain Valley Union baseball team did just that, defeating a strong Mount Mansfield Union team, 6-4, on April 15.

CVU now looks ahead to three games in six days.

The season’s second outing is Thursday, a trip to Missisquoi Valley Union (4:30 p.m.) in Swanton. The Redhawks will then be on the home diamond Saturday (11 a.m.) to meet a formidable Rice Memorial squad and on Tuesday when Vergennes rolls into Hinesburg for a 4:30 p.m. tilt.

When Mount Mansfield squared off with CVU on a sunny but chilly afternoon, the odds seemed stacked in the favor of the veteran visiting Cougars, who were coming off a 14-4 season and with senior righty Sam Spencer on the hill. Spencer threw a no-hitter against the Hawks last spring.

The possibility of another gem by Spencer quickly went by the boards when CVU’s second batter, junior shortstop Tucker Kohlash, lined a shot down the third base line. Cougar third baseman Jeff Sutherland made a nifty lunging backhand stop but had no play at first.

The Redhawks’ Drew Nick then got to second when his fly to the outfield was dropped, putting two runners in scoring position with only one out.

Up to the plate strolled sophomore Davis Mikell for his first varsity at-bat. Apparently free of rookie jitters, the husky Mikell lined a 1-1 pitch into centerfield to drive home Kohlasch and Nick. Mikell went to second when pitcher Curt Echo reached on an infield error. He then scored on Kirk Fontana’s RBI single to right.

Given an early lead, Echo was solid on the hill for the Redhawks.

After working through some wildness in the first inning, the junior right-hander took a no-hit shutout into the fourth and whiffed eight before leaving with two outs in the fifth after Spencer’s two-run homer slashed CVU’s lead to 4-3.

Echo showed a combination of pitches that included added heat to his fastball and an ability to paint the corners of the plate with speed and curve.

“(Echo) has worked hard and it has paid off,” CVU pitching coach Onnie Matthews. “He is just going to get better.”

The Cougars got their first run, unearned, in the fourth when Grant McKinstrie lined a single to right to score Sutherland, who had reached on an infield error and stolen second.

CVU got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Tim Jones got a triple on a high fly that was misjudged in the outfield, which drove home Jeff Badger, who earlier singled with two out.

After Spencer’s round tripper in the top of the fifth, CVU coach Tim Albertson brought Nick to the mound. Nick’s former American Legion teammate, MMU’s Shayne DeLabruere, unloaded a circuit clout over the fence in right that tied the score.

MMU coach Brian Chandler relieved Spencer with lefty T.J. Wesson to start the bottom of the fifth and Nick greeted the southpaw with a double. Two wild pitches later, Nick was home and CVU had a 5-4 lead it would not relinquish.

The Hawks added another tally in the sixth on a series of walks, hit batsmen, errors and an infield hit by Tim Jones.