February 9, 2016

PHOTOS: CVU girls lacrosse

April 14, 2011

Courtesy photos by Thomas Spencer

The Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse varsity and junior varsity teams earned victories over Mount Abraham on April 9.

PHOTOS: CVU boys lacrosse

April 14, 2011

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

The Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse squad exploded for a 17-8 victory over Woodstock on April 12.


April 14, 2011

The listings below are a small sample of needs from more than 200 agencies, available by going online to www.unitedwaycc.org and clicking on “Volunteer.” If you do not have computer access, or would like more information about the volunteer opportunities, call 860-1677 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Greater Burlington YMCA – “Healthy Kids Day,” encourages families to play more, make nutritious food choices, and build stronger family connection. Help with setup, activities and cleanup. April 16, four-hour shifts.

Friends of the Horticulture Farm Perennial Garden Wake Up and Maintenance – Help the Curator tidy up the garden collection by weeding, dividing and staking perennials. April 23 and May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and July 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., up to 10 volunteers per day. Volunteers can take home a perennial plant.

Women Helping Battered Women – Annual “Zumbathon” fundraiser needs volunteers to setup and clean up. Prizes, snacks, and fun, April 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) – The COTS Walk, a major fundraiser, needs volunteers to serve as crossing guards and to help with refreshments, hospitality and more. May 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

YWCA of Vermont – Help open YWCA Camp Hochelaga in South Hero. Projects include painting, grounds cleanup, putting up tents, general repairs, etc. May 5, 6 and 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., about 30 volunteers each day.

Lund Family Center – Spend Mother’s Day volunteering with or honoring your mom at the 3rd annual bike ride. Volunteers are needed for setup on May 7 and for registration, course monitors, parking, lead and trailing bikers, on May 8. May 7, noon to 4 p.m.; May 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Champlain International – The LCI Walleye Run, a run, walk and kids’ fun run event on Mallets Bay, needs volunteers to help with registration, course directing, parking, refreshments, etc. May 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Sara Holbrook Community Center needs volunteers to work with kids and teens. Teen Program aides work with youth in grades 6 to 12 at two “drop-in” sites (Sara Holbrook, evenings, and New North End Youth Center, afternoons). Play pool, foosball, and other games. Outdoor enthusiasts needed to join middle-school youth for mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, rafting and more. Must be 18-years-old and able to swim. Weekday afternoons and evenings. Summer camp assistants will swim, run, build sand castles, and go on field trips in a program for elementary school children. Weekday schedules.

Volunteers for the New Arrivals summer program for immigrant and refugee children work one-on-one with children, chaperone field trips and help teachers. Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interview and background check required for all positions.


American Cancer Society’s “Road to Recovery” needs a volunteer to coordinate the transportation program that provides cancer patients with rides to treatment sites. Volunteer receives transportation requests, assigns volunteers, keeps records, and reports problems to staff. Two to four hours per week, orientation and training provided.


Chittenden Community Action is looking for volunteers to post flyers on assigned routes in Burlington, Essex Junction and Winooski on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Flexible scheduling.


Puppets in Education invites volunteers to become part of a statewide educational puppet troupe that reaches children in an innovative way and teaches them to appreciate each other’s differences. Puppet training provided. Hours are flexible: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday schedules.


Burlington Police Department needs volunteers to support citizens impacted by party and social noise by making follow-up phone calls to provide information about community resources and services. A Parallel Justice Volunteer is also needed to collaborate with an existing volunteer to provide clerical and data collection to support follow up phone calls preparation, and help those impacted by crimes such as burglary, vandalism, assault, etc. Orientation and training provided. Background check required for both positions.


Special Services Transportation Agency is seeking volunteer drivers to transport elders to and from medical appointments outside of Chittenden County using their own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement provided. Background check; clean driving record, and up to date insurance required.

This Week’s Popcorn – “Win Win”

Victory for the common man

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger
Special to the Observer

Following a thoroughly enjoyable viewing of director Thomas McCarthy’s “Win Win,” I’ve decided that after the health of my family, world peace and a Ferrari, I’ll ask the genie to please let Paul Giamatti perennially regale us with his portrayals of middle class heroes. His struggling lawyer by day, high school wrestling coach by night, is an inspiration.

Uplifting without the usual Hollywood punctuation to cue us when to exult and when to anguish, this modest production, also written by McCarthy, sings a paean to humanity. A fine cast of familiar types welcomes us in to the fold. And while it makes no promises, it is soon apparent that, if nothing else, there will be fierce honesty.

First of all, whereas films rarely encumber audiences with the day-to-day tribulations that comprise our lives, here, it is practically the centerpiece. Meet New Providence, New Jersey’s Mike Flaherty, an attorney whose real talent is giving folks a hand. Some might call him a schnook for it. But it’s who he is, and as usual the cash flow isn’t very good.

In the evenings, to make pin money and perhaps exercise a passion unfulfilled by the daily grind, the human comedy only continues. His wrestlers are a mediocre bunch of slackers who hardly listen to exhortations he himself has come to believe less and less. Giamatti fills Mike’s face with something you might remember seeing in your parents.

In other words, he is ripe for a lottery win or a grand epiphany. But, as this screenplay is determinedly realistic, while waiting for his boat to come in Mike is going to have to settle for a more bromidic consolation. Like forgetting his woes by helping someone with bigger troubles; bingo, he shows up, not on his, but on a client’s doorstep.

Kyle, superbly portrayed by newcomer Alex Shaffer, is a runaway from Ohio. The white-haired teen is looking for his grandfather, Leo Poplar (Burt Young), an old gent struck by early stage Alzheimer’s who Mike has been representing. But there’s more to it than that. Factor the words desperation and ethical conundrum into the plot equation.

The interesting news is Kyle, who wants absolutely nothing to do with his dope-addicted mom (Melanie Lynskey), is a heck of a wrestler. However, a whole bunch of buts and ifs stands in the way of this disclosure proving beneficial to anyone. While that’s being decided, the Flahertys offer temporary aid to the troubled teen.

You’ll get scarcely more details here. But rest assured that while the scenario is not unfamiliar, McCarthy smartly avoids the usual clichés. Rather, he allows his character-driven script to wander this way and that, and relate a touching tale in the process. Mike’s motley pals and colleagues interact to supply both suspense and comedy.

Heading the list of supporting performances, Bobby Cannavale adds a whimsically telling perspective as Terry Delfino, Mike’s best friend since high school. Well-heeled, albeit compromised by a crushing divorce, he is nonetheless the perpetual youngster. As charged up by Kyle’s wrestling prowess as Mike is, he wants to share in the kid’s glory.

On the home front, her motherly instincts appalled by the idea of a young boy separated from his natural mom, Amy Ryan is sweetly warmhearted as Mike’s wife, Jackie. The thing is, she already has two of her own kids to raise. But OK, it’s all right if he sleeps in the basement … only until his mother gets out of rehab and comes to fetch him.

Illustrating by his hangdog example another angle of the emotional landscape is Jeffrey Tambor as Stephen Vigman, the deadpan CPA who co-habits the house where counselor Flaherty makes his office. Oh, he’s also the coach’s assistant by night. But more important is what this gaggle of chums, relatives and hangers-on represent.

Though the largest common denominator in the world, rarely is it highlighted in American films the way it is in “Win Win.” I speak of the struggle to make a living. Occupation is generally an identifier of class, but infrequently connected with the shekels needed to order pizza for the brood (working two jobs, there’s no time to cook).

Here, a stiff upper lift attempts to trump the furrows in Giamatti’s middle-aged forehead – a ploy conjured to stave off anxiety in those who depend on him. Only his canniness, strength and determination separate them from the mastodons, saber-toothed tigers and natural disasters that threaten just outside the cave.

Add to these observations a savvy thesis about the moral quandary Mike gets himself into whilst grappling for survival, and you have an artistic representation of what it takes to rise above the quiet desperation that typifies most men’s lives. Successfully celebrating how we regularly fight the good fight, “Win Win” scores a motion picture triumph.

“Win Win,” rated R, is a Fox Searchlight Pictures release directed by Thomas McCarthy and stars Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer and Bobby Cannavale. Running time: 106 minutes

WCS’s Rossier accepts new position

April 14, 2011

Williston Central School teacher Kathy Rossier is going to become a Math Interventionist at the school beginning this fall. Rossier, who now teaches grades five to eight, wrote in an e-mail to parents and guardians last week that she is “excited for this opportunity to help develop and implement this new program at (the) school.”

Rossier went on to write that the staff, students, and parents of Full House have been a part of her family for 12 years and that she will miss her students.

Everyday Gourmet

Devil may care

April 14, 2011

By Kim Dannies

It’s spring — time for shenanigans, reckless cooking, and general revelry. Egg-themed-everything is in the celebratory air, so why not make a feast out of the little devils? Go ahead! Abandon traditional deviled eggs and that high-cholesterol filling, and go wild with some new and intense combinations of savory temptation.

Filling choices are limitless: tuna, mayo, and capers topped with minced red onion; pulled pork and BBQ sauce topped with shredded cabbage; guacamole, chopped tomato, and bacon bits; tarragon shrimp salad; hummus, fried onions, and sesame seeds; almond butter & jam dollops; chopped smoked salmon and yolk, with crème fraiche and dill.
OK, OK. I’ll play the devil’s advocate and vote to keep the classic fix, but how about we shake things up a bit and add spicy horseradish and lots of hot paprika to the mix?

Angel Eggs

For perfectly well behaved hard-boiled eggs, consider using organic (they taste better). Eggs should be one to two weeks old. Gently place a couple dozen eggs in a large pot and cover with lots of cold water. Add 2 teaspoons of salt, cover the pot, and bring to a boil. You don’t need to boil the water hard to cook the eggs – the trick is to let the water come to a full boil, and then move the pot to a cool burner. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the pot and cover it (vinegar will make the eggs easier to peel). Set a timer for 30 minutes, and let the eggs sit.

Next, drain the eggs and cool in ice water for 20 minutes. This prevents the greenish ring from forming around the yolk. The green hue is the chemical reaction of iron in the egg yolk with sulfur from the egg white; these combine to make green-gray ferrous sulfide and the resulting smelly “rotten eggs” hydrogen sulfide gas. Gently crack each egg and set it back into the water. When the eggs are all cracked, remove the shells. Rinse eggs and rest them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before slicing into halves with a clean edge knife. Remove yolks and fill the egg with desired ingredients.

Kim Dannies is a graduate of La Varenne Cooking School in France. She lives in Williston with her husband, Jeff; they have three college-aged daughters who come and go. For archived Everyday Gourmet columns go to kimdannies.com.

Williston Police promote career development

April 14, 2011

Williston Police Chief Roy A. Nelson announced the department’s continuing effort to establish a structured career development program where members of the department can participate and prepare themselves to successfully perform assigned duties as well as meet new challenges.

Recently, Officer Justin Huizenga was assigned to attend a “First Line Supervision” training course. The Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, recognized Officer Huizenga on April 1 for the successful completion of the “Command Training Series: First Line Supervision Course,” a two-week comprehensive training program.

Coursework addressed contemporary concepts of management and leadership relevant to the responsibilities of first line supervisors in a modern criminal justice agency. The program, presented by experienced academics and law enforcement practitioners between March 21 and April 1, discussed topics including operational leadership and management principles, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal communications, labor relations, disciplinary issues, and ethical decision-making.
Graduates of this program represented police departments from throughout the New England states.

Further, the department recently sent two officers to obtain their certification as “Instructors” for issues involving the application of police batons, handcuffing, and O.C. spray. The department has been without an active instructor since May 2010.

Officers William Charbonneau and Karie Tucker will fill this void and have the responsibility of creating and providing lesson plans covering areas such as legal aspects of police use of force, baton deployment and purpose, justification, handcuffing passive and resistant suspects, application of O.C. spray, decontamination procedures, and documentation/tracking use of force, and policy review.

Training for Officers Charbonneau and Tucker was sponsored by the Meriden (Conn.) Police Department. Staff administered academic and practical skills from KFD Training and Consultation led by (Ret) Lt. Kevin Dillon, an internationally recognized trainer.
Chief Nelson acknowledges the members of the department for their concerted efforts in conducting investigations involving the distribution of illegal drugs because much of the educational expenses were offset through confiscated drug asset funds.

Police Notes

April 14, 2011

Careless and negligent

Michael J. Prescott, 46, of Essex Junction was cited on charges of careless and negligent driving and driving with a suspended license-criminal on April 9, according to police reports.

According to “stationary radar” used by police, Prescott was found to be travelling into Williston on the wrong side of Vermont Route 2A from Essex Junction at 75 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to the report.

On April 11, Prescott was cited again on a charge of driving with a suspended license, according to the report. He was cited to appear in court on June 6.

Driving under the influence

Timothy P. Miller, 52, of Hinesburg was cited on a charge of driving under the influence on April 6, according to police reports. Miller is on “probation for life” due to a conviction for second degree murder, according to the report. His blood alcohol concentration was .140, the report notes. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. He was cited to appear in court on April 26.

Driving with suspended license

Tina M. Francis, 31, of South Burlington was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license on April 6, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court on June 6.


Christopher Harvey, 41, of St. Johnsbury was taken into custody on April 6 on a warrant from Lamoille County, according to police reports. He was “transported to Chittenden Court and released to the Sheriff’s Officer,” the report notes.

Stolen change

There have been several cases recently in which unlocked cars in Williston have been entered and change taken, according to police reports. Residents are reminded to keep car doors locked.

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.

CVU Sports Schedule

April 14, 2011

Friday: MOUNT MANSFIELD, 4:30 p.m.

Friday: MOUNT MANSFIELD, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: SOUTH BURLINGTON, 4 p.m.
Saturday: SPAULDING, 11 a.m.

No games scheduled

Thursday: ESSEX, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday: at Essex, 3:30 p.m.

No meets scheduled


Sports Notes

April 14, 2011


The Champlain Valley Union tennis teams will tangle for a second time this season with Essex on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) before taking more than a week off for spring break.
The boys and girls teams hope to repeat earlier wins when the boys play host to the Hornets at the Shelburne courts and the girls travel to the Junction.

Both teams hiked their records to 3-0 Tuesday with victories over Mount Mansfield Union.

Playing at home, the boys rolled up a 6-1 triumph with Will Hall, Liam Kelley, Henri St. Pierre and Brad Barth winning in singles to go with doubles thumbs-uppers by the duos of Tyler Murphy-Joey O’Brien and Josh Huber-Tristan Arthoud.

The girls, on the road at Mount Mansfield, earned a 7-0 triumph. Andrea Joseph, Emily Polhemus, Claire Stoner, Megan Henson and Leah Epstein won their singles matches. Laura Andrews-Samone Schneider and Becca Daniels-Taylor Kingston were the winning doubles teams.


The Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team celebrates during its victory over Mount Abraham on April 9. (Courtesy photo by Thomas Spencer)

During last spring’s three-win season, coach Julie Sloan’s Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team knocked off some of the leading powers in the division.

On April 2, the new edition of Redhawks unloaded 15 goals on southern power Mount Anthony Union (0-2) in cranking out a 15-13 triumph in the season opener at the Hinesburg lax layout.

Heading up the CVU point poppers were Amanda Kinneston with six tallies and Michaela Kiley with five plus a pair of helpers.

Also finding the net were Brenna Gorman (twice) along with Devan Wilkins and Kate Raszca.

Mikaela Gobeille had a busy time in the CVU goal, making 20 stops.

The Hawks hoped to keep up the scoring activity Wednesday (press time) when Rutland rolled into the CVU nest for another north-south confrontation.