December 22, 2014

PHOTOS: Spectrum Sleep Out

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Alex Montgomery (left) and Kennedy Desautels keep warm with hot beverages while participating in the Spectrum Sleep Out earlier this month at Allen Brook School. Students slept outside to experience what a night of hmelessness would be like, and to raise awareness of and funds for Spectrum Youth Services, which provides lodging and services for homeless young people.

Alex Montgomery (left) and Kennedy Desautels keep warm with hot beverages while participating in the Spectrum Sleep Out earlier this month at Allen Brook School. Students slept outside to experience what a night of homelessness would be like, and to raise awareness of and funds for Spectrum Youth Services, which provides lodging and services for homeless young people.

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Stories at the Space Place Cafe

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First- and second-grad students at Allen Brook School's Horizon House held a reading restaurant called the Space Place Cafe last week. The kids wore paper mache helmets and were waiters, waitresses, chefs and hosts. Parents ordered stories that the kids had written throughout the year. The event is intended to bring families together and celebrate student writing.

First- and second-grad students at Allen Brook School’s Horizon House held a reading restaurant called the Space Place Cafe last week. The kids wore paper mache helmets and were waiters, waitresses, chefs and hosts. Parents ordered stories that the kids had written throughout the year. The event is intended to bring families together and celebrate student writing.

 

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PHOTOS: Easter egg hunt and parade

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Williston firefighter and police dispatcher AJ Leclair (left) and his similarly equiped son, Colby, hang tight to their loot during the Williston-Richmond Rotary Club’s Easter Egg Hunt and Parade on Saturday.

Williston firefighter and police dispatcher AJ Leclair (left) and his similarly equiped son, Colby, hang tight to their loot during the Williston-Richmond Rotary Club’s Easter Egg Hunt and Parade on Saturday. Observer photos by Al Frey.

 

A family gets a photo with the Easter bunny.

A family gets a photo with the Easter bunny.

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Popcorn: “Draft Day” It’s a Coin Toss

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2 1/2 popcorns

April 24th, 2014

“Draft Day” It’s a Coin Toss
2 & ½ popcorns
By Michael S. Goldberger
Special to the Observer

Director Ivan Reitman’s “Draft Day” dramatically mirrors the changing, commercially charged face of sportsdom. Once upon a time, devotees were primarily concerned with their superstars’ skill and determination. I’ve always added a few points for uniform design: i.e. – the serious majesty of the Yankees’s NY, and those pinstripes; the colorful whimsy of two birds balancing at each end of a bat on the St. Louis Cardinals’s jersey.

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Recipe Corner: Isham Farm maple syrup recipes

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Isham Farm maple syrup recipes
Mother Nature has had her last fling and brings us another run of sap, for which we are grateful!
Though it has been a long, cold winter and sugaring started late we are reasonably happy. I have found more favorite maple recipes.

Maple Syrup Bars
1/2 cup sugar (I use 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal (regular or quick)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Cream sugar, maple syrup, egg, shortening and vanilla. Stir in rest of ingredients. Spread batter into a greased 9×9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. When cool, ice with a maple cream icing: beat together until creamy 1 and 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, 4 tablespoons soft butter and enough maple syrup to make spreading consistency.

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In Memoriam

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Joyce Marie Gauthier

Joyce Marie Gauthier

In loving memory of Joyce Marie Gauthier
2/21/31 – 4/22/13

It’s been a year since you left us, it seems like yesterday.
Mom you may be gone but your love lives on in all of us.
Thank you for always being the amazing mother to your children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Love always,
Susan, Mike, Linda, Jr, Raymond, Mark and David and families

Memorial service for Cathy Yandell
A memorial service for Cathy Yandell is set for Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Old Brick Church in Williston village.

Open to the public, an informal memorial service to honor and remember the life of Catherine C. Yandell. Reception to follow in the downstairs meeting room.

Young Writers Project: school garden

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Erin Anderson, A Vermont Community Garden Network intern, snapped this garden photo.

Erin Anderson, A Vermont Community Garden Network intern, snapped this garden photo.

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net). YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If you would like to donate to YWP, please go to youngwritersproject.org/support.

This week, we publish writing in response to prompt, School Gardens. More than 120 students responded to the School Garden Writing Challenge! All writers received a bundle of seeds for their gardens from the Vermont Community Garden Network. In the prompt, students were asked to write about their school gardens, write a persuasive essay about why their school should have a garden or write about a food celebration. You can read all submissions at youngwritersproject.org/garden.

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Spring cleaning: Efficiency Vermont shares tips for finding hidden energy wasters

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Spring is right around the corner. Soon, folks all over Vermont will set aside a day for an old-fashioned spring cleaning. According to Efficiency Vermont, your spring cleaning efforts could earn you some money – and not just the coins found under the couch cushions.
“I’m talking about finding the hidden places where you’re wasting your energy dollars,” says Bridget Ashe, Customer Support Manager at Efficiency Vermont. “They’re easy to find while you’re scouring your home for cob webs and dust bunnies. Many fixes are simple and the savings really add up. You just have to know where to look.”

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Green Up Day May 3

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Charlotte Green Up Day Coordinator John Quinney (left) and volunteer Walter Gundel, both of Charlotte, heave trash bags into the back of a truck. Many Charlotte residents spent part of Saturday collecting waste around the town as part of Green Up Day.

Charlotte Green Up Day Coordinator John Quinney (left) and volunteer Walter Gundel, both of Charlotte, heave trash bags into the back of a truck. Many Charlotte residents spent part of Saturday collecting waste around the town as part of Green Up Day.

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LIVING GREEN: Groups urge local residents to ‘look up, look out’ for emerald ash borer

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Local, state and national officials hope to get local residents involved in searching for signs of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest that is devastating ash tress. Ash is one of the most common types of tree, with an estimated 160 million in Vermont.

Local, state and national officials hope to get local residents involved in searching for signs of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest that is devastating ash tress. Ash is one of the most common types of tree, with an estimated 160 million in Vermont.

April 24th, 2014

By Stephanie Choate
Observer Staff

Williston Ash Walk Sunday, tagging Monday

A group of town, state and national organizations is hoping to mobilize locals to be on the looking for an invasive pest that could signal the deaths of thousands of Williston trees.
April 27 – May 3 marks Vermont’s Ash Tree Awareness Week, organized by a joint effort between University of Vermont Extension, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and local communities.
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