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.
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
1/2 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.”
April 24th, 2014
By Stephanie Choate
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.