September 21, 2014

PHOTOS: Rising Tide protest

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Opponents of the planned natural gas pipeline held a protest at the Vermont Gas staging area in Williston Wednesday morning. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Opponents of the planned natural gas pipeline held a protest at the Vermont Gas staging area in Williston Wednesday morning. (Observer photos by Stephanie Choate)

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Protestors sit in the driveway of the Vermont Gas staging area, blocking trucks from entering or exiting.

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PHOTOS: Plant a Row garden

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Sue Stanne (left) and June Jones harvest zucchini from the Plant a Row plot in the Williston Community Garden. Produce from the garden goes to the Williston Community Food Shelf. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Sue Stanne (left) and June Jones harvest zucchini from the Plant a Row plot in the Williston Community Garden. Produce from the garden goes to the Williston Community Food Shelf. (Observer photos by Stephanie Choate)

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POPCORN: Sex Tape, Risqué Behavior

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“Sex Tape”

Risqué Behavior

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

Jake Kasdan’s “Sex Tape” accomplishes a curious thing. It’s the near surreptitious merging of traditional romantic farce with the new screwball raunchiness that’s body-snatched the American film comedy in recent years. While the prim and proper are sure to be abashed by the complications engendered when a thirty something couple’s tape of their marathon lovemaking goes viral, the jaded may be wont to wonder: When did such risqué behavior become commonplace in essentially mainstream cinema? [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Vegetable Dishes

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By Ginger Isham

It’s wonderful to have Scratch ‘N’ Earth Farm so close by. When in need of a veggie, I can go next door. A recent need for summer squash for a recipe was filled from their stand.

Golden Squash, Pepper and Tomato Gratin

3 tablespoons oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 yellow summer squash, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
1 red pepper, coarsely chopped
pinch of salt
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound of tomatoes, thick sliced
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (or plain crumbs)
Cook onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons oil until tender. Add squash, red pepper and dash of salt and cook 7-10 minutes until tender, stir often. Stir in basil and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Place this mixture in an 11×7-inch baking dish. Top with sliced tomatoes, add sprinkle of salt, breadcrumbs and rest of cheese. Drizzle last tablespoon oil over this. Bake in 375-degree oven for about 20 minutes until heated well and topping is crisp. [Read more...]

Police Notes

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Careless and negligent
Marilyn Steinberg Palef, 64, of Montreal was cited by Richmond police on July 27 on a charge of careless and negligent operation of a vehicle after motorists reported that her vehicle was “operating erratically” on Interstate 89 in Williston, according to police reports. Police followed the vehicle at close distance for about 5 minutes, during which time they observed Palef swerving outside of her lane 18 times, the report notes. She was cited to appear in court on Aug. 19. [Read more...]

Summer skincare tips

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By Dr. David Lipschitz

Much research has been done on the prevention of wrinkling. I am always impressed by my wife’s beautiful, wrinkle-free skin. She is compulsive about sunscreen, always wears a hat and has never smoked. I thought her skin was the most beautiful I had ever seen (I am biased) until I met a female dermatologist whose skin, even more perfect than my wife’s, is blemish- and wrinkle-free. I asked her how she does it and what advice she would give all those women and, these days, men who wish to have perfect skin. Her recommendations were: [Read more...]

Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers eye care

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By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What does Medicare cover when it comes to eye care? I currently have good vision insurance through my employer, but will lose it when I retire.
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Outlaws top seed in league’s season-closing tournament

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

While The Vermont Outlaws (under age 17) had a rare tough last seven days, coach Tim Albertson’s squad nevertheless snared top seed with its 6-3 league record in the season-closing tournament this weekend in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
The Outlaws will open play Saturday morning against either the fourth-seeded Colchester Junior Cannons or fifth-seeded OEC (Orleans-Essex-Caledonia), who meet Friday in an opening round.
The Outlaws, coming off a 2-5 week, take a 17-19-1 season mark into the event which goes through Sunday.
Last Saturday and Sunday, the Outlaws were in a tournament in Ottawa, Ont. where they captured one victory in four contests, beating Central New York 18-8 Saturday afternoon.

Vermonter at Large: Basketball in the summer?

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By Mal Boright

Some thoughts managed to find their way through a thick Vermonter’s skull during last weekend’s trip to the Vermont-New Hampshire Twin-State basketball contests featuring graduated senior stars in Keene, N.H.

The unannounced gathering of 100 or so fans and general lack of significant interest by the news media in the two states leads one to wonder if these games would have more relevance if played in March after the state championships in Vermont and New Hampshire. [Read more...]

Honors for ex-CVU gridder Matt Long

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Matt Long was recently awarded a plaque as an inductee into the 2014 class of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.
The award requires outstanding skills on the gridiron but also brains in the classrooms. A recipient must have at least a 3.2 grade average for his entire college time. [Read more...]