July 20, 2018

PHOTOS: CVU Girls and Boys Soccer

Audrey Allegreta keeps control of the ball during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against Spaulding High, which the Redhawks won 5-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Audrey Allegreta keeps control of the ball during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against Spaulding High, which the Redhawks won 5-0. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTO: Birth Tree Celebration

 

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Parents and siblings of seven new Williston infants met on Sept. 21 for a Birth Tree Celebration organized by Sustainable Williston, where participating families picked up the free tree or shrub they chose, donated by Gardener’s Supply in Williston. Each tree had a bronze tag with the new child’s name and the families also received wildflower seeds from Vermont Wildflower Farm and a coupon for a free bag of compost from Green Mountain Compost. Every Williston family with a newborn or newly adopted child is eligible to participate. Sustainable Williston plans to reach out to all eligible families for the 2015 program over the coming months. Children born after the 2014 deadline, Aug. 28, would be eligible for the 2015 program. (Observer courtesy photo)

PHOTOS: CVU Field Hockey vs South Burlington

CVU forward Lily Schmoker stays focused during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against South Burlington. Schmoker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU forward Lily Schmoker stays focused during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against South Burlington. Schmoker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 contest. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Chowder Challenge

 

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Nearly 700 chowder tasters turned out for the Williston Chowder Challenge on the village green Sunday, trying the offerings of 18 contestants and voting for their favorites. The fourth annual event was a fundraiser for the Williston Community Food Shelf and the Williston Police Officers’ Association. (Observer courtesy photos)

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POPCORN: “The Drop” Tells a Low-Down Tale

 

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“The Drop”

Tells a Low-Down Tale

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Observer correspondent

 

Seething is the word that comes to mind as writer Dennis Lehane’s “The Drop,” about very bad doings in the underbelly of contemporary Brooklyn, unfolds. It seethes with ill will. But what makes it even more disquieting is that, lounging at Cousin Marv’s neighborhood bar, you mightn’t know at first blush what illicit things happen here. You wonder, perhaps having an innocent pint or two, how often you’ve unwittingly sat amongst those involved in the most perfidious of pursuits. Cousin Marv’s, you see, run by James Gandolfini’s Marv, is a drop joint. [Read more…]

Savvy Senior: How to find the best reach and grab tool

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What kinds of reacher grabber tools can you recommend for seniors who need help picking things up off the ground? I bought a cheap one at Walmart a few months ago that doesn’t work very well for me and would like to find one that does.
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Recipe Corner: Main dish and dessert

By Ginger Isham

Thursday’s dinner at our house was a new recipe and an old dessert, plus a green salad and buttermilk biscuits. I have been making a new recipe every week for some time now. Ninety percent of the time, a new recipe is OK’d by the men of the house.

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1 package linguine (16 ounces)
2 cups julienned cooked ham (use low fat, low sodium)
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups frozen peas
1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup half and half (I added 1/2 cup)
1 small can chopped black olives (optional)
Cook linguine according to directions, drain and keep hot. Saute ham strips in butter for 3 minutes or until little crisp. Here, I used part turkey pepperoni as I did not have enough ham. Add peas and cook for 3-5 minutes. Stir in chopped black olives. Stir ham mixture, cheese and half and half into linguine. Serve. Another time I might add a little chopped onion, garlic and /or grated carrots and sauté with the ham. [Read more…]

CVU soccer girls on road for three games

 

Audrey Allegreta keeps control of the ball during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against Spaulding High, which the Redhawks won 5-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Audrey Allegreta keeps control of the ball during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against Spaulding High, which the Redhawks won 5-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Having captured five of their six early season victories on the friendly grass in the Hinesburg hills, coach Stan Williams and his undefeated defending champion Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team opened a three-game stretch of away contests Wednesday afternoon (after the Observer’s press deadline) at Burlington High. [Read more…]

CVU boys soccer team at once-beaten St. J Friday

oe Parento boxes out his Spaulding opponent during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

oe Parento boxes out his Spaulding opponent during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With the schedule getting into mid-season tough, the Champlain Union High boys soccer team heads for St. Johnsbury Academy Friday and its only scheduled meeting with the usually stubborn Hilltoppers.
St. Johnsbury took a 5-1 record into this week, its lone loss a 3-0 blanking at South Burlington High Friday. [Read more…]

CVU harriers off to Granite State Saturday

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With tasty results from near-to-home cooking last Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will be hitting the big slab of I-89 (and I-93) this Saturday for a regional invitational competition in Manchester, N.H
The Redhawks made their first Vermont appearance in two weeks a good one at Hard’ack last weekend, as the girls won their division while the boys finished a close second to victorious Essex High.
The Redhawks’ Sophia Gorman sped to a 15-second win over runner-up Emma Farrington of the Hornets. Gorman posted a time of 19 minutes and 54.9 seconds. [Read more…]