September 21, 2018

PHOTOS: CVU Field Hockey vs. Rutland High

 

 

Redhawk senior Lily Schmoker drives the ball down the field during Tuesday's semifinal game against Rutland High. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Redhawk senior Lily Schmoker drives the ball down the field during Tuesday’s semifinal game against Rutland High. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU Girls Soccer vs. Colchester

The Redhawks celebrate during their semifinal game against Colchester, which they won 3-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

The Redhawks celebrate during their semifinal game against Colchester, which they won 3-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: “Once Upon A Mattress”

Champlain Valley Union High theater students performed 'Once Upon A Mattress' last weekend to packed houses. Above, junior Max Chlumecky, as Prince Dauntless, plays out a scene with freshman Anna Cornish, who plays his mother, Queen Aggravain. (Observer photos by Sylvie Vidrine)

Champlain Valley Union High theater students performed ‘Once Upon A Mattress’ last weekend to packed houses. Above, junior Max Chlumecky, as Prince Dauntless, plays out a scene with freshman Anna Cornish, who plays his mother, Queen Aggravain. (Observer photos by Sylvie Vidrine)

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PHOTOS: Halloween Decorations and Pumpkin Carving

Halloween decorations light up the night in the Williston Historic Village. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Halloween decorations light up the night in the Williston Historic Village. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Haunted Forest

A volunteer performer puts on her creepiest look for the Haunted Forest, held last weekend at the cAtamount Outdoor FAmily Center. More than 400 vlunteers put on the annual event. (Observer photos by Kathleen Porter)

A volunteer performer puts on her creepiest look for the Haunted Forest, held last weekend at the cAtamount Outdoor FAmily Center. More than 400 vlunteers put on the annual event. (Observer photos by Kathleen Porter)

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POPCORN: “Fury” Proves the Term ‘Great War Movie’ is an Oxymoron

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“Fury” Proves the Term ‘Great War Movie’ is an Oxymoron

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

In the late 1960s, when it looked like I could wind up fighting in Vietnam, I imagined utter horrors of the sort director-writer David Ayers devastatingly delivers in his WWII opus, “Fury.” This is terrible stuff, an adrenalin-exploding, mind-boggling journey through the evil dreads mankind is capable of perpetrating. So unless you’re a military enthusiast or feel you need a reminder of why General William Tecumseh Sherman said “War is hell,” then it might be a good idea to skip this superbly crafted revulsion. [Read more…]

Drowsy driving: the forgotten impairment

By Dave Reville

AARP Vermont

Most drivers know drowsy driving is risky, yet too many still do it. Of course, we cannot always get enough sleep as easily as we can avoid alcohol and drugs, but we must try, because drowsiness can be every bit as dangerous. It causes more than 100,000 crashes nationally every year, killing more than 1,500 people and injuring at least 40,000 more. And those are conservative estimates, because drowsiness is so difficult to quantify and track. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research, 28 percent of motorists reported struggling to keep their eyes open while driving in the previous month, more than a third have fallen asleep behind the wheel at least once and more than one in 10 has done so in the past year.

Drivers who are most at risk are those who are sleep-deprived for a variety of reasons, such as parents of young children, young males, shift workers, commercial drivers and others who work long hours, those who suffer from sleep disorders or medical conditions that require sedating medication and anyone who must drive at night. These safety strategies can help. [Read more…]

Everyday Gourmet: Enoughness

By Kim Dannies

I recently dined at a restaurant where an old Basque saying “Nola jan jakitea, nahikoa jakitea da” graced the menu: “to know how to eat is to know enough.” I am smitten by that word, enough. I feel my belly and my head and my heart come together with a satisfied sigh of pleasure and relief every time I hear it. Enoughness. It’s that countless place of comfort where basic needs are more than met, where contentment with simple means and accomplishment allows us to experience the elegance of satisfaction. [Read more…]

Blue Cross hosts First Wednesday Wellness Flu Shot event

Observer staff report

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s First Wednesday Wellness for the month of November will take place on Nov. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. BCBSVT will host the free event at its Information and Wellness Center, located in the Blue Mall at 150 Dorset Street in South Burlington. [Read more…]

How Medicare covers outpatient mental health services

Dear Savvy Senior,

Does Medicare cover outpatient counseling or therapy sessions for seniors? Since retiring, my husband has really struggled with depression and needs to get some help. What can you tell us?

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