July 23, 2019

PHOTOS: Emerald ash borer

Experts expect the emerald ash borer to arrive in Vermont in the next several years, devastating the state’s ash trees.

Experts expect the emerald ash borer to arrive in Vermont in the next several years, devastating the state’s ash trees.

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PHOTOS: Lax trail work


Members of the Williston-Richmond Rotary Club joined forces with members of the UVM lacrosse team on a chilly Saturday in October to complete the trail connecting Mud Pond Park and Five Tree Hill Park. When finished, the project will be able to accommodate hikers, snow-shoers and skiers and still allow access by snowmobile.

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PHOTOS: Turkey drop off

The Williston Community Food Shelf collected 260 turkeys on Nov. 22 during its annual turkey drive. New England Federal Credit Union donated 50 turkeys. The fire department had a truck outside the fire house that collected 52 turkeys. The food shelf has given out 110 turkeys and expects to give out 25-30 more before Thanksgiving. ‘Our Turkey Drive has netted enough turkey for everyone’s Thanksgiving meal and probably enough turkeys for everyone to get one for their Christmas dinner,’ said Turkey Day organizer Ginger Morton, pictured below. Food shelf volunteers are also sharing the community’s generosity and bringing 35 turkeys to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.


Ginger Morton

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POPCORN: “Dumb and Dumber To” It Sure Is


2.5 popcorns

“Dumb and Dumber To”

It Sure Is

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


It takes some pretty smart writing to make the title characters appear as stupid as they are in “Dumb and Dumber To.” There is wit in the Farrelly Brothers’ reprise to their 1994 imbecility, an explorative zeal and talent for delving far more dopily into ignorance than any farce has dared to stumble. It’s almost as difficult and accomplished a task for us intelligent folk to shed our self-respect for 110 minutes and enjoy the guilty thrill of laughing aloud at the goofiness purveyed. [Read more…]

Recipe Corner: Holiday Beverages

By Ginger Isham

Holiday beverages
(easy recipes from old and new cookbooks on my shelf)

Apple-Cranberry Fizz
2 cups apple juice
1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup carbonated water
slices of lemon or lime
Chill the apple juice and cranberry juice. When ready to serve add carbonated water and serve with a slice of lemon or lime. Can double the recipe.
Spiced Hot Tea
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups boiling water
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 whole cloves (or powdered cloves)
5 small tea bags (orange pekoe blend)
Dissolve sugar in 1/2 cup in boiling water, add juices and spices. Pour rest of hot water over tea bags and steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add fruit syrup to tea. Serve immediately. [Read more…]

‘Mild’ control of systolic blood pressure in older adults is adequate

150 is good enough
By David Stauth
A broad review of the use of medications to reduce blood pressure says that “mild” control of systolic pressure is adequate for adults age 65 or older—in the elderly, there’s no clear benefit to more aggressive use of medications to achieve a lower pressure.
Historically, most medical practitioners tried to achieve control of systolic pressure—the higher of the two blood pressure readings—to 140 or less. Recently changed guidelines now say that for adults over 60, keeping the systolic pressure at 150 or less is adequate. [Read more…]

Free and low-cost legal services that help seniors in need

Savvy Senior
By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can seniors turn to for free or low-cost legal help? My husband and I need some professional legal assistance but don’t have a lot of money to pay a high priced lawyer. What can you tell us?
—Seniors in Need

Dear Seniors,
There are actually a number of free and low-cost legal resources available today to help seniors, but what’s available to you and your husband will depend on where you live, the type of legal assistance you need and your financial situation. Here are several resources to check into. [Read more…]


With a love for young children and a yearning to live in Vermont, Amy Wise arrived in Burlington in the spring of 1979 with a sleeping bag, a college degree and her welcoming smile. She quickly immersed herself in the community, and 35 years later, she leaves us a legacy of caring for Vermont’s children, its natural resources, and its many people less fortunate. Amy Warburton Wise, 58, died unexpectedly at her home in Williston on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. She was born Sept. 11, 1956, in Butler, Pa., the daughter of newspaper owner John Laing Wise Jr. and Eleanor (Green) Wise. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1978, and a [Read more…]

HANDS reaches out to older adults on Christmas

Observer staff report
The free 10th Annual Holiday Dinner for Seniors will be held on Christmas Day from noon to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 925 North Ave. in Burlington.
In collaboration with the Burlington School Food Project, CVAA, Temple Sinai and the Elks Lodge, HANDS (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors) will provide both a delivered meal and a sit-down dinner again this year on Christmas Day.
“We’re happy to be combining our efforts with the Elks Lodge again this year so we’ll have the sit-down buffet dinner there,” said HANDS Director Megan Humphrey. “We also know that some people would rather have a meal delivered to their home and we’ll provide that, too,” she said. [Read more…]

Nine from CVU gain field hockey honors

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Division 1 runner-up Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team has nine members on Metro A league teams, with two making the Burlington Free Press All-State first team.
The All-State selections are forward Lily Schmoker and defender Kathryn Asch.
Midfielder Sami Harvey made All-State second team, while an honorable mention went to defender Katherine King.
Harvey, King and Schmoker were first team All-Metro as selected by coaches. Asch and forwards Kate Burke, Kate Machavern and Lydia Maitland are second team selections.
Goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood and defender Katherine Scotnicki were given honorable mentions.
Kathleen Young of Division champ Essex High was named Player of the Year, while her coach Heather Garrow is the Metro coach of the year.