July 20, 2018

PHOTOS: CVU boys basketball vs. Mount Mansfield Union

Chris Reiss brings the ball down the court. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Chris Reiss brings the ball down the court. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU girls basketball vs. Rice

Sadie Otley stays in control during Friday’s game against Rice. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Sadie Otley stays in control during Friday’s game against Rice. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU boys hockey vs. Bellows Free Academy

CVU goalie Greg Talbert acrobatically blocks a shot during last week’s game against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans. The Redhawks bowed to BFA 4-1. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU goalie Greg Talbert acrobatically blocks a shot during last week’s game against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans. The Redhawks bowed to BFA 4-1. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Pajama drive

KinderStart students (from left) Ethan Juiffre, 3 of St. George, Mina Palmer, 3 of Williston and Karli Long, 5, of Williston display pajamas brought in for the Great Bed Time Story Pajama Drive.

KinderStart students (from left) Ethan Juiffre, 3 of St. George, Mina Palmer, 3 of Williston and Karli Long, 5, of Williston display pajamas brought in for the Great Bed Time Story Pajama Drive.

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PHOTOS: Williston disc golf course

Cole Bartlett tosses a disc at the basket after installing a course at Williston Community Park in late November. (Observer courtesy photo by Alex Pintair)

Cole Bartlett tosses a disc at the basket after installing a course at Williston Community Park in late November. (Observer courtesy photo by Alex Pintair)

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PHOTOS: Horizon House bake sale

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Horizon House students at Allen Brook School listen to State Police officers Chris Hunt and Adam Marchand with Operation Fire Cuffs, which collects donations for the Vermont Children’s Hospital. The students—who were studying economics and learning about goods, services, wants and needs— held a bake sale and voted to use the proceeds to purchase items to donate to the Vermont Children’s Hospital. The students held the bake sale Dec. 16, raising $527. All of the students had jobs, including roles as bakers, sellers, advertisers, presenters, shoppers and more. ‘We do this unit every two years and it always is very rewarding and a great success,’ said teacher Donna Powers.

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POPCORN: “Exodus: Gods and Kings” And Frogs, too

2 1/2 popcorns

2 1/2 popcorns

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” And Frogs, too

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

Filmgoers expecting some world-changing revelation from Ridley Scott’s retelling of how Moses led the Israelites out of bondage will probably be disappointed by “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” Save for the usual dabs of poetic license that no iconic saga can escape when given the epic movie treatment, it is apparent that the director’s chief impetuses are tradition and responsibility. As such, combined with the best special effects we mortals can conjure some 34 centuries after the real miracles were to have taken place, he is largely successful. [Read more…]

Recipe Corner: Our family has gone to the dogs

By Ginger Isham

Every time we have a family gathering during the holidays, the mini-dogs and meatballs are the first dishes to empty out. These recipes are for the young and the old. A week or two ago, I could not find the mini-dogs in our supermarket but bet they’re on the shelf this week.

Saucy Dogs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar (or maple syrup)
1/2 teaspoon each dry mustard and paprika
1 pound mini-dogs
Microwave ingredients in covered dish for 3 minutes or until bubbly. Add mini-dogs and cover and cook for 2 minutes more. Let stand 2 minutes and serve with toothpicks. [Read more…]

Shared housing can help seniors

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about senior home-sharing programs? Since my father passed away last year, my mom, who’s 70, is interested in renting out a room in her house for some extra income and for the companionship. Is this a wise idea?
— Housemate Hunting [Read more…]

LIVING GREEN: Shedding some light on choosing the right bulb

Observer staff report
Efficiency Vermont’s “Ask the Home Team” recently shed some light on choosing the right bulb.
WHY PAY MORE FOR LEDS?
LEDs do tend to have a higher up-front cost, but there are many things that make them a more worthwhile investment and a better choice than some of the cheaper bulbs you’re seeing in stores.
ENERGY STAR® LEDs, which are performance tested and certified by a third party laboratory, last up to 25 times longer than incandescent light bulbs and three times longer than CFLs, so when you opt for LEDs, you’ll find you’re replacing your bulbs less often and spending less time in the store selecting and buying new bulbs. [Read more…]