October 14, 2019

50-plus EXPO celebrates 20 years

Vermont’s largest event for seniors and baby boomers is celebrating its 20th year.

The Vermont 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. [Read more…]

Board proposes $9.8 million town budget 

Tax rate would increase by 1.5 cents

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

The Selectboard passed a trimmed-down version of the town’s 2015-16 municipal budget this week, but the tax rate is still projected to rise by a penny and a half. 

The Selectboard on Monday approved an operating budget of $9,843,940, approximately $34,000 more than last year, a 0.35 percent increase. The budget would result in an estimated tax rate of 28.5 cents, meaning the owner of a $300,000 house would pay $855 in municipal property taxes.  [Read more…]

Races begin for town, school board seats

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Willistonians will have plenty of candidates to choose from when they go to the polls in March. 

“It’s the first time in a long time there are actually some races,” Town Clerk Deb Beckett said. “There’s a good resurgence of people that want to get active and involved.”

This year, there are multiple candidates vying for three positions—two Selectboard seats and one Williston School Board position.

Monday was the filing deadline for candidates.  [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Amabassador Noah

Noah Cohen, a second grader at Allen Brook School, was named the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champion for Vermont in a ceremony on Jan. 16 at the school. Noah was born with VACTERL association, a rare disorder that affects multiple body systems and that has so far required numerous surgeries. He calls UVM Children’s Hospital ‘my hospital’ and, with his family, is committed to fundraising to ‘assure that all kids who need the hospital have as positive a hospital experience as he has had,’ according to information provided by the hospital.

 

 

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Noah with Dr. Lewis First, chairman and professor in the department of pediatrics at UVM College of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics at the hospital.

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PHOTOS: CVU gymnastics

CVU gymnasts bowed to an always-strong Essex High team on Friday at Green Mountain Gymnastics. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

CVU gymnasts bowed to an always-strong Essex High team on Friday at Green Mountain Gymnastics. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU Hockey vs. Essex

 

Senior forward Cam Rivard lines up a move toward the goal during Saturday’s game against undefeated Essex High. The Redhawks lost 2-1. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Senior forward Cam Rivard lines up a move toward the goal during Saturday’s game against undefeated Essex High. The Redhawks lost 2-1. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “Into the Woods” Lumbers a Bit

 

2 1/2 popcorns

2 1/2 popcorns

 

“Into the Woods”

Lumbers a Bit

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

 

Director Rob Marshall’s movie adaptation of James Lapine (book) and Stephen Sondheim’s (music and lyrics) “Into the Woods” is whimsical and enchanting until about the 60% mark, at which time it bogs down into the catastasis. That’s the point in drama, as I explained to my daughter Erin when she was little, when push comes to shove and it looks like things might not work out too well. She quickly informed: “I hate the catastasis.” Well, me too sometimes. Here, in what is essentially a two-part saga, it disrupts more than heightens the experience. [Read more…]

Recipe Corner: Soup as the main course

By Ginger Isham

Sometimes I double a soup recipe so I can put some in the freezer for later. I save any kind of left over potato, veggies, canned tomatoes, rice, pasta and meats for soups. By adding onion, garlic, celery and spices, along with chicken or beef broth, you can be creative with soups. The following soup is one I have not made for a long time.

Mulligatawny Soup
(the name means “pepper water”)

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
1 medium stalk of celery, sliced [Read more…]

Elder Education Enrichment announces spring programs

Elder Education Enrichment will begin its spring series of programs on Feb. 2.
The EEE series is held at the Faith United Methodist Church, a handicapped accessible facility, located in South Burlington at 899 Dorset St. Parking is available at the church, with overflow parking allowed at the north end of the Temple Sinai parking lot at the corner of Swift and Dorset streets.
Lectures cover topics in areas including Vermont issues such as community policing, Vermont and U.S. history and foreign affairs. Each lecture starts at 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. Coffee and refreshments are served 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. during the first session of each month. [Read more…]

Getting around when you can no longer drive

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around.
—Searching Daughter

Dear Searching,
Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what’s available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here’s what you should know. [Read more…]