June 18, 2019

PHOTOS: Pizza making

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Five-year-olds in the Williston Edge’s Kids & Fitness group took a field trip to make pizza at Williston House of Pizza Wednesday morning. Apparent pepperoni lovers Luca Richling (left) and Ryann Savage load toppings onto their pizza. (Observer photos by Stephanie Choate)

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PHOTOS: The Edgerton’s Rockwell

Men of Tomorrow

Buddy Edgerton poses in multiple positions for ‘Men of Tomorrow’. Images courtesy of Buddy and Jim Edgerton.


Mary Doyle as ‘Rosie the Riveter’

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PHOTOS: CVU gymnastics

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Captain Jessie Johnson performs on the bar. Observer photos by Al Frey

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POPCORN: “Fifty Shades of Grey” Black & Blue and in it for the Green

“Fifty Shades of Grey”

Black & Blue and in it for the Green

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


The only film I ever walked out on was “In Cold Blood” (1967), about the gruesome murder of four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, circa 1959. I was in college, had no readers to answer to, and, as testament to writer/director Richard Brooks’s accurate adaptation of Truman Capote’s book, the film seethed with unsettling depravity. Alas, I might as well have been tied down while viewing “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a disingenuously marketed bore no matter how you color it. I was on the clock, and could only hope some great surprise awaited.

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Recipe Corner: Tea and toppings

By Ginger Isham

When my daughter asked for an old recipe for Russian Tea, I searched and found it in my beverage collection and thought why not share it, since we are in a deep freeze these days? The cranberry recipes are new from a family member named Jean. Can’t wait to try them.

Russian Tea

1 1/2 cups Tang (found it near the Country Lemonade)

1 cup instant tea with or without lemon and sugar

1 teaspoon EACH cinnamon, ginger and cloves

Mix all together and pour into an attractive container. Add 1 teaspoon of mix to a cup of boiling water. [Read more…]

Simplified smartphones

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m interested in getting my 72-year-old mother a smartphone, but want to get one that’s very easy for her to use. What can you recommend?

Shopping Around

Dear Shopping,

There are several different ways you can go about getting your mom a simplified smartphone that’s easy for her to use. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, here are some different options to consider.

The cheapest way to set your mom up with an easy-to-use, uncomplicated smartphone is to get her a second-hand android phone, and install a senior-friendly “launcher app” on it, which is a user interface software application.  [Read more…]

HUB Happenings


Vermont Custom Closets of Williston recently announced the addition of Caroline Stanton to its sales and design team.

Stanton has a Bachelor of Science degree in interior designer from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She has five years of design experience working with architects, builders and remodelers designing in residential and commercial spaces as well as high-end yachts. [Read more…]

Vt. House passes ‘fee bill’ 

By Anne Galloway

Vermont Digger

The House passed what is known as the fee bill earlier this month, but not without a few changes to the legislation, which raises $2.8 million in additional monies from professionals, developers, waste haulers, bakers and restaurateurs.

Lawmakers reduced fees for waste hauling companies slightly, and cut additional fees for restaurants by $100,000. The amendment was pitched by Rep. Laura Sibilia, an independent newbie from the Windham-Bennington district.

Sibilia took her proposal to the House Ways and Means Committee before the final floor vote on the bill. The amendment was initially deemed “unfriendly” in a 5-5 vote by the committee, but with a little negotiation, spearheaded by several Republicans who agreed to support the fee bill as long as the fees were lowered, the amendment passed 10-0.

Ultimately, the bill passed on the floor in a voice vote.

For the full story, visit VTDigger.org

The HUB: New financial company puts education first

Chris Kirkpatrick

Chris Kirkpatrick

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Williston native Chris Kirkpatrick wants to help Vermonters take control of their financial future. 

“The more I looked at the industry and saw how broken the system was, the more I wanted to create something that gave people a different solution and a different way of viewing how money works,” he said. “I wanted to start a company that more than anything else was really focused on education…. The real goal basically is to simplify financial confusion.” [Read more…]

CVU alpine skiers state meet bound 

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Next up for the Champlain Valley Union High Alpine ski team: the state interscholastic meets at Bromley Mountain Monday and Okemo Mountain Resort Tuesday.

Coach Mike Minnerly’s Redhawks concluded their two-event district competition Tuesday with the giant slalom at Middlebury Snow Bowl. [Read more…]