February 25, 2020

POPCORN: “Cinderella” A Shoo-In

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“Cinderella” A Shoo-In

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


A recurring thought that comes to mind whilst viewing “Cinderella,” filmed under the auspices of Walt Disney Studios, is the caring conservancy with which the time-honored story is told. A testament to the folk tale’s enduring validity, its roots can be traced as far back as an Egyptian fable in the first century B.C. While director Kenneth Branagh doesn’t reach quite that deep, his joyously splendid retelling, based predominantly on French author Charles Perrault’s version and the 1950 Disney animation, exemplifies the art of breathing new life into a classic theme.

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PHOTOS: Wildlife encounters

Jennifer Gibbs of Wildlife Encounters introduces attendees to a wallaby during a program at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library on Saturday. Among the animals were a small American alligator, snakes, a giant rabbit and a hedgehog.

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PHOTOS: Engineering challenge

Observer photo by Stephanie Choate


All fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders at the Williston Central School competed in the challenge. Students worked in small groups to solve a variety of problems from the slowest parachute drop to picking up marshmallows with a mechanical arm, said teacher Tad Dippel. Volunteer engineers judged the events both days. ‘It proved to be an engaging and positive learning experience for the students,’ Dippel said.



Jake Bowen prepares to release his team’s parachute during the Engineering Challenge held at Williston Central School earlier this month.

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Handy aids for achy hands

Dear Savvy Senior,

What products can you recommend for seniors with hand arthritis? I really struggle with anything that requires gripping and turning, which makes most activities difficult. 

Gripless Joan

Dear Joan,

There are literally hundreds of different arthritis aids and other products on the market today that can help people with arthritic hands and carpal tunnel syndrome. [Read more…]

Recipe Corner: Maple and more maple

By Ginger Isham

Mother Nature has cooperated by giving us 10 gallons of light robust maple syrup this week. Will there be more? Maybe. Our first taste of maple was for breakfast with buttermilk pancakes, fresh sliced strawberries, an egg and a thin slice of ham. I hope the following recipes will be added to my readers’ maple file.

Creamy Maple Dessert Sauce

1 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup evaporated milk [Read more…]

JV hoop girls rolled to 13-6 record

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Coach Cathy Kohlasch’s Champlain Valley Union High girls’ basketball team overcame a series of injuries and wound up the recent season with a 13-6 mark.

“We started with two wins, then we lost our starting point guard (sophomore Jaime Vachon) for the season with a knee injury and our other guard (sophomore Naomi Burhans) was out for a few games with a finger injury.”

Kohlasch said it was back to the drawing board with some players working at, for them, new positions. [Read more…]

Former CVU ice star shines at Castleton

Just a few seasons ago, Molly Howard was a slap shot-sniping, high-scoring forward for the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team.

Now she is popping points for Castleton State.

Howard was recently named to the ECAC East All-Tournament team after scoring two goals in the Spartans’ 3-2 semifinal victory over Salve Regina. The triumph got Castleton into the championship contest for the second straight year.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

CVU players in All-Star hockey action

Five guys and one girl from Champlain Valley Union High’s hockey players were in the 31st Annual Essex Rotary Key Bank All-Star Hockey Classic Saturday at the Essex Skating Facility.

Playing for the winning boys’ Austin team, CVU’s Oscar Kelly scored a goal while Greg Talbert made four saves as one of his team’s three netminders.

Also on the team were Cam Rivard, Kaleb Godbout and Elliott Mitchell.

CVU’s Rachel Pitcher, who played at South Burlington High this past season, scored for the girls’ Austin team, which bowed to the Harris squad, 6-3.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

Easter Week Services

Ascension Lutheran Church

95 Allen Road, South Burlington

Thursday, April 2: 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 3: 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae service

Sunday, April 5: 7:30 – 9 a.m. Pancake breakfast; 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Easter services [Read more…]

Library Notes

Youth News

After-School Movie

Friday, March 27, 3 p.m. A giant inflatable robot and a teenage prodigy form a special friendship in this animated adventure about a band of high-tech heroes. Rated PG, 102 minutes.

Spanish Musical Playgroup

Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. – noon. Non-Spanish speakers welcome. Birth to age 5. Snack included. Music with Constancia and crafts with Natasha. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures. [Read more…]