June 20, 2019

PHOTOS: ‘Play ball!’ at WCS

Observer photo by Al Frey

Baseball and softball teams hit the fields at Williston Central School on Monday.


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PHOTOS: Habitat celebration

Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum

The Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore held a grand re-opening for its newly expanded store in Williston on Saturday, featuring a barbeque (above) and deals. Executive Director David Mullin estimates between 1,500 and 2,000 people attended, and they had a line of 50 people for the ribbon cutting. ‘It was lots of fun and helped Green Mountain Habitat in a big way raise awareness and money for local affordable home building.’ Mullin said.


Amelia Ayers, 3, enjoys a hotdog during the grand reopening BBQ on Saturday. The Ayers are a partner family with Habitat currently working together to build a home in Shelburne.

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PHOTOS: Compost Fest!

Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum


Workshops, face painting, climbing on sand piles and big trucks, seed-starting – Green Mountain Compost’s CompostFest had a lot to offer kids small and tall, including the famous Compost Sundae, complete with Oreo cookie ‘compost’ and gummy worms.


New and experienced gardeners attended 11 workshops on tree planting, garden pests, how to build a raised bed, how to design an edible landscape, using compost to build a strong, lush lawn and more. The main goals of the event were to help people understand the many ways compost can be used to benefit their gardens and lawns, to show them how food scraps from the community are processed into compost – and then back out into the community it goes to grow more food. Festival goers also took advantage of the inexpensive ‘bag-your-own’ bunker to load up on Green Mountain Compost raised bed mix and compost.


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POPCORN: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” Bargain Basement Bull

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


Mrs. Goldberger taught me nothing if not to be a snob. But I think if I were sitting at her kitchen table, having endless cups of coffee, puffing on cigarettes (we all smoked then) and discussing “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” she’d laugh and, in her European accent, say, “He’s so silly, and he needs to lose weight badly. But he’s brave, and he loves his daughter so much. She’s a little overweight already, too. She should watch. The second wife left him after six days, no? Poor guy…he’s not a real policeman, you know… just in the mall. You like him?”

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Recipe Corner: A budget dinner

By Ginger Isham

A flavorful meal that costs little per serving and is very tasty and can be varied.


Apple Sauerkraut With Sausage

1 medium sweet onion, sliced

3 tablespoons butter

2 medium apples, peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 can sauerkraut (8 ounces) drained and rinsed

1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice (can use cider)

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Understanding Medicare’s enrollment rules

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you give me a rundown on Medicare’s enrollment choices and rules along with when and how to apply? I turn 65 next year and want to make sure I know what to do.

Almost Retired


Dear Almost,

The strict rules and timetables for Medicare enrollment can be confusing to many new retirees, so you’re wise to plan ahead. Here’s a simplified rundown of what to know.

First a quick review. Remember that original Medicare has two parts: Part A, which provides hospital coverage and is free for most people, and Part B which covers doctor’s visits and other medical services, and costs $104.90 per month for most enrollees in 2015. [Read more…]

Green Up Williston


Last year, Williston residents picked up 1.68 tons of trash from town streets, along with 136 tires.

Saturday, May 2 marks the 45th annual Green Up Day, which brings out thousands of volunteers throughout the state to remove litter and trash from the state’s roadways, waterways and public places.

Last year, Williston volunteers picked up 1.68 tons of trash, half a cubic yard of scrap metal and 136 tires. [Read more…]

Honors for new CVU football coach

Before he takes the helm of the Champlain Valley Union High football program, Mike Williams was being honored for his final season at Bellows Free Academy of Fairfax.

Williams was named the Vermont Football Coach of the Year Sunday by the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation at its dinner at Castleton State College.

Last fall, Williams led the Bullets to the Division 3 championship, their first title in eight seasons of varsity play.

The team also won a sportsmanship award.

Williams takes over at CVU this year, replacing Jim Provost, who announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 campaign.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent


CVU golfers rule at Bolton course

With Carter Knox blazing to medalist honors with a searing 71, the Champlain Valley Union High golf team scored easy victories Tuesday over Mount Mansfield Union, Burlington High and Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans at the West Bolton Golf Club.

The Redhawks were right back in action Wednesday (Observer press time) against Essex High and South Burlington high at the Vermont National layout.

Knox ran away with the medalist title Tuesday finishing 14 strokes up on teammate Will Ryan, second with an 85. CVU’s Tripp Norris fired an 89 while Ted Hadley had a 91 and Demetri Morrissey a 95.

Team total for the Redhawks was 336 to 363 for runner-up Mount Mansfield and 376 for BFA.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent


More travels for boys lax team

Road warriors they have been and will be.

With just their second home game scheduled Wednesday (Observer press time) against Middlebury Union, the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team will get in more asphalt time in the immediate future.

The defending Division 1 champion Redhawks, nipped in their opening four games, travel to St. Albans and Bellows Free Academy Saturday (2:30 p.m. varsity start).

Tuesday they motor to Spaulding High in Barre. Then on Wednesday, it will be off to Mount Mansfield Union for a makeup of an earlier postponed match.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent