July 20, 2019

PHOTOS: Spring blooms

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May bloom at Adam’s Farm Market

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PHOTOS: CVU Baseball vs. Milton



Observer photos by Al Frey

Observer photos by Al Frey

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PHOTOS: CVU Softball vs Milton

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Observer photos by Al Frey

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PHOTOS: Vermont City Marathon

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Observer courtesy photo by Natalie Harder                        Williston resident and Champlain Valley Union High runner Carly Neeld powers through her leg of the Vermont City Marathon relay on Sunday. Neeld’s team—comprised of Olympic bronze medal winner and American record holder Deena Kastor and high school runners Neeld, St. Johnsbury Academy sophomore Caroline O’Shea and South Burlington High junior Meghan Cook—won the Open Women’s Division with a time of 2:50:47. Nearly 5,000 people participated in the event, whether running the full marathon, running as part of a duo or on a three- to five-person team.

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POPCORN: “Mad Max: Fury Road” Insane is More Like it

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


If it were indeed the future, and we had the technology to download the cogent and savory core of director George Miller’s highly ambitious, post-apocalyptic bedlam without having to suffer its long, extraneous stretches of gratuitous pandemonium, such would be my recommendation. ‘Tis the best movie I didn’t like in a long time. Its excesses can be oppressive to anyone with a normal attention span. But now, at home in armchair, safe from the inundating madness of “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” in-your-face adumbrations, y’know, there’s an awful lot of creativity there. [Read more…]

How to find a new doctor

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend to help me find and research some doctors in my area? I’m looking for a good primary care doctor or internist for my elderly parents, and need to locate a good orthopedic doctor for me.  

—Shopping for Doctors

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Vermont ranked healthiest state for seniors

Vermont is the healthiest state for seniors, rising from fourth place last year, according to the third edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, “A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.”

“Vermont’s seniors should be congratulated for doing a lot of things well to stay healthy, such as low rates of physical inactivity, hospital readmissions, and half of all our seniors rank their health as either very good or excellent,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen. “As always, there are also areas we need to improve such as a high prevalence of chronic drinking, low hospice care use and a high rate of falls.” [Read more…]

Recipe Corner

By Ginger Isham

The first chapter of my life began in 1940 on Quaker Street in Lincoln, Vt.  My elementary years were spent in a number of towns in Addison County. At the age of 19, as a new bride, I found roots here in Williston and have come to love this town and its people. I have had many happy chapters on the farm. As a birthday gift to myself, this will be my last column. It is time to begin another chapter. I want to say thank you to all the recipe readers and their kind comments over the years. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below provided by United Way or go to www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call 860-1677.


CVOEO Health Connect is looking for volunteers to support its outreach team. Tasks include assisting with research, developing and attending local events, distributing educational and promotional materials, developing and implementing outreach plans, etc. Marketing, organizing, event planning and public outreach skills are needed. Flexible scheduling. Contact Tatum O’Malley at 860-1417, Ext. 115 or email healthconnect@cvoeo.org.


Ethan Allen Homestead Museum is seeking volunteer tour guides with a passion for history and a desire to work with a variety of people. The museum needs volunteer greeters also, to welcome visitors and sell tickets for tours. For both guides and greeters, a three-hour/week commitment is preferred and training is provided. Volunteers to help with general repairs and upkeep of buildings, displays and grounds are also needed on a flexible schedule. Contact Mary Kelsy Trumps at 865-4556 or email vc@ethanallenhomestead.org.


KidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County is planning its annual community yard sale in early August and is looking for volunteers to help during June and July. Tasks include preparing signs, pricing, volunteer recruitment and scheduling, arranging for pick-ups and deliveries, and/or helping at the sale. Flexible scheduling for planners. Contact Lisa Simon at 863-9626 or email kidsafe@kidsafevt.org.


Winooski Community Services Department is planning a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch for Winooski seniors who donate hundreds of hours a month in volunteer service. Help with set-up, decorations and serving lunch. June 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact the Winooski Senior Center Director at 655-6425 or email seniorcenter@winooskivt.org.


Vermont CARES is gearing up for its annual fundraising bike ride for HIV/AIDS prevention and needs volunteers to pick up and prepare donated food, staff support stops along the route or to set up a picnic lunch at Oakledge Park in Burlington. June 13. Contact Peter Jacobsen at 863-2437 or email peter@vtcares.org.


Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets is planning a “Pet Expo” and dog walk on June 14, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Lucy’s is looking for volunteers to help with children’s activities, registration, food court and checking in vendors at the Champlain Valley Expo. Contact Sierra Ellis-Clements at 879-0898 or email lucyshouseforpets@yahoo.com.


The DREAM Program needs counselors for the summer camp season in Fletcher. The camp is very rustic with lean-to cabins, a tree house, a pond and miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. Organizers are looking for counselors to staff one or more of the five camp sessions between June 16 and July 24. Counselors are involved in all phases of camp life including programming, supervision, camp maintenance, meal preparation, etc. Pre-camp training provided. Contact Ashleigh Elsworth-Keller at 338-8979 or email ashleigh@dreamprogram.org. 


Girls on the Run Vermont needs volunteers for its non-competitive 5K event at Champlain Valley Expo, June 6 from 8 a.m.-noon. Help with face painting, handing out water, staffing the food table and cheering. Contact GOTR at 246-1476 or email Julie Cubino at jcubino@harmonyatlast.com.

Essex Invitational next for CVU tracksters

The second big regional event awaits the Champlain Valley Union High track and field combine Saturday morning, when teams gather at Essex High for the annual Invitational meet.

The all-day event qualifies teams and individuals for next month’s New Englands.

The Redhawks warmed up last Thursday at South Burlington, the girls winning their side of a five-school event while the boys were second to the hosting Rebels.

CVU girls winners included: Malina Carroll (100 and 200); Sierra Morton (400); Sophia Gorman (1,500 and 3,000); Sadie Otley (300 hurdles); the 4×100 relay team of Naomi Burhans, Carroll, Morton and Otley; and Emily Ray, discus.

Redhawks’ boys victors were: Zach Akey (100); Tyler Marshall (1,500 and 3,000); the 4×100 relay team of Richard Baccei, Akey, Tawn Tomasi and Zip Cote; Benjamin Fox (triple jump) and Richard Tegatz (shot put).

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent