February 21, 2020

PHOTOS: Superhero Parade


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Local kids dressed in their best superhero costumes—and brought their pets—for the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library’s Superhero Parade, held June 20. Lake Monsters mascot Champ was there for the occasion, and the event kicked off the library’s summer reading program.

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POPCORN: “Jurassic World” Just When You Thought it was Safe

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


I haven’t given all that much thought to director Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World” since seeing it, at least not in the usual sense; you know how you mull a film that impresses you. Rather, I’ve been considering this 4th rendering of the modern horror classic in the involuntarily sense, like at the diner the other night. Sitting by the window, I suddenly feared a Stegosaurus’s tail might come crashing in at me. Happily, it didn’t. Even more fortunate, the story’s hybrid Indominus Rex didn’t come loping after me as I walked to my car. I glanced behind to see.

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Healthy Food for Two: Moong Dal

By Ania Robertson

Also, known as Split Hulled Mung Beans

A quick to make and easy to digest purée for lunch or light dinner.

Ayurveda recommends eating these yellow beans because they are nutritious, easy to digest and fast to cook.

A 1 cup serving of cooked moong dal has 147 calories, 14 grams protein, only 0.77 grams of total fat and 15.5 grams of fiber. [Read more…]

Lawsuit alleges price-fixing among Northwestern Vermont gas distributors

By Sam Heller

For Vermont Digger

Gasoline distributors accused of price gouging in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties are going to court.

A class action lawsuit filed in Chittenden Superior Court on Monday by the Washington law office of Bailey Glasser LLP and Burlington Law Practice PLLC, claims that gas distributors R.L. Vallee, Inc., SB Collins, Inc., Champlain Farms/Wesco, Inc. and Champlain, Inc. conspired to illegally fix gasoline prices in northwestern Vermont.

“These companies have had extraordinary profits that cannot be explained by legitimate market forces. At times, those profits have been twice the national average,” a news release from the law firms said. “During its study, the FTC concluded that gas prices in Greater Burlington in late June 2012 were 10 to 43 cents a gallon higher than reliable computer models would predict.”

For the full story, visit:    vtdigger.org

Fat, sugar may relate to loss of cognitive function

A study at Oregon State University indicates that both a high-fat and a high-sugar diet, compared to a normal diet, cause changes in gut bacteria that appear related to a significant loss of “cognitive flexibility,” or the power to adapt and adjust to changing situations.

This effect was most serious on the high-sugar diet, which also showed an impairment of early learning for both long-term and short-term memory. [Read more…]

Tame pet care costs

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What tips can you recommend to help senior pet owners with their veterinary bills? I have two cats and a dog that are family to me, but their vet bills have become unaffordable.

—Fix Income Frankie

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Five CVU players make girls lacrosse All-Stars 

Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse players earned five slots on the Division 1 All-Star teams, as chosen by the coaches.

Senior co-captain Lily Schmoker and junior goal scorer Annie Keen were named to the first team. Both were midfielders.

Named to the second team were defender Emma Plociennik, along with goalie Bailee Pudvar. The two are juniors.

Another junior, midfielder Megan Gannon, drew honorable mention.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

CVU, Williston athletes shine in Twin State games

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Observer file photo by Al Frey.  Elliott Mitchell helped propel the Vermont boys lacrosse team to its first Twin State win in 20 years.

Graduated senior boys lacrosse and baseball stars from Champlain Valley Union High were in action Saturday (June 20) as Vermont and New Hampshire teams clashed.

And this Saturday, three former CVU players will be skating for Vermont in the annual Make-A-Wish Twin State boys hockey match at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below 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.


The Intervale Center needs volunteers to glean and rescue fresh food that would otherwise go to waste during the growing season and package it into free food shares for individuals, families and social service agencies. Groups of up to 10 volunteers welcome. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 1:30-3:30 p.m. through mid-October. Contact Chelsea Frisbee at 660-0440 Ext. 113 or email Chelsea@intervale.org. [Read more…]

Williston Birth Tree Project enters second year

Observer courtesy photo The Francke family poses with their new tree during last year’s Birth Tree Celebration. Williston residents who had or adopted a child between August 2014 and August of this year are eligible to participate in the 2015 Birth Tree Program.

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The Francke family poses with their new tree during last year’s Birth Tree Celebration. Williston residents who had or adopted a child between August 2014 and August of this year are eligible to participate in the 2015 Birth Tree Program.

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