July 20, 2019

POPCORN: “Love & Mercy” Sad but True

3 popcorns

3 popcorns

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

Do mental illness and genius go hand in hand? I think not. It’s just that things we have very little understanding of frequently give the impression of association. There’s even an alluring sub-genre of films dedicated to the dramatic exploitation of this rather shopworn cliché. This isn’t one of them. To director Bill Pohlad’s credit, his “Love & Mercy” takes the high road in its portrait of music virtuoso Brian Wilson and the psychological demons that bedeviled him. [Read more…]

PHOTOS: WCS Graduation

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PHOTOS: Rice Graduation

Michelle, Miss Rice

Observer courtesy photos Rice Memorial High Principal Rev. Msgr. Bernard W. Bourgeois presents Williston resident Michelle Bolger with the Miss Rice Award. The Mr. and Miss Rice awards are considered Rice’s highest. They are given to students who exemplify the Rice ideals of academic excellence, service to others and seeking God.

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PHOTOS: CVU Graduation

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What’s Cooking? Strawberry Shortcake

By Lucy McCullough

I am looking forward to the arrival of native strawberries. Nothing compares to the sweet and juicy locally grown berries. I like to just wash and eat them without sugar, cake or cream, but I am tempted at least once during the season to share a strawberry shortcake dessert. Some folks like the pound cake or angel cake version and some of us prefer the biscuit. The following recipe was the one my mother served that includes yeast, making them light and fluffy, not at all like the typical baking powder biscuit. The recipe also makes a large quantity for a large group, stored for the next treat or baked for another purpose. [Read more…]


Henry Allen House, of South Burlington, age 93, died June 9, 2015, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, from complications following a stroke suffered at Christmastime. Henry was born on July 15, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Edythe Mae (Baldwin) House and Henry Hazel House. He was the eldest of six children. He was predeceased by both parents and by his three brothers, William House, Leslie House, and Arthur House. He was raised in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and graduated from Port Jefferson High School where he was a member of the cross-country, track and football teams, and class president in his junior and senior years. Entering the [Read more…]

Learning new technology

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What teaching resources can you recommend to help seniors learn how to use computers, tablets and smartphone devices? At age 72, I am interested in joining the technology revolution so I can keep up with my kids and grandkids a little better, but I need help.
— Technology Novice [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

PuroClean donates to Cancer Patient Support Foundation

Darrel Depot, owner of Williston-based company PuroClean, recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Cancer Patient Support Foundation as part of the company’s monthly donation of 1 percent of profits.
“The impact a gift of this size has on the life of cancer patients is immeasurable,” said Bobbe Maynes, president of Cancer Patient Support Foundation. “We are so grateful for companies who have their hearts in the right place.”
O’Hara joins American Cancer Society of Vermont [Read more…]

The Hub: ‘Peddling’ out of Maple Tree Place

Observer photo by Marianne Apfelbaum Kathie Cooke, owner of The Paper Peddler, has decided to move her business from Maple Tree Place to a larger location on Blair Park Road.

Observer photo by Marianne Apfelbaum
Kathie Cooke, owner of The Paper Peddler, has decided to move her business from Maple Tree Place to a larger location on Blair Park Road.

Business owner says parking headaches spurred relocation
By Adam White
Observer correspondent
After 13 years in Maple Tree Place, The Paper Peddler is moving to a different location in Williston. The new space at 34 Blair Park Road will provide a bit more room for the jewelry, stationery, cards and gifts the store is known for.
But for owner Kathie Cooke, the biggest improvements will be noticed before customers even set foot in the door.
Cooke said that despite being one of the longest-tenured businesses in Maple Tree Place, The Paper Peddler has seen its bottom line suffer due to limitations imposed by the shopping center’s infrastructure. [Read more…]

Rice edges CVU for baseball crown

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
No, actor Gary Cooper was not around—it’s been years—but a Saturday High Noon struggle for the Vermont Division 1 baseball championship was an intense thriller much like Cooper’s award-winning western of the ‘50s.
Second seed Rice Memorial High (18-2) outlasted top-seeded 18-2 Champlain Valley Union High 5-2 in eight innings at the University of Vermont’s Centennial Field.
On a warm, sunny and perfect baseball day, much of the heat was in the deliveries of starting pitchers Sam Mikell of CVU and Rice ace Will Hesslink. The Rice lefty prevailed in the end, blowing down the Redhawks with six straight whiffings in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings. The Green Knights broke though Mikell for three runs in the top of the eighth to cement the final verdict, ironically the same score and number of innings that earned CVU a regular season victory at Rice. [Read more…]