April 22, 2019

PHOTOS: Building a rain barrel

Observer photos by Al Frey

Rain Barrels_0046 25Jul15

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PHOTOS: Swimming championships

Observer photos by Al Frey

CVSL Champs _289 24Jul15

The Champlain Valley Swimming League Championship was held on Friday and Saturday at the Essex town pool. Several Williston children swam for the Edge team, including Cam Cuttitta (TOP).

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What’s cooking? Tribute to zucchini

By Lucy McCullough

The zucchini is such a prolific green squash that man/woman has created numerous ways to eat it. Cookbooks probably exist that feature this vegetable alone. It can be eaten raw in a salad, spiralized and eaten as a pasta substitute, sauteed in garlic (delicious with lamb), steamed with onions and topped with butter, batter fried, grilled, baked in a casserole with cream cheese and bread crumbs, made into relish or fritters, baked in many variations of zucchini bread and, of course, the Chocolate Zucchini Cake.
The zucchini cake was introduced to us by our neighbor, Mike Davis, when he was working with us at the Catamount Tavern in the log cabin in the early ‘80s. He asked if it would be okay for him to bake his mother’s (Bev Thomas) cake recipe. It was a huge success and it has since been served at many of our family member’s birthdays and one son-in-law baked several for his wedding cake. It is very chocolaty and moist. The kids probably won’t even guess there is zucchini in it. [Read more…]


Albert Kupiec

Albert Kupiec

Albert John Kupiec, Jr., Williston, 84 passed away on Wednesday July 22, 2015 at Starr Farm Nursing Home in Burlington. Albert was born in Ludlow Vermont on September 7, 1930, the son of Albert John Kupiec, Sr. and Stephanie Wass. He had 8 siblings and was predeceased by Anthony, Mary, Theresa, Lynn, Stephanie and Caroline. He is survived by siblings; Cele Letourneau of Santa Maria California and Joan Garrow of Plattsburg NY. [Read more…]

Financial aid for older adults going back to school

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
Are there any financial aid resources you can recommend to baby boomers who are interested in going back to school? I’ve been thinking about taking some classes at a nearby college, and wanted to check into financial aid opportunities first.
Looking For Aid

Dear Looking,
If you know where to look, there’s quite a bit of financial assistance out there that can help working baby boomers and retirees go back to school. Here are some steps to take that can help you find it. [Read more…]

Vt. aclu threatens to sue over school spending cap

By Anne Galloway
For Vermont Digger

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the state over a variable cap on school spending that was enacted in the last legislative session. The nonprofit group is actively seeking plaintiffs for a lawsuit against the state.
Allen Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont ACLU, told a state education panel on Friday that he believes the limit on education spending is unconstitutional.
Gilbert says Act 46, the new school district merger law, which features an adjustable limit on how much a school can spend over the next two years, “violates the equity provision” of the Brigham decision and the Vermont Constitution.
“We will be following how Act 46 is implemented, and what happens with school budgets,” Gilbert told the members of the Vermont State Board of Education on Friday. “We put out the word that we will entertain the requests of any school districts who want to be represented.”

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Essex (with CVUers) bows out of American Legion tourney

It began with two straight victories, but the Essex American Legion baseball team’s charge at the state title went awry Sunday with a loss to Hartford in a suspended game and then a 13-12 nudging in 10 innings by eventual champion Colchester in the double elimination tournament at Castleton University.
Some six Champlain Valley Union High players were on the Essex combine which won Thursday and Friday (5-0 over Brattleboro) before the Saturday and Sunday trials.
Hayden Smith, a 2014 CVU graduate, took bat in hand and connected for three hits while driving home four runs in the finale against Colchester.
Other Redhawks on the Essex nine included Deagan Poland, Sam Mikell, Henry Provost, Tanner Smith and Chris O’Brien.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

Summer camps highlights

By Todd Goodwin

Summer camps are wrapping up for the 2015 season, but there are a couple of camps the week of Aug. 3-7—Harry Potter Camp and Garden Camp. The day camps still have spaces available and registration is accepted up to the Friday prior. Weeks left for the day camps are Aug. 3 and Aug. 10. Visit the Recreation and Parks website, www.willistonrec.org, to check out the camps and to register.

Saratoga Racetrack
Thursday, Aug. 13, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $77 per person. Ages 50-plus. Join us and other area Recreation Departments for an exciting day at the racetrack. We will board a Premier Coach Bus for the journey to New York, stopping for lunch at Maestro’s in the heart of [Read more…]

Moving Vermont forward

By Jim Douglas
Moving Vermont’s economy forward requires investments in both innovation and infrastructure.
There’s no shortage of innovation in Vermont—we’re fortunate to have legacy industries and cutting edge entrepreneurs eager to contribute to our economy and provide good jobs. It’s not easy for them, however. Costs are higher here than in many other places. And too many areas of our state lack critical energy and telecommunications infrastructure necessary to compete in the 21st century economy.
Many of the challenges our employers face also exacerbate the trials of working families. As the cost of living in Vermont continues to rise, Vermonters in the middle struggle to keep pace. [Read more…]

Blood donors needed

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. [Read more…]