April 20, 2019

Volunteers needed

United Way’s Volunteer Connection staff will host a “volunteering” open house at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg, on Wed. Aug. 5. Stop by anytime between 4-5:30 p.m. to explore the wide range of volunteer opportunities available.

KidSafe Collaborative needs many volunteers from Aug. 5-10 to help put on its huge annual Community Yard Sale in Essex. Volunteers can accept and sort donations, serve as cashiers or roving helpers and help with clean up. Three-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Contact Lisa Simon at 863-9626 or email kidsafe@kidsafevt.org.
Turning Point Center is looking for help with the Hank Schaefer Golf Tournament Aug. 7 from [Read more…]

Federal program expands access to hospice for Medicare beneficiaries

By Morgan True
For Vermont Digger
Starting next year, a new federal program will allow many Vermont Medicare recipients to seek hospice care while still receiving curative treatments—an option that is not currently available.
The way things work now, Medicare beneficiaries and dual-eligibles (people receiving Medicare and Medicaid benefits) are required to forgo treatment aimed at recovery in order to be eligible for end-of-life services.
Fewer than half of eligible Medicare beneficiaries use hospice care and most only for a short period of time, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In Vermont, 32 percent of the population uses hospice services as part of end-of-life care, according to figures collected by the Dartmouth Health Atlas. That’s the fifth-lowest rate in the U.S.

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Town looks at speed limit changes

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

The town is considering lowering the speed limit on Sunset Hill Road and the adjoining side streets after residents from every home in the area signed a petition.
Residents requested that the speed limit be lowered from 35 to 25 with the speed limit posted as 15 miles per hour on the 90 degree curve on the western end of the street.
Resident Dan Donnelly wrote a letter to the Selectboard on June 17, signed by 64 residents of the area, requesting the change.
“As you know Sunset Hill Road is a dirt road,” the letter reads. “It is also a road that is used extensively by people and their pets for recreation. Practically any time of the day from sunrise to sunset you are liable to find an individual or groups of people walking or running or biking on the road.” [Read more…]

EPA proposes clean up plan for Williston Superfund site

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its proposal to clean up contaminated groundwater in Williston, after years of studying the site.
A plume containing high levels of compounds used to clean metals, including trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene, has contaminated groundwater beneath Commerce Street, South Brownell Road and Kirby Lane.
“The groundwater is extremely contaminated,” said EPA Remedial Project Manager Karen Lumino. “It’s a 70-acre plume.” [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Firefighters story time

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Williston firefighters Jared Lake and Prescott Nadeau (far right) show visitors their gear during the Read with a Firefighter hour, held Tuesday at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Lake and Nadeau, along with Lisa Steadman, read books to a gathering of children and their parents and let them climb inside a fire truck. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Growing up, the Hard Way

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


I hope that, per J.D. Salinger’s lifelong dictum, there is never a movie adaptation of “The Catcher in The Rye.” However, should such sacrilege come to pass, Thomas Mann, the contemporary epitome of teenaged angst and alienation in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” would be a perfect Holden Caulfield. Likeable, aggravating, touching and emotionally informing, his Greg, who during senior year of high school forms a tender bond with the title girl, wins our empathy while sharing with us his seriocomic coming of age experience. [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two: Summery Breakfast

By Ania Robertson

Calcium is the main component of bone tissue, and it is an essential mineral for binding tissues such as ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones and scar tissues. Additionally, calcium is needed for blood clotting when one bleeds due to an injury. Moreover, the muscles of the body cannot function without calcium.
It is crucial that calcium level be maintained at a constant level in the blood. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to consider the dietary sources of calcium and how to improve its absorption. [Read more…]

How to protect your eyes from macular degeneration

Dear Savvy Senior,
Is macular degeneration hereditary? My mother lost her vision from it before she died a few years ago and now, at age 65, I’m worried I may get it. What can you tell me?
Nearsighted Susan
Dear Susan,
Having a parent or sibling with macular degeneration does indeed increase your risk three to four times. But the good news is there are things you can do to protect your eyesight and a number of treatments that are available if you do happen to get it. Here’s what you should know. [Read more…]

Local students named to CVU, Rice honor rolls

The following Williston and St. George students were named to the Champlain Valley Union High fourth quarter honor roll, released earlier this month.

High Honors
Lindsey A. Albertelli; Davis S. Allen; Casey J. Ammon; Megan J. Ammon; Aliza C. Anderson; Chiara J. Antonioli; Kelsie D. Barnes; Erika I. Barth; Renee L. Benoit; Sarah E. Bergkvist; Alexandra D. Bisaccia ; Samara G. Bissonette; Erica A. Bliss ; Joshua D. Bliss; Erica M. Bouton ; Olivia V. Brissette; Max H. Brown; Julia E. Bryant; Jade A. Byrne; Natalie F. Casson; Michael E. Chirgwin; Hayley S. Clos; Lyndsey C. Clos; Alec J. Collins; Maddie I. Collins; Lily M. Cote; Julia C. [Read more…]

Despite defeats, hoop star games a blast for CVU duo

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Saturday’s Twin State Basketball Classic games at Essex High School between 2015 graduated stars turned into a double bonanza for the visiting New Hampshire girls and boys quintets.
The Granite State girls took the doubleheader opener over cold shooting Vermont, 83-37.
In the nightcap, the New Hampshire boys showed remarkable depth in rolling to a 120-78 victory.
As one-sided as the games may have been, former Champlain Valley Union High hoopsters Caitlin Grasso and Chris Reiss were totally positive about their participation in the games and last week’s practices. [Read more…]