June 16, 2019

Kids Day 2016

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Easter Egg Hunt

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Williston Sugaring

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“Miracles from Heaven”

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


I think it was Saint Augustine, if I may paraphrase a saint, who stated that one cannot prove G-d’s existence through logic, but rather, only through one’s faith. It is in this theological vein, whether consciously referencing the early Christian thinker or not, that director Patricia Riggen weaves her tear-jerking, often compelling “Miracles from Heaven.” The film is based on the true life travail of Anna Beam, a terribly sick little girl superbly portrayed by Kylie Rogers.

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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 United Way at 860-1677.


Run Vermont/Vermont City Marathon is looking for volunteers for two “Unplugged” half-marathon races on April 9. Volunteers can help with runner support at the start in Colchester, course monitoring and at the finish line in Burlington. Shifts between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call Chuck Spear at 863-8412 or email chuck@runvermont.org. [Read more…]

Avoiding falls for road safety

Older drivers with a history of falling are 40 percent more likely to be involved in crashes than their peers, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Falls limit an older driver’s ability to function behind the wheel and can make driving risky for themselves and others on the road. These findings are important since a record 12 million older adults experience falls annually.

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Booster shots recommended for seniors

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I just turned 65 and would like to find out what types of vaccinations are recommended to Medicare beneficiaries, and how they are covered.

Health Conscious

Dear Conscious,

Most people think that vaccinations are just for kids, but adults, especially seniors who tend to have weaker immune systems, need their shots, too. Here’s a rundown of what vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend for seniors 65 and older, and how they’re covered by Medicare.

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What’s Cooking? Butternut squash soup

By Lucy McCullough

Happy April Fools’ Day

Here’s hoping you have fun with April Fools’ Day. Wondering what the origin and significance of this day is, I tried to look it up on the Internet but did not find a good answer. It seems the explanations I found were fools’ play except for the fact that the Romans and Hindus celebrated the New Year on April 1. The date does seem to be associated with the change of seasons and the lightheartedness spring brings.    

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Sara Jane Upton Mikell

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Sara Jane Upton Mikell

Sara Jane Upton Mikell, age 83, died peacefully Wednesday morning, March 16, 2016 at her home in Williston. Sara was a lifelong Vermonter, who was as gentle and nurturing as a summer breeze, and as strong and independent as a winter snowstorm.

Born in Burlington on July 14, 1932, Sara was the eldest child of Dr. Hiram J. Upton and Doris Dodds Upton. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1950 and the University of Vermont in 1954. She was predeceased by her husband, Judge William E. Mikell, in 2000. [Read more…]

Pastel artists reflect on light

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Works by Williston artist Maria McQuiston — including ‘Into the Shade,’ seen above — are featured in a new pastel exhibition called ‘Threads of Light.’ The exhibit, which also features works by artist Jane Petrillo, will hang at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho through April 24. An artists’ reception will be held Sunday, April 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.