November 20, 2018

“Ghostbusters”

The Graces of Wraith

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

 

“Ghostbusters,” the third film in the franchise originated by Messrs. Aykroyd, Ramis and Reitman in 1984, reboots the saga of paranormal booga booga with four funny ladies starring in what is essentially a séance gone wild. Asserting that anything the male Ghostbusters could do, they can do wackier, it is a movie of moments and ideas, most of them witty, some of them hilarious. Unfortunately, the thinnest of refurbished plots is unable to meld the cerebral with the onslaught of special effects. It gets a bit out of hand. [Read more…]

Armadillos baseball

Obituary

Buckley Hubbard

Buckley Hubbard

Buckley Hubbard

Buckley Hubbard, III, 68, of Williston, died peacefully at home on July 5, following a long illness. Buck was born in Erie, Pa. on May 24, 1948, the son of Winifred Fischer Hubbard and the late Buckley Hubbard Jr.
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Veterans Book Groups program returns

At the end of this month, a series of book reading and discussion groups geared towards connecting veterans with others who have served, will begin again and run through mid-winter. [Read more…]

Great gadgets for aging golfers

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend any products that can help older golfers? I love to play golf, but at age 74, I have hip and back problems that make bending over to tee up or pick up the ball difficult. And I have arthritis in my thumbs that makes griping the club a problem.

Ailing Eddy

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What’s Cooking? Summertime Pizza

By Lucy McCullough

When you make pizza at home, you can add favorite toppings, control the amount of sauce and cheese and even compartmentalize the pizza for the fussy eaters. Grilling the pizza is faster than oven-baking and keeps the heat out of the kitchen, too. You can make your own dough, or purchase it ready to bake. The most popular cheese used is mozzarella, but a mixture of different hard cheeses is fun to experiment with.

Toppings might include lightly sautéed onion slices, sliced sweet pepper, mushrooms, black olives, kale, spinach, thin tomato slices, pepperoni, cooked sausage, bacon or other flavorful meats. [Read more…]

Portrait of the Vermont artist as a young man

Gregory Douglass

Gregory Douglass

Artist Gregory Douglass set for homecoming show at Higher Ground

By Kevin O’Connor

For Vermont Digger

Gregory Douglass has sung with fellow Vermont musician Grace Potter, sold 100,000 digital tunes and scored a million YouTube views. So why does National Public Radio call him “one of New England’s well-kept secrets” — and not because he’s now living and working in Los Angeles? [Read more…]

Armadillos win big against Northfield

Brent Trembly slides safely into home during the Williston Armadillos' game with the team from Northfield on Sunday the 24th at the WCS field.

Brent Trembly slides safely into home during the Williston Armadillos’ game with the team from Northfield on Sunday the 24th at the WCS field.

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Algae blooms, cloudy water have economic impact

Observer courtesy photo by Flickr user Don Shall Algae blooms collect near a dock on Lake Champlain in Burlington.

Observer courtesy photo by Flickr user Don Shall
Algae blooms collect near a dock on Lake Champlain in Burlington.

New University of Vermont and Lake Champlain Basin Program research puts a hefty price tag on Lake Champlain’s natural beauty.

According to the study, Vermont lakeside communities would lose $16.8 million in economic activity and 200 full-time jobs – in July and August alone – for every one-meter (three-foot) decrease in water clarity.

The study is the first to investigate the relationship between home values, tourism and Lake Champlain’s visual appearance, which is regularly impacted by algae blooms, nutrient runoff, sewage and other pollutants. [Read more…]

The other kind of green lawn

Observer courtesy photo by Luc Reid Using a lawn for gardening or planting fruit and berry bushes can be more beneficial and better for the environment than maintaining grass.

Observer courtesy photo by Luc Reid
Using a lawn for gardening or planting fruit and berry bushes can be more beneficial and better for the environment than maintaining grass.

By Luc Reid

It’s a funny thing that something as colorfully green as a lawn can be made much “greener” by using the space differently. Lawns typically take more than their fair share of energy and water to maintain. They provide little food or shelter for wildlife and aren’t much help protecting us from extreme weather. Having green space in which to play and relax is a big benefit of living in a place like Williston, but if you have more lawn than you need, here are six ways to reduce your lawn work and turn it into something greener.

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