July 18, 2019

Brick Church Music Series Concert

Local comic shop day

Williston Food Shelf Turkey Day

Helping holiday wishes come true for shelter pets

By Starr Jewell

Special to the Observer

In a perfect world, every homeless animal would be adopted by a loving family today. But in reality, animal shelters remain very busy places, especially around the holidays. Just like children, these animals have Christmas lists, too, filled with wishes that caring community members could help fulfill by donating pet-related items to Claus for Paws. [Read more…]

Popcorn: “Arrival”

Quite a Trip

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By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


You know how sometimes between sleep and consciousness you can tell the future? Well, good for you if you can; it doesn’t happen to me…not anymore. I’ve been stuck in this reality mode since the 1960s ended. But, just in case you tune in, Dr. Leary, there’s a fascinating variant of that “Twilight Zone”-like mind trip in director Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” a tale of alien visitation with a tricky twist. It’s the surprise answer to the brainteaser it never asks.

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Automatic Medicare Advantage enrollment causes confusion

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ll be 65 in a few months and I recently pre-enrolled in original Medicare. But last week, I received a member card in the mail for a Medicare Advantage plan that I did not enroll in. What’s going on? Medicare is so confusing with all the different choices, and now it seems like I’m getting automatically enrolled in a plan I didn’t even choose. Is this a scam?

New to Medicare [Read more…]

Daughters of American Republic thank veterans

Observer courtesy photo Lt. Col. Judy Boyd, U.S. Army (left),  with honoree Jane McCauley, former Petty Officer 1st Class, U.S. Navy.

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Lt. Col. Judy Boyd, U.S. Army (left), with honoree Jane McCauley, former Petty Officer 1st Class, U.S. Navy.

By Betty Ann Andrews

Special to the Observer

Williston residents Sarah Corry, Cynthia Coy, Betty Packer and Susanna Pratt, along with members of the Green Mountain Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, hosted 23 service members and veterans from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines on Saturday, Nov. 5. This number included 10 veterans of the Vietnam War.

Certificates of appreciation were distributed to each guest, and a lapel pin issued by the Department of Defense was presented to those who had served in Vietnam.

Nationally, the DAR is making an effort to honor the men and women who served in Vietnam on the 40th anniversary of the end of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.

One honoree in attendance was Harold Bergeron of Essex Junction, who at 101 is Vermont’s oldest living veteran. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army while being transported to the Battle of the Bulge on Christmas Eve, 1944 on the ship Leopoldville. During this mission a German U-boat torpedoed his ship. Over 700 men were lost. Bergeron has received the Bronze Star, a certificate of merit and the French Foreign Legion Medal of Honor. The sinking of the Leopoldville was kept secret for many years, but readers may learn more about it at: nww2m.com/2014/12/70th-anniversary-of-leopoldville-troopship-disaster/  or  armed-guard.com/leopold.html.

Jane McCauley, 95, was also honored for her service in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  She worked with Sen. Jim Jeffords, also a military veteran, to have a portion of I-91 named the “Women Veterans Memorial Highway.”.The keynote speaker was Marie Milord, herself a military veteran, who has been the supervisor of the South Burlington Veterans’ Center since 2012. One of 300 such centers nationwide, it offers free services to veterans and their families. It is open Monday through Saturday, and has recently relocated to 19 Gregory Drive, Suite 201, South Burlington.

DAR provides volunteer services for our nation’s veterans while they are cared for at VA health care facilities and Chapter members were thanked for donating items each year for use by the veterans at the White River Junction Veteran’s Hospital.

The Vermont DAR is a service organization open to any woman descended from an individual who aided the American cause for freedom during the American Revolution.  Vermont Daughters support the DAR mission by promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing the future through educational opportunity for children.

Betty Ann Andrews is the Vermont chair of Service to America and a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR invites inquiries regarding membership. Please contact Karen Mayer for information at myr1129@cs.com.

Healthy Food for Two

By Ania Robertson

A Thanksgiving tradition

At Thanksgiving, everyone is bustling in the kitchen preparing traditional dishes. You can’t miss cranberry sauce on the table. Although many cooks guard their recipes, there are exceptions. My best friend Joanna shared her recipe for this wonderful, refreshing cranberry sauce that’s traditionally served with turkey. I just added some Ayurvedic magic to enhance the flavor, and to add warming qualities that are crucial for maintaining good health during the chillier months. [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for more information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.

All Ages News [Read more…]

‘Me and You’ at the Brick Church Music Series

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On Nov. 18, the Brick Church music series presented ‘Me & You,’ a musical evening featuring (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) pianist/vocalist Marie Claire and guitarist/vocalist Brett Hughes, whose selection was drawn from legendary duos such as Tammy Wynette and George Jones, and Johnny Cash and June Carter. Kevin Macneil Brown of Big Hat No Cattle also performed, and David Yandell, one of the coordinators of the music series, spoke to the audience. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section at willistonobserver.com.