March 21, 2019

Popcorn: “The Comedian”

Requiem for a Funnyman

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to unitedwaynwvt.galaxydigital.com to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners, or contact United Way at volctr@unitedwaynwvt.org or 860-1677 [Read more…]

Five tips to prevent falls this winter

By Jonathan Kaspar

Special to the Observer

The winter months bring opportunities for joyous celebrations with family and friends. Those cold months also bring the risk of serious injuries due to falls. Astonishingly, half of seniors are “frequent fallers,” and one third of seniors fall every year. As falls can result in serious injuries such as hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries, fall prevention is a must for those over 65 years of age. [Read more…]

How to guard against Medicare fraud

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What are the steps seniors need to take if they suspect Medicare fraud?

Suspicious Sandy [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Lucy McCullough

Sweet memories

The thought of a poppyseed cake came to mind and I haven’t been able to shake it. I haven’t baked this particular cake since the early 1980s. After a period of searching for where I had seen the recipe so long ago, I found it in one of my favorite cookbooks of that time period, “The Moosewood Cookbook,” by Mollie Katzen. No glaze, frosting or icing necessary. Great served plain with a cup of coffee or tea. But if you must, a lemon icing “takes the cake.” [Read more…]

Arts & Entertainment

Observer courtesy photo For the second year in row, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library staff, volunteers, trustees and Friends of the Library members display their handiwork at the library.

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For the second year in row, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library staff, volunteers, trustees and Friends of the Library members display their handiwork at the library.

Work of Julie McGowan at library

Julie J. McGowan, a local and a contemporary Hudson River School and Luminist oil painter, gave a presentation about the nation’s first landscape artists on Monday at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. She discussed the techniques and basic palette they used, and what makes the 19th century painters so important today. McGowan’s artwork is on display this month at the library.

Call to Artists: Brick Church Music Series

Local artist Nancy Stone is putting out a call for artists who want to participate in a one-night art show held monthly in conjunction with the Brick Church Music Series for the next season. She has openings from November to April and can send interested participants information explaining what a fun, simple process it is. All artists receive free tickets for themselves and a guest.

Funding for Vermont artists and organizations

Funding is now available for Vermont artists and arts organizations through the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund awards grants up to $5,000 to support the creation and presentation of new work by Vermont artists and arts organizations. Grants are typically made in the fields of dance; theater; music composition and performance; creative writing, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays; sculpture; painting; photography; and film, although work in other media may also be eligible. Individual artists are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. Visit vermontcf.org/availablegrants to learn more.

Library volunteers, staff reveal their handwork

Currently on display at the library, along with McGowan’s work, are pieces crafted by staff, volunteers, trustees and Friends of the Library members. It’s the second year in what is becoming an annual tradition of volunteers willing to share their personal arts and crafts pieces.

The staff arts and crafts will be in the main foyer display cabinets throughout the month of February. The items can be made by any member of the family, not just the library volunteer/staff person, and can be gifts the contributor received from someone else, and they can be new or very, very old. Little written explanations accompany each item on display.Stop by this month and take a peek.

— Jess Wisloski, Observer staff

How summer camps redefine ‘play’ for children

Observery courtesy photo CAmps specialize in helping children learn how to learn, work and play outside and connect campers to the natural world. At most, summer camps, the out-of-doors is the classroom and being surrounded by nature is an important sensory experience that sets the stage for learning.

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CAmps specialize in helping children learn how to learn, work and play outside and connect campers to the natural world. At most, summer camps, the out-of-doors is the classroom and being surrounded by nature is an important sensory experience that sets the stage for learning.

By Bette Bussel

Special to the Observer

Children are spending far fewer hours in the out-of-doors than their parents and grandparents once did. Time outdoors during the school year happens in parks and playgrounds, in organized sports or as part of the curriculum. But, many children are kept too busy to “go out to play.” For others, it’s simply not safe or possible to play outside alone or with a group of other children. [Read more…]

Girls stomp So. Burlington

Jaime Vachon makes a foul shot during CVU's game versus So Burlington on Friday the 10th.

Jaime Vachon makes a foul shot during CVU’s game versus So Burlington on Friday the 10th.

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Redhawks top Hilltoppers

Coach Mike Osborne gives instructions to his troops durring CVU's game versus St Johnsbury Academy on Monday the 13th at CVU

Coach Mike Osborne gives instructions to his troops durring CVU’s game versus St Johnsbury Academy on Monday the 13th at CVU

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CVU week in sports

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Boys Basketball

Champlain Valley 57,
St. Johnsbury 52
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