April 22, 2019

Guest Column: A better model for primary care

John McClaughry

The legislature is debating how fast to propel the state into the new adventure of universal coverage for primary health care services.

The current proposal (S.53) directs the Green Mountain Care Board and the usual “stakeholders” to deliver a report by January 2019, followed by a “draft operational plan” a year thereafter. Single-payer advocates are furious that the bill doesn’t decree single-payer primary care right now. [Read more…]

Holcombe to step down from education agency

Rebecca Holcombe

By Anne Galloway

For VTDigger

Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe will leave her post on April 1, according to the governor’s office.

In a statement, Gov. Phil Scott thanked Holcombe for her service to the state. [Read more…]

McGuire gets new three-year contract

Observer file photo
Williston Town Manager
Rick McGuire

McGuire gets new three-year contract

The Williston Selectboard voted unanimously last Tuesday to enter into a new three-year employment contract with Town Manager Rick McGuire.

McGuire has been town manager in Williston for 20 years. [Read more…]

CVU grad launches campaign for state Senate

Alex Farrell

By Elizabeth Gribkoff

For VTDigger

Chittenden County does not appear to be fertile ground for rising stars of the Republican Party. The county’s six senators are Democrats, and only six of its 40 state representatives are Republicans. [Read more…]

Essential oils?

Observer photo by Jason Starr
A CBD production display at Natural Provisions in Williston. CBD products have been the fastest growing segment of the store’s wellness department over the past year.

Cannabis extract continues its roll in Chittenden County

By Jason Starr

Observer staff [Read more…]

“Love, Simon”

You’ve Got Blackmail

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

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7 tips for managing diabetes

Staying healthy can be a challenge, especially for those living with diabetes. Everyone can have conflicts finding the right balance of partaking in healthy habits, such as exercise, eating well and even keeping your teeth and gums clean. From stress to self-care, life can be up and down when you’re living with diabetes.

These seven tips from Dr. Natalie Strand, the winner of season 17 of “The Amazing Race” who lives with diabetes herself, can help you stay healthy and lead a balanced life while managing your diabetes. [Read more…]

How to choose a memory care unit

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

My mom has Alzheimer’s disease and has gotten to the point that she can’t live at home any longer. I need to find a good memory care residential unit. Any suggestions?

Exhausted Daughter

Dear Exhausted,

Choosing a good memory care residential unit for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is a very important decision that requires careful evaluation and some homework. [Read more…]


By Jan Kenney

Slow Cookin’ with John Wayne

I am always looking for new recipes to use with my crock pot. Opening up the front door and being hit with the aroma of a delicious meal already prepared at the end of the day is like taking a mini-vacation. So, when this one popped up on Pinterest the other day, the name caught my attention and I thought I would give it a try. [Read more…]

Vermont oratorical champ heads to Indy

Elliott Rice, a Lake Champlain Waldorf High School senior and grandson of Jim and Lucy McCullough of Williston’s Catamount Outdoor Family Center, won the Vermont Oratorical Championships on March 10 in White River Junction.

[Read more…]