July 20, 2019

“Crazy Rich Asians”

Poor Little Rich Millennials

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


There you are, standing on your porch, looking for either a pickup truck or a van to pull up, something a handyman might drive. It’s just a little job…the repair and painting of the front steps. Twenty minutes pass, as do numerous workmen…none of them looking for your house. ‘He said he’d be here,’ you grumble, steaming about the déjà vu of it all. More time passes. Finally, as it becomes apparent he isn’t showing, you issue the bourgeoisie lament: ‘If I were crazy rich he’d sure be here.’ [Read more…]

Mud motivation

Makenzie Detch gives two thumbs up during an Aug. 12 mud volleyball tournament in Essex to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont. Detch, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School, was part of a team sponsored by the Williston Hannaford market, where she is a cashier. The Williston Hannaford team placed fourth in the tournament, held annually on Chapin Road.

Observer courtesy photo

Chittenden County Road Work

For the week ending Sept. 1.

South Burlington

Water and sewer work at the corner of Swift and Farrell streets will reduce traffic to one lane with traffic control present. Motorists can expect minor delays through October. [Read more…]

No-Box Mac ‘n Cheese

No-Box Mac ‘n Cheese

By Jan Kenney

It’s the beginning of the school year and finding time to cook dinner become more complicated. It is awful easy to resort to boxed meals and fast food — and sometimes there’s no way around that.

I know my kids love boxed mac n’ cheese, and its an easy compromise some days, but they like my homemade version more and its a lot healthier and really, not that much more difficult to make. I also know that it doesn’t contain unhealthy additives or fillers.

In this particular version I add a can of diced tomatoes flavored with garlic and basil. At first they weren’t too sure of the “red chunks” but they’ve grown to accept a little healthy vegetable invading their perennial favorite.

Aunt Jan’s Tomato Mac ‘n cheese [Read more…]

Tech items every savvy Baby Boomer needs

By Lisa M. Cini

Special to the Observer

As you get older, daily tasks can become increasingly difficult. There are many gadgets on the market that can make life easier for baby boomers. The following are a few interesting gadgets you may want to have to make your daily life a bit easier.

Have a Security System Installed [Read more…]

Finding clinical trials

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What can you tell me about clinical trials and how to go about finding one?

Old and Ill

Dear Old,

[Read more…]

Free your trees to thrive

Crop tree release’ may be the best use of your forest management time

By Ethan Tapper

Special to the Observer

My woodlot in Bolton was logged in the 1980s. Through a practice known as “diameter-limit cutting,” all trees above a certain diameter (probably 11 or 14 inches) were cut. My land is a good site for growing red and white oak, white and red pine, red spruce and hemlock, but this harvest removed most trees of these species, creating a forest of mostly unhealthy beech and red maple. [Read more…]

Fall team previews

A group of runners heads out for their first run on the first day of cross country at CVU


Coach: Scott Bliss (19th season)

Last season: Fourth in the Division I state meet

Key returnees: Jared Leonard, senior; Gavin Schaaf, sophomore; Skyler Heininger, sophomore; Alec Mogielnicki, senior; Seamus Higgins, senior; Dylan Gooley, senior. [Read more…]

Battling back

Observer photo by Al Frey
The CVU football team works through agility drills at a recent practice.

CVU football hopes to prove last season was a one-year blip

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

After a run to the Division I semifinals two years ago, the Champlain Valley Union High School football team had high expectations for last season.

The Redhawks fell short of their goals, stumbling to a 3-6 record.

This year, Champlain Valley is out to prove last year was a fluke. [Read more…]

Nate Godbout: junior juggler

Nate Godbout makes a sliding stop on the first day of soccer at CVU. Nate plans to participate on both golf snd soccer teams this fall.

Nate Godbout watches his put attempt on the on the first day of CVU golf at the Kwiniaska Golf Club. Nate plans to participate on both golf snd soccer this fall.

Athlete is playing golf and soccer this season

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Last year, Nate Godbout was disappointed in his performance in the Vermont golf state championships. [Read more…]