April 20, 2014

Popcorn: “Noah” Not Quite the Living End

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April 17th, 2014

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

“Noah” Not Quite the Living End

Director Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” is compelling more as a curiosity piece than an edifying entertainment. Fraught with potential pitfalls by the very nature of the undertaking, any artistic work claiming to represent Holy Writ is bound to encounter tons of righteous indignation. Ask the great painters.

 

But Mr. Aronofsky, disregarding the standard advice that one should steer clear of discussing religion, business or politics, apparently decided that a benign discussion of the weather wouldn’t make for much of a feature film. So he bites the apple and invokes the moviemaker’s version of original sin.

 

The upshot is, not bad, not great…the effort certain to be met with subjective opinion. The question is, regardless of whether you subscribe to a literal or a metaphoric explanation, just how valid can any filmic interpretation of so provocative a teaching be?

 

Perhaps trying to please a general consensus that simply doesn’t exist, Mr. Aronofsky imparts no especially divergent, radically creative or particularly enticing theories. Oh, he takes liberties all right, like making The Watchers, a group of fallen angels who help Noah fend off the incursions of super sinner Tubal-cain, appear like some ancient, stone-like variation of Transformers.

 

Of course, he fills gaps within the overall saga with a soap opera plot, presumably to make matters more theatrical for us mortals. Not to worry…there are no car chase scenes.

 

However, what constitutes but four chapters in “Genesis” and is expanded to two hours and eighteen minutes for the silver screen, should be recognizable, if not necessarily accurate, to believers, non-believers and those still undecided. Although Aronofsky’s telling adds no profoundly novel wrinkles of its own, there is a decided emphasis. It is the tussle between good and evil, and between right and wrong. Sayeth Aronofsky, they are not the same.

 

Using Noah’s mission as example of what we humans find ourselves confronting on a daily basis, the filmmaker examines the anguish of trying to do the right thing whilst attempting to discern just exactly what that noble goal is. Russell Crowe, who puts in a journeyman performance as the title shipbuilder, embodies this mental wrestling match with notable aplomb. For those of a mind, the comparative mulling of human ethics and the religious laws as they’ve been taught to us affords the gray matter a workout.

 

Counterpoised to the goodness that earned Noah his assignment is the kind of miscreant that prompted the apocalypse in the first place. Tubal-cain, effectively portrayed by Ray Winstone, is a formidable villain, and probably more than a little crazy. I mean, he knows the score and still, shaking his fists at the heavens, figures he can prevail anyway. But sure as rain, the deluge comes.

 

At this point my mind couldn’t help but segue to probably the only time the Goldberger clan attended the movies en masse. It was to see “The Ten Commandments” (1956), The Adams Theatre, Newark, N.J., reserved seats and all. When the Red Sea parted, wowee! Now, perhaps time has made me a bit jaded, however, while I wouldn’t want to attempt swimming through Mr. Aronofsky’s watery torrent, I expected something much more magnificent.

 

And therein I suspect, dear reader, lies the film’s major problem. The director strives within the miasma of spiritual legend to achieve some sort of essentially inexpressible realism….hence creating his very own contradiction in terms. If you give it some thought, what enchants us most about Biblical tales is the mysticism, the magic, the straight up divine intervention. Trying to establish some gauzy subtlety, he forsakes the miracle for an imagined authenticity.

 

Otherwise, the art direction proposes a very stark and rather barren landscape…a place that has, alas, drifted afar of the garden. That is until a forest, thanks to the intercession of granddad Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins), sprouts up just in the nick of time to supply Noah with the lumber he will be requiring. Engineering and nautical types will be disappointed by the actual building. Here again, I expected something much grander.

 

What we witness for the most part is a very competent director (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”) walking a tightrope of his own making…damned no matter what tack he takes. While managing to slip in some present-minded doctrine and establishing a waste-not, want-not Noah as the first conservationist, Mr. Aronofsky bobs and weaves through the labyrinthine irresolution of political correctness.

 

Philosophical sorts as well as Biblical scholars with time to kill between archeological expeditions might enjoy digging into the director’s dilemma just to see what they can unearth. But whereas strict constructionists are bound to cry blasphemy, folks simply seeking blockbuster entertainment, and who couldn’t care less either way about the flood of controversy “Noah” is engendering, will find the film a rather waterlogged affair.

“Noah,” rated PG-13, is a Paramount Pictures release directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson. Running time: 118 minutes

Everyday Gourmet: Thinker eaters

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April 17th, 2014

By Kim Dannies

Thinker Eaters

There is information and there is knowledge, and they are not the same thing. Knowledge involves the interpretation of information. Nowhere is that more confusing than the subject of nutrition. We are told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and that’s good information. But do we stop and digest that information well enough to develop the knowledge that is truly beneficial to our body?

For example, the number one thing we can do to improve our diet is to shop for fruits and vegetables two or three times a week. Sounds like a pain in the butt, right? But the longer your expensive produce is stored in the fridge, the fewer nutrients it contains. After a week, spinach and watercress lose 50 percent of their folate and 60 percent of their lutein; broccoli loses 62 percent of its flavonoids—crucial nutrient benefits. Farmers’ markets will ease this burden soon, but if shopping that often is impossible, it’s better—nutritionally speaking—to supplement with basic frozen fruits and veggies.

Pairing foods is another area of knowledge to develop. Whenever you eat, think of ways to add leafy greens to your meals. Sure, they are the super-heroes of the nutrition world, but it is often difficult to eat as much as we should. Spinach and kale will happily meld with just about any soup, smoothie, sauté or tomato-based dish. Arugula, watercress and Swiss chard love topping a pizza or tucking inside an omelet. Look before you leap, think before you eat.

Creamy cauliflower & watercress soup

In a soup pot, combine 7 cups water or chicken stock; 1 head of cauliflower, tough center removed and chopped; 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and chopped; 4 cloves garlic, sliced; 1 medium onion, chopped. Simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.

Cool slightly and then puree broth in batches. (If you prefer a chunkier version, do not puree 1-2 cups of the broth.) Season with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. To thin the soup, add a bit of water or stock. Yields 2 generous quarts of soup and freezes well. To serve, heat desired amount of soup. Turn off heat. Rough chop 1-2 fistfuls of fresh watercress and add to soup, along with 1-2 tablespoons butter. Cover; allow watercress to wilt for 2 minutes. Stir and season to taste.
Kim Dannies is a graduate of La Varenne Cooking School in France. She lives in Williston with her husband, Jeff; they have three twenty-something daughters who come and go. For archived Everyday Gourmet columns go to kimdannies.com.

Easter Services

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Ascension Lutheran Church
95 Allen Road, South Burlington
 862-8866
Thursday, April 17: 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday, soup supper and service
Friday, April 18: 7 p.m. Good Friday service
Sunday, April 20: 7:30 –
9 a.m. Pancake breakfast; 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Easter services; 10 a.m. Easter egg hunt for children ages 10 and under.

Burlington United Pentacostal Church
294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington • 860-5828
Sunday, April 20: 10 a.m. Easter drama with music

Christ Memorial Church
999 Essex Road, Williston • 878 7107
Friday, April 18: 7 p.m. Good Friday
Sunday, April 20: 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Easter services

Community Alliance Church
190 Pond Road, Hinesburg • 482-2132
Friday, April 18: 6:30 p.m. Good Friday
Sunday, April 20: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Easter services
Community Lutheran Church
1560 Williston Road, South Burlington • 864-5537
Thursday, April 18: 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday
Friday, April 19: 7 p.m. Good Friday
Sunday, April 20: 6:30, 9:15 and 11 a.m. Easter; 7:30 – 9a.m. Easter breakfast
Essex Alliance Church
37 Old Stage Road,
Essex Junction
878-8213
Sunday, April 20: Easter services at University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Kids programs available.

Faith United Methodist Church
899 Dorset Street, South Burlington
863-6764
Thursday, April 17: 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday with Tenebrae
Friday, April 18: noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Good Friday meditations on the Stations of the Cross
Sunday, April 20: 5:45 a.m. Sunrise Sunday at Wheeler Homestead, 1100 Dorset Street; 9:30 a.m. Easter service

Good Shepard Lutheran Church
273 Route 15, Jericho • 899-3932
Thursday, April 17: 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday
Friday, April 18: 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae
Sunday, April 20: 9 a.m. Easter Sunday Festival worship with brunch

Immaculate Heart of Mary catholic Church
7415 Williston Rd, Williston
878-4513
Thursday, April 17: 7 p.m. Holy Thursday
Friday, April 18: 3 p.m. Good Friday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Richmond; 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross at Immaculate Heart of Mary
Saturday, April 19: 8 p.m. Easter vigil
Sunday, April 20: 8:30 a.m. Easter at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Richmond; 10:30 a.m. Easter at Immaculate Heart of Mary

Jericho Congregational Church
3 Jericho Center, Jericho • 899-4911
Thursday, April 17: 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday
Friday, April 18: noon Good Friday Walk, beginning at St. Thomas Catholic Church
Sunday, April 20: 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Catalyst Church; 8 and 11 a.m. Easter services, extended fellowship at 9:30 a.m. No Sunday School.

Living Hope Christian Church
1037 South Brownell Road, Williston
862-2108
Friday, April 18: 6 p.m. Passover Seder meal
Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. Easter service, musical

Richmond Congregational Church
20 Church St., Richmond • 434-2053
Thursday, April 17: 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday
Friday, April 18: 12 p.m. Church open for prayer; 5 p.m. Friday food
Saturday, April 19: 7 p.m. Easter Eve service
Sunday, April 20: 7 a.m. Sunrise Service at Volunteer’s Green; 10 a.m. Easter service

St. Jude Parish
Route 116, Hinesburg • 482-2290
Thursday, April 17: 7 p.m. Holy Thursday
Friday, April 18: 3 p.m. Ecumenical service; 7 p.m. Good Friday
Saturday, April 19: 8 p.m. Easter vigil
Sunday, April 20: 9:30 a.m. Easter service; 8 and 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Charlotte

Trinity Baptist Church
300 Trinity Drive, Williston
878-8118
Friday, April 18: 7 p.m. Easter Musical Drama
Sunday, April 20: 10 a.m. Easter service; 6 p.m. Easter Musical Drama

Trinity Episcopal Church
5171 Shelburne Road, Shelburne
985-2269
Sunday, April 20: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist; church open for meditation 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Williston Church of the Nazarene
30 Morgan Pkwy., Williston
878-8591
Sunday, April 20: 10:45 a.m. Easter service

Williston Federated Church
44 North Williston Road, Williston
878-5792
Sunday, April 20: 6:30 a.m. Sonrise Service at home of Tony and Susan Lamb, 24 Beebe Lane; 9:30 a.m. Service of Resurrection

HUB Happenings

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April 17th, 2014

Vermont State Colleges trustees appoint interim president
The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees recently appointed Dan Smith as interim president at Vermont Technical College. Smith was appointed through June 30, 2015 as the college seeks to recover sound financial footing in the coming year prior to any search for a permanent president.
Smith has been serving as acting president of the college since Nov. 15. Smith previously served as the director of community relations and public policy for the Vermont State Colleges system. A native of Middlesex, Smith has served as the director of community relations and public policy at the Vermont State Colleges since October 2010.

Michael Januszczyk

Michael Januszczyk

Januszczyk a partner at Rose Computers
David Rose, president of Rose Computers, announced that Michal Januszczyk has become a partner in the business. Januszczyk becomes executive vice president and CTO, while Rose remains president and CEO. Januszczyk has been with the firm for over four years as service delivery manager and, most recently, chief engineer.
Prior to joining Rose Computers, Januszczyk held various IT positions at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Harley Davidson and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
“I am very pleased to have Michal as a partner in the firm,” Rose said, “He is a fantastic engineer with great work ethic, and a wonderful human being.”

Parker joins LORD
LORD Corporation announced the recent addition of Collin Parker as marketing communications specialist on the LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems team. Parker brings more than 20 years of marketing and communications expertise to LORD MicroStrain.
Prior to joining LORD Corporation, Parker spent five years as marketing director at Essex Resort & Spa in Essex, after starting his career as a broadcast journalist. He also served several years as a public relations coordinator at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the region’s largest hospital.

 Vermont unemployment 3.7 percent in February
The Vermont Department of Labor announced March 28 that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February 2014 was 3.7 percent. This represents a decrease of three-tenths of a percent from the January rate of 4.0 percent. The comparative national average was 6.7 percent, which was up one-tenth of a percent from January. February 2014 data represents the fifth consecutive reported monthly decrease to the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was the fifth lowest in the country.

VSECU engages members in charitable giving
Vermont credit union VSECU recently donated $23,000 to Vermont charities through the We Care 2 Program. More than 7,000 credit union members cast votes to help direct this portion of VSECU’s charitable contributions.
This year’s We Care 2 Program received 49 applications from charities from across the state of Vermont for consideration. The five finalists selected by VSECU’s Community Contributions Committee were NCSS Youth in Transition, Rutland Community Cupboard, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Therapy Dogs of Vermont and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
A check for $10,000 was awarded to each of the two winners, NCSS Youth in Transition and Therapy Dogs of Vermont. NCSS Youth in Transition will use the funds for emergency care packages for homeless and at risk youth. The donation to Therapy Dogs will enable the organization to add two locations for training, testing and certification of qualified teams that offer comfort and enrich lives of Vermonters of all ages. The three runners-up were each presented with a $1,000 donation.

David Hurwitt

David Hurwitt

Renewable NRG Systems hires VP of global marketing

Renewable NRG Systems, a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the global renewable energy industry, has named David Hurwitt vice president of global marketing and product development.
Hurwitt has served in leadership roles at multinational companies including GE Energy, Whirlpool, Diamond Brands, and Pillsbury, and he was the executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Optiwind. Prior to joining Renewable NRG Systems, he was the principal at Kenilworth Development Group, a growth consulting practice based in Canton, Conn.

Vermont official honored with EPA Clean Air Excellence Award
Richard A. Valentinetti of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources was honored earlier this month by EPA with a national “2014 Clean Air Excellence Award” for “Outstanding Individual Achievement.”
Valentinetti is the longest-serving state air director in the country. During his lengthy career, he has demonstrated a lasting commitment to improving air quality in Vermont and within New England. His award was the only one for an individual, and was announced along with recognition for nine projects from across the United States for work on clean air and climate initiatives that protect Americans’ health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities and stimulate the economy.

John Michael Hall

John Michael Hall

Hall to Lead CVAA
Champlain Valley Agency on Aging announced last week that John Michael Hall will be its new executive director, beginning in July. Hall is currently the senior director for the National Association of States United for Aging & Disabilities. Previously, he was the director of integrated health systems at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and served as secretary of the Department of Aging and Office of Long-Term Living in Pennsylvania.
Kathi Monteith, CVAA Board President, led the national search for a replacement for retiring Executive Director John Barbour. “Mike Hall is the ideal person to lead CVAA in new directions in programs and services for seniors in Vermont. The board, staff and volunteers welcome Mike as the leader to take the organization into the future.”

Efficiency Vermont Named 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Efficiency Vermont has been named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award honors Efficiency Vermont’s Efficient Products program for its achievements in cutting energy use and associated pollution. Efficiency Vermont was one of only eight utilities nationwide to receive the Partner of the Year designation.
Efficiency Vermont will be recognized in Washington, D.C. at a ceremony on April 29.

People’s United awards $12,000
The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced recently that it has awarded $12,000 to Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity to support its Growing Money Program.
With free financial classes and coaching, the Growing Money Program helps low- and moderate-income participants reach their financial goals, improve their credit scores and identify areas for saving. Individuals learn to manage spending, create a budget, access banking products and services, how to work with creditors and avoid predatory lending. Last year, the program served more than 650 participants.
CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.

THE HUB: New Texas Roadhouse owners settle in

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April 17th, 2014

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent
Eric and Lila Bourgeois said they saw an opportunity suddenly crop up as winter prepared to settle into Vermont.
The couple lived in the Saratoga, N.Y. area and Eric Bourgeois worked at the local Texas Roadhouse restaurant. He’d helped open several of them in recent years.
The Texas Roadhouse in Williston had gone up for sale. It was time to try actually owning a restaurant.
“It became available, we looked into it and we decided to take it. That’s it,” Lila Bourgeois said.
With financial backing from the Louisville, Ky.-based Texas Roadhouse corporate offices, Eric Bourgeois, 43, bought the Williston restaurant and the couple has settled nicely into the town’s business community, said Lila Bourgeois, who works as the Williston Texas Roadhouse marketing director and sort of Jill of All Trades.
“It’s been great,” she said.
The roughly 240-seat restaurant has 90 to 100 employees, many of them full time, though several work part time, as they are college students trying to earn some extra cash.
The couple made no major changes to the Williston Texas Roadhouse when they took it over, but kept the lively atmosphere and menu common in the restaurant’s roughly 425 locations across the nation.
Lila Bourgeois, 44, said the couple are attracted to Texas Roadhouse because the fare isn’t cookie-cutter, pre-packaged food common in some chain restaurants. She said meat is butchered on site every day, and the bread is baked daily as well. “All of our sides are made from scratch,” she said.
And, she said, it’s economical. She also said the restaurant has a fun, lively, family-friendly vibe, which Bourgeois said makes it a great place to work. According to Glassdoor, a career-search website, Texas Roadhouse is among the 50 best places in America to work.
A staple of Texas Roadhouse restaurants, including the one in Williston, is the occasional moment when employees break out into line dancing.
Bourgeois said another perk of having her husband own the restaurant is that she can participate in many community events.
The restaurant donates food and services to charities such as local churches, schools and non-profits including Relay For Life.

THE HUB: Free summer classes open to area businesses at CCV

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The Community College of Vermont is offering several 3-credit, undergraduate courses at select center locations this summer to businesses at no-cost. Funding for these courses is provided through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program.
Principles of Supervision is geared toward supervisors, managers and employees who are ready for leadership positions according to their employers. Topics covered in this course include communication, goal setting, delegation, time and stress management, performance appraisal, the hiring process, motivation and responses to technology.
Principles of Supervision is offered at the following times and locations:
Montpelier
Thursdays, 5 – 7 p.m., May 22 – July 31Tuesdays, 5:30 – 9 p.m. June 3 – Aug. 19

Middlebury
Tuesdays, 5 – 8:15 p.m., May 21 – Aug. 5

Winooski
Wednesdays, 6 – 9 p.m., May 21-Aug. 20

In addition, two free online classes are open to the public, Professional Financial Literacy and Introduction to Internet Marketing, and are being offered May 20 – Aug. 5.
Classes are filling quickly. To enroll, contact [email protected]

THE HUB: Williston company climbing to the highest peaks

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Caroline George (left) sports a pair of Julbo glasses during a mountaineering expedition.

Caroline George (left) sports a pair of Julbo glasses during a mountaineering expedition.

April 17th, 2014

By Phyl Newbeck
Observer correspondent
When you watch freeride skiing pioneer Glen Plake, the first question that probably comes to mind is how does he keep his trademark Mohawk so high. We can’t answer that one, but we can answer any question you might have about his eyewear.
Plake wears goggles made by a company called Julbo, whose U.S. office is based right here in Williston. Plake isn’t the only famous athlete to sport Julbos. High-altitude mountaineer Ed Viesturs, who recently became the first American to climb all 14 of the world’s highest mountains without supplemental oxygen, wears its mountaineering glasses.
Julbo is a third generation French optical company that started in the 1850s making shades for crystal hunters in the Alps who were searching for gems to bring down the mountain to the tourists. The company’s headquarters is in Europe, but in 1974, Climb High of Shelburne began distributing Julbo’s products in the U.S. In 2002, Nick Yardley set up shop in Williston to create Julbo USA, the exclusive distributor of Julbo eyewear in this country. The Williston location serves as an office and warehouse distribution center. All the company’s domestic shipping is done from its Avenue D location.
Yardley said the company’s biggest impact has been in the mountaineering market, creating glasses for those summiting major peaks like Mount Everest. Three years ago, Julbo began to manufacture ski goggles and now it also carries performance sunglasses for runners, mountain bikers and other athletes, as well as prescription glasses. The company has also added a line of high quality children’s sunglasses. Yardley noted that while adults are aware of the need to protect their eyes from harmful rays, they often neglect to protect their children, whose eyes are significantly more sensitive.
Yardley said the company’s biggest strength is its photochromatic lenses, which change from light to dark depending on the UV light.
“There has been a strong emphasis on interchangeable lenses in the sports world,” he said “but that’s very dysfunctional because you don’t have time to change lenses when you’re cycling from a field into a forest or skiing from bright light into fog.”
Previously, photochromatic lenses were made with a coating, which fades over time, but Julbo’s product has the dye within the lens so it can’t scratch, burn off or fade. Yardley used the example of a ski patroller who starts his or her morning with trail checks in dim light and then skis through the day under bright sunlight before ending his or her shift with a sweep run which might be in the dark.
“They can use these goggles all day long in white-out and bluebird bright skies,” he said. “It becomes a very versatile tool for the serious outdoor user.”
Locally, Julbo products can be purchased at Outdoor Gear Exchange, EMS and the Optical Center on Church Street. The latter specializes in children’s eyewear and prescription products. Julbo USA is involved in a variety of local events, including the summer trail running series at Catamount Family Center. This year, they will also sponsor a new event called the Catamount Ultra, a 50-kilometer trail run at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.
Serena Wilcox of Burlington, the first woman to cross the finish line at the annual 100-mile trail run in Windsor in 2011, is a believer. She wears a wide assortment of Julbo products including “everyday glasses” and ones designed for hiking, running and biking.
“I love the way they change from darker to lighter depending on the light I am in,” she said. “The glasses fit my face well, are lightweight and are great for trail running and biking.”
Andrea Charest, owner of Petra Cliffs in Burlington, also swears by Julbo sunglasses for rock and ice climbing and ski touring.
“The way they change color is perfect for every condition in the mountains,” she said.
One of New England’s top alpine climbers, Kevin Mahoney of New Hampshire, agrees.
“Julbo has been great for me for the simple reason of laziness,” he said. “I like putting on my sunglasses in the morning and leaving them on all day. Simplicity and performance is the best combination.”

One of Julbo’s biggest advantages, says U.S. distributor Nick Yardley, is its photochromatic lenses, which change from light to dark depending on the UV light.

One of Julbo’s biggest advantages, says U.S. distributor Nick Yardley, is its photochromatic lenses, which change from light to dark depending on the UV light.

Sports Roundup

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April 17th, 2014

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

CVU tennis teams netting a spring break
The Champlain Valley Union High tennis teams took 3-1 records into Wednesday’s scheduled matches with Rice Memorial High, the boys at the home Davis Park courts in Shelburne while the girls were on the road.
The matches were their last until Monday (April 28) following the spring break.
Both teams won Monday, the defending Division 1 champion girls beating Burlington High 6-1 at Davis Park while the boys tripped the Seahorses 4-3 at BHS’s Leddy Park home courts.
Last week, the girls lost their first match in a couple of seasons, 5-2 to South Burlington, but recovered nicely against BHS.
Winning all five singles matches were Kathy Joseph, Leah Epstein, MacKenzie Buckman, Elyse Killkelley and Isabelle Angstman.
The team of Erika Barth and Vina Nguyen scored a doubles victory.
The boys’ victory came on singles triumphs by George Lomas and Joey O’Brien, while the doubles combinations of David Huber-Stephen Asch and Louie Daub-Ryan Schneiderman were winners.
CVU track and field team has some time off
Following their scheduled home meet Wednesday afternoon, the Champlain Valley Union High track and field team will be literally cooling its heels, jets, muscles and batons until April 30 (a Wednesday) when it travels to North Country Union for a four-school event.
Last week, the Redhawks opened the season with a stunning 23 first places, 14 of those by the girls in rolling past Enosburg High, Hazen Union and Lamoille Union.
Zach Akey was the lone Redhawk double victory, taking the boys 100 and 200 dashes. Peter Hibbeler won the 300 hurdles and took second in the 100 hurdles.
On the girls’ side, CVU won four individual races (Haliana Burhans,100; Sadie Casale, 200; Autumn Eastman, 800; Sophia Gorman 1,500) and swept the three relay events.
Rachel Slimovitch, second in the 800, won the pole vault. Jessie Johnson won the triple jump and was runner-up on the vault.
According to assistant coach Scott Bliss, it was a challenging day for runners with high and gusty winds a definite factor.

Nordic coaches honor seven CVU skiers
Champlain Valley Union High Nordic skiers picked up seven Division 1 All-Star selections as chosen by the coaches.
From the girls team, Autumn Eastman, Cally Braun and Rachel Slimovitch gained first team awards while Tatum Braun earned honorable mention.
First team winners among the boys were Thomas Clayton, Charlie Maitland and Cooper Wilsey.

2nd unbeaten season for CVU JV girls hoops

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April 17th, 2014

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
The recently completed girls basketball season was a 24-0 prefecto for the varsity.
But the junior varsity and the freshman teams were sipping the same orange juice—the jayvees put up a second straight 20-0 mark while coach Katie Kuntz’ freshmen went 12-0.
That’s an overall 56-0 mark, which, as the old saying goes, is not at all shabby.
Jayvee coach Kathy Kohlasch said in a recent phone chat with the Observer that both the junior varsity and freshman groups “played well as teams.”
The jayvees were dominant all season, knocking down 1,047 points for an average of about 52 while allowing just 420, or 21 per outing. That’s some serious bopping.
Top scorer was sophomore guard-forward Amanda Daniels with 148 points, followed closely by sophomore guard Madison Randall with 132. Freshman forward Abby Thut had 120, sophomore forward Catherine Cazayoux 118, while freshman forward Marlee Gunn and sophomore forward-guard Maeve Higgins each bagged 116 tallies.
Leading rebounders included Thut, sophomore Emma Frost and sophomore Lia Gagliuso.
Kohlasch said the top playmakers were Randall, sophomore Vina Nguyen and sophomore Annie Keen.
Dropping long buckets from out deep were junior Makayla Merchant and sophomore Emma Hess.
Defense is more than just a word with the program and among super active defenders were Higgins and Cazayoux.
Sophomore Annabella Pugliese, on the varsity roster, saw some playing minutes with the jayvees. Daniels and Randall dressed with the varsity during the four-game playoff season while Higgins and Gagliuso practiced with the big team during the postseason.
Kohlasch is optimistic about the future prospects for players on both jayvee and freshman rosters.

PHOTOS: CVU boys lacrosse

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Alex Bulla takes a shot on the Essex goal during Saturday’s game. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Alex Bulla takes a shot on the Essex goal during Saturday’s game. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Zach Evans stays out of the reach of his Essex defender on Saturday.

Zach Evans stays out of the reach of his Essex defender on Saturday.

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