December 19, 2014

Recipe Corner: Christmas treats

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By Ginger Isham

Many years ago, I had a fruitcake recipe that I made for the holidays right after Thanksgiving. It made three loaves and kept very well, soaked with rum. The following recipe is my substitute until I find the real thing again.

Fruitcake Squares
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
3/4 cup each green and red candied cherries, halved
1/2 cup chopped candied pineapple
3/4 cup chopped dates
1 cup pecan halves
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Pour melted butter into a 9×13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle wafer crumbs evenly over butter. Arrange cherries, pineapple, dates and pecans evenly over crumbs. Press down gently over all. Mix milk and vanilla and pour over top. Bake at 350 degrees fro 20-25 minutes.

Merry Christmas Scones
(from a Country Woman magazine 1992)
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cold butter
1 cup eggnog
1 cup pecans  (I use coarsely chopped rather than whole ones)
1/2 cup each green and red candied cherries, cut up
Mix flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter. Stir in eggnog until moist. Add cherries and pecans and mix until all blended. Knead on floured surface 10 times and pat into a round or square shape to about one-half inch thick. Cut into slices and place on baking sheet. Bake in 400-degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool slightly. Make a glaze of confectioners sugar, cream (I use half and half) and rum or vanilla flavoring. You could use eggnog in place of cream.

Verse: Some grandmas have limousines and the biggest homes you’ve every seen.
But my grandma is best by far—for she has a cookie jar!
Merry Christmas all!

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

PHOTOS: Williston’s winter wonderland

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Williston’s recreation path and the surrounding trees were covered in snow on Saturday, after a snowstorm earlier in the week. Observer photo by Al Frey

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Wylie Tharp and Julia Hunt play in the snow.

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A chickadee perches in the trees Friday despite the snow-covered branches. Observer photos by Stephanie Choate.

 

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POPCORN: “The Pyramid” Pointless Horror

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“The Pyramid”

Pointless Horror

½ of a popcorn

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

I have seen my share of horror movies, some gruesome, some absolutely terrifying, others jump- out-of-your-seat shocking and many just plain dumb. But when it comes to simply making its principal characters torturously and unceasingly miserable, director Grégory Levasseur’s “The Pyramid” takes Miss Havisham’s cake. This is typical B-movie horror, structurally unchanged since the sub-genre took form in the 1950s. All that’s missing is the forgivable innocence of nascency and the hokey effects that, in retrospect, made such films laughably campy.

 

There is a serious, unflinching and resultantly untoward determination in this clichéd saga about a group of archaeologists investigating a mysteriously odd, three-sided pyramid buried deep in the Egyptian sands. There is no humor interspersed throughout the cumulatively inundating doom and gloom to put us off guard. It’s just agonizing. We have a good idea where it’s going, and wonder if it isn’t our duty as viewers to invoke the spirit of Dr. Kevorkian so that the movie’s pathetic personae may be put out of their misery.

 

Adding insult to injury, Mr. Levasseur, working from a script by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon, plays dirty pool. You know how at the outset of such fare you predict how many and which of the revulsion’s victims will survive? Well, here the director alters the climax in such a manner so as to render moot said time-honored tradition. I won’t give it away, just in case you have a compulsion to look under this rock for yourself. But suffice it to note, it’s part and parcel of the movie’s mean-spiritedness.

 

Oddly though, what upsets our sense of order if we happen to unexplainably find ourselves in a theater showing “The Pyramid,” is the rather decent acting. The cast, most of whom have primarily plied their craft in television, are able to ever so slightly rise above the unimaginative screenplay and direction, causing us to feel a bit sad for them, and not just for their characters. For example, Ashley Hinshaw as Nora, the offspring part of the illustrious father-daughter archeological team, screams almost throughout the film without it ever seeming fake, poor thing.

 

Well, you have to start somewhere, and hopefully the younger actors here will one day laugh at these humble beginnings, knowing they did the best they could with the hackneyed roles they were given. Specializing in outbursts about getting the heck out of here, James Buckley is Fitzie, the cameraman accompanying pretty documentarian Sunni, portrayed by Christa Nicola. She evidently finds that wearing rather low cut blouses improves her credibility. Playing the resident oldster, Denis O’Hare is Nora’s dad, Holden. He’s worried about his legacy, also poor thing.

 

It’s no sense telling you about the other characters if you follow my drift. I couldn’t help but often lapse elsewhere while the gang struggled to find an exit from the labyrinthine chambers, anterooms and passageways in this Egyptian hardly funhouse. Of course its walls are inscribed with ominous hieroglyphics Holden and daughter stop to decipher in-between harrowing escapes from indigenous, cat-gargoyle things. To facilitate my own survival, I provided comedy relief by channeling films like “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy” (1955).

 

The routine is the same. It’s all about pushing the carved slabs in the right place, and, as Popeye incanted in “Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba’s Forty Thieves” (1937), “Open sez me.” Pity is, these explorers have no Popeye to show the way.

 

Things only get unremittingly dreadful, and then they turn really bad. But get this bit of disgustingness…perhaps the film’s only inventive abhorrence. Guess how these half lizard/half felines have survived all these millennia down deep in the pyramid’s catacombs. Yep, each new generation eats the bunch that spawned them. Frightening? Yes, but not as much as the thought that somewhere in this world there is someone who will decide this is their favorite film…of all time.

 

Worth noting, however, is the unholy cross pollination of horror genres represented in this abysmal mess. Once again, much of the infernal doings are brought to us courtesy of “found footage,” the gimmick controversially popularized by “The Blair Witch Project” (1999). Why the inherent implication of this scare tactic is pessimistic might be apt subject for your doctoral thesis in film at Berkeley, just in case you still haven’t picked a topic. Otherwise, one might be embarrassingly hard put to explain any kind of relationship with “The Pyramid.”

 

Point of disclosure: Horror is far from my preferred genre. Still, I surmise that even folks who salivate in anticipation of each new burnt offering will be reticent to defend this film, a shameless money grab that adds a whole new wrinkle to the term pyramid scheme.

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“The Pyramid,” rated R, is a Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation release directed by Grégory Levasseur and stars Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare and Christa Nicola. Running time: 89 minutes

 

 

 

 

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

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By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I’m wondering if he should be checked out.
—Concerned Spouse

Dear Concerned,
According to recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—an independent panel of medical experts that advises the government on health policies—if your husband is between the ages of 55 and 80, is a current smoker or quit within the last 15 years, and has a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years, he’s at high risk for lung cancer and should talk to his doctor about getting screened.
Pack years are determined by multiplying the number of packs he smoked daily by the number of years he smoked.
You’ll also be happy to know that lung cancer screenings—which are recommended annually to those at risk—will be covered by all private health insurance plans starting in 2015, and Medicare is expected to begin coverage this February or March. The Medicare screening, however, will only cover high-risk beneficiaries through age 74.
Lung cancer kills around 160,000 Americans each year, making it the most deadly of all possible cancers. In fact, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
Lung cancer also occurs predominantly in older adults. About two out of every three people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older, and the risk of lung cancer peaks at age 71.
Lung Cancer Screening
The goal of annual screenings is to detect cancer early before symptoms appear. The five-year survival rate among people with lung cancer when it’s caught in its earliest stage is 77 percent, versus only 4 to 25 percent for people whose cancer has spread.
To get screened for lung cancer, your husband will need a low-dose computed tomography (CT) chest scan, which is a painless, noninvasive test that generates detailed three-dimensional images of his lungs.
For the screening, he will be asked to lie on a table that slides through the center of a large, doughnut shaped scanner that rotates around him to take images. Each scan takes just a few seconds, during which time he’ll be asked to hold his breath, because movement can produce blurred images. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes from start to finish.
You also need to be aware that a lung CT screening has its downsides. First, it exposes you to some radiation—about the same as a mammography, but more that of a chest X-ray.
Lung CT screenings aren’t foolproof either. They can produce a high rate of false-positive results, which means they frequently detect small spots (abnormalities) on the lungs that are suggestive of cancer, but aren’t cancerous. These false alarms lead to more testing and sometimes lung biopsies, as well as unnecessary worry and anxiety.
Prevention
Because smoking causes 80 to 90 percent of all lung cancer cases, the best way to avoid lung cancer is to not smoke, and if you do smoke, quit. Even if you’ve been a smoker for a long time, quitting now still decreases your risk. Other factors that can increase the risk of lung cancer include exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, asbestos and other toxic chemicals or fumes.
For more information on lung cancer screenings, call the American Lung Association at 800-586-4872, or use their online tool (LungCancerScreeningSavesLives.org), which will help you determine if your husband needs to be screened.

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

HUB Happenings

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NEFCU acquires Health One
New England Federal Credit Union of Williston announced last week that it has acquired Health One Credit Union, a financial institution serving communities in Michigan and Ohio. The acquisition, which was finalized on Dec. 12, makes Health One a division of NEFCU and adds more than 3,000 members and $15 million in assets to Vermont’s largest credit union.
NEFCU has more than 91,000 members and $1 billion in assets. The acquisition of Health One is part of NEFCU’s strategy to expand into new markets that provide opportunities for future growth.
Health One Credit Union serves employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield in Michigan, and Medical Mutual in Ohio, in addition to its community charter. The institution was placed into conservatorship in May 2014 by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, which together with the National Credit Union Administration managed Health One prior to the acquisition, according to John Dwyer, president and CEO of NEFCU.
“As a result of NCUA’s intervention, and following a thorough review by our own team, we have found Health One to be a worthwhile addition to NEFCU,” said Dwyer. “In order for us to continue to provide the types of services and technologies that our members have come to expect, it’s important that we look for opportunities for growth that are consistent with our strengths and our strategic goals. Expanding out of state through this acquisition is a sensible approach that will benefit members of both NEFCU and Health One.”

DEW, others honored
The Association of General Contractors of Vermont and the Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association held its 50th Annual Meeting and Best Builder Awards Ceremony on Dec. 2.
The AGC/VT Best Builder Award recipients were:
PC Construction Company for outstanding quality of work and effort in building, new construction category
Kingsbury Companies for outstanding quality of work and effort in specialty, new construction
DEW Construction Corp. for outstanding quality of work and effort in new building, heavy construction
J. P. Sicard Inc. for outstanding quality of work and effort in highway/utility renovation
ST Paving for outstanding innovations in road renovating constructing
Winterset, Inc. for outstanding quality of work and effort in highway, new construction
Bread Loaf Corp for outstanding quality of work and effort in historical renovation, construction

 

NEFCU DONATES TO WILLISTON COMMUNITY FOOD SHELF

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Kyle Bergeron, Evelyn Rivera, and Sue Wainer from New England Federal Credit Union presented a “big check” for $2,500 to the Williston Community Food Shelf last month. On hand to accept the donation were Nancy Leonard, Lois Mason, Ginger Morton, Jen Selwah and Judy Smith.
The Williston Community Food Shelf is dedicated to eliminating hunger in the town of Williston. It is also the primary food shelf serving  St. George, Richmond and Essex. Its mission is to provide high-quality food to those in need in the community, and to connect community members and families with essential support services.
“The Williston Community Food Shelf is truly grateful to New England Federal Credit Union for its continued, very generous support. NEFCU makes a huge impact on our community and helping us fulfill our mission of feeding our hungry neighbors,” said Morton.

GROUPS release business conditions survey results
The Vermont Business Roundtable and Economic & Policy Resources recently announced the third quarter results of their joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey. The survey, which is conducted quarterly, takes a look back at the economic conditions of the previous quarter and provides a predictive index going forward.
The survey asked eight questions about the economic outlook, demand, capital spending and employment. Results include:
For the third quarter in a row, most responses to the overall question about the states business climate outlook were neutral to mildly optimistic
More than half of respondents (56 percent) shared negative outlooks specifically with ease of hiring for available positions
For the third quarter in a row, the manufacturing sector had the most optimistic outlook (67 percent) on expected demand and employment

THE AUTOMASTER RENOVATES BMW SHOWROOM

Jonathan DeBrul, vice president of Automaster

Jonathan DeBrul, vice president of Automaster

The Automaster announced last week the commencement of a total renovation and expansion of its free-standing BMW showroom.
Deconstruction began on Nov. 24. The total renovation will include stripping the existing building down to the structural steel and rebuilding an updated showroom, with an expansion of 980 square feet of new showroom space to the existing footprint. Construction is scheduled for completion on April 20, 2015.
Merchants Trust Company announces hire, promotion
Merchants Trust Company recently announced two employee appointments.
Diane Kline joined Merchants Trust Company as personal investment officer. Kline brings an investment and client services background. She will be based at Merchants Bank’s South Hero branch.
Josh Jarvis was promoted to financial advisor I – trust.  Jarvis joined Merchants Bank in 2011 and has worked for more than a year with trust personal investment accounts.

MERCHANTS BANK HIRES WATSON
Merchants Bank recently announced Jonathan Watson has been hired for the position of audit director. Watson has over ten years of banking experience, including operations, retail and trust. He is a University of Vermont graduate and has earned the Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fiduciary and Investment Risk Specialist designations.
POWELL WINS POWER-GEN 2014 WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
GMP recently announced that President and CEO Mary Powell was named Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year. Judges selected Powell because of how she has advanced the power generation industry, the positive impact she has made on her community and her leadership.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by our industry for the work that is happening in Vermont.  It is truly a gift to get to work every day with an incredible team focused on developing innovative solutions for our customers and communities.  Energy can be transformational in moving customers and society to a more secure and environmentally sound future, and we are determined to lead the way,” Powell said.

BURLINGTON COLLEGE BOARD APPOINTS MOORE AS INTERIM PRESIDENT
The Burlington College Board of Trustees recently appointed Dr. Carol Moore as interim president. The Board and Moore met with faculty, staff, and students in a town hall meeting.
Moore has spent more than 40 years advancing the educational experience—as a professor, an academic dean and most recently, as the former president of Lyndon State College. During her tenure, she successfully led the college through a revision of the mission through strategic planning, increased enrollment and retention, grew academic programs, and completed the college’s first major capital campaign raising $10 million.
“I am fully confident that Carol is capable of moving the College towards the goals of financial stability, enrollment growth, and a bright future.” said board chair Yves Bradley.

Batchelder tapped for head game warden position
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced that Lt. Jason Batchelder has been named the new director of fish and wildlife law enforcement. Batchelder will begin the role of Colonel this week, filling the position vacated by Col. David LeCours, who retired in October.

Batchelder has been with the department for 10 years, working most recently in the Morrisville area, first as a field warden and then as the lieutenant for the northeast district since 2013.

ANEW PLACE WELCOMES NEW DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING DIRECTOR
ANEW Place announced the addition of Jeff Walton as development & marketing director. Walton recently held the role of director of development for the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. Prior to that, he was major gift officer, annual giving manager and visiting assistant professor (and men’s soccer coach) at Paul Smith’s College.
“Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge around fundraising, marketing, and community engagement,” says Valerie Brosseau, Executive Director. “His experience and commitment to our mission make him a wonderful addition to our leadership team. We’re thrilled to have Jeff on board at this pivotal time following our recent rebranding, as we find new ways of working with the community to support this important work.”

UVM MEDICAL CENTER AWARDED
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America have chosen The University of Vermont Medical Center to receive the 2014 “Partnership in Prevention Award” for achieving sustainable improvements in eliminating healthcare-associated infections. It is the only healthcare organization in the nation to receive the award.
“This prestigious award is one of several recent affirmations of our commitment to providing the safest possible care to each patient,” said John Brumsted president and CEO of The University of Vermont Medical Center, and The University of Vermont Health Network. “I couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated providers and hundreds of other staff who have made us a national model for advancing evidenced-based practice in reducing healthcare-associated infections.”

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OF BURLINGTON’S DENTAL CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF
The Community Health Centers of Burlington Dental Center recently announced the following new dental providers:
Untray Brown is a new pediatric dentist. Brown has 15 years of experience caring for children with complex medical conditions and extensive dental disease at the hospital.
David Jette grew up in St. Albans and received his Dental degree at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo, N.Y. He served two years as a general dentist in Richford and Swanton for the Northern Tier Center for Health.
Jennifer L. Logigian is a graduate of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa, Ariz. and completed a General Practice Residency at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
Rian Stewart attended dental school at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated with honors in 2008. Stewart has worked five years as a dentist in private practice, and has a particular interest in pediatric dentistry and global healthcare training and service.

FOCUS ON FILM AND THE GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The non-profit, FOCUS ON FILM, announces its hire of a new executive director for the Green Mountain Film Festival. The non-profit hired Rachelle Murphy, a Berlin resident and recent masters of art graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design, on Sept. 1. Murphy coordinated the 2014 festival in Montpelier.
Murphy comes with television and film production credentials, two film degrees, ties to Los Angeles and New York City, and a close relationships with prestigious filmmakers and other film festivals around the country.

AGENCY OF AG’S MARCKRES RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP
Henry Marckres accepted his award from Dave Chapeskie, executive director of the IMSI (left) and Yvon Poitras, president of the IMSI.
Henry Marckres, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s consumer protection chief and resident maple syrup expert was awarded the prestigious Lynn Reynolds Award for Leadership in the Maple Industry at the annual meeting of the North American Maple Syrup Council and the International Maple Syrup Institute. Established in 1999 in honor of long-time IMSI supporter and director, Lynn Reynolds, the prestigious award is bestowed annually on a worthy IMSI member in recognition of outstanding leadership in the International Maple Syrup Industry.

ELMERGREEN JOINS TWINCRAFT SKINCARE
Twincraft Skincare recently welcomed Bob Elmergreen as the company’s newest director of business development. Hailing from the Midwest, Bob worked as a sales representative for more than 10 years. Shortly after re-locating to New England with Vans Footwear, he accepted a newly created role at Burton Snowboards as the resort channel sales manager before making the move to Twincraft.

MOWERY, ANTONIVICH JOIN DUBOIS & KING
DuBois & King consulting engineers announceD that Shawn Mowery has rejoined the firm as a systems administrator. Mowery brings 20 years of experience providing IT systems administration and management for Internet service providers, schools and financial institutions.
The company also announced that Jacqui Antonivich has joined the firm as an administrative assistant. Antonivich brings more than 20 years of experience providing bookkeeping, customer service, web design and administrative services for architectural, interior design, textile, recreational equipment and healthcare firms, as well as education.

New business brings passion for premium wood

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The Tree House staff (from left) Jeremy Ravelin, Lucas Jenson and Carl Farnsworth hold a slab or black walnut.  (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

The Tree House staff (from left) Jeremy Ravelin, Lucas Jenson and Carl Farnsworth hold a slab or black walnut.
(Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
A group of passionate woodworkers has set up a new shop for their fellow enthusiasts.
The Tree House provides materials and custom mill work for professional woodworkers, as well as hobbyists.
“I look at this business as an enabler for all of the talented craftsmen out there, whether they are basement weekend warrior types or professional woodworkers,” said owner and Williston resident Lucas Jenson. “We are here to support them with materials that are easily accessible at fair prices, with great service, as well as knowledge and passion.”
The Tree House sells both native and exotic high-end hardwood lumber, hardwood plywood and live-edge slabs.
“These are basically cross-sections of trees,” Jenson said. “They go from one edge of the bark to the other. They are big pieces with a lot of character…. They make beautiful tables and benches. They’re really unique, signature pieces.”
The retail shop, located on Route 2A behind Enterprise Rent-a-Car in South Burlington, opened Dec. 1. Soon, Jenson and his coworkers plan to open a mill shop, selling higher-end finished cabinetry and pieces, as well as offering custom work.
While Jenson doesn’t envision creating finished furniture pieces, they can custom-mill countertops, trim work and more—giving woodworkers a head start on their projects.
Jenson teamed up with Jeremy Ravelin and Carl Farnsworth, longtime industry insiders.
“Jeremy runs the mill shop,” Jenson said. “He’s a very accomplished woodworker. Jeremy’s passion really lies with working with hand tools.”
“Carl has worked in the lumber industry for 20 years,” Jenson said, “He has great experience.”
Jenson, a New Hampshire native, took a class on furniture building and cabinetry after college.
“I really fell in love with woodworking,” Jenson said. “My father is a lifelong do-it-yourselfer, so it’s sort of in my blood.”
So, he bought a table saw—which he stored in the dining room of his apartment and dragged onto the deck for projects.
He and his wife moved to Burlington, then Williston, where he worked in marketing until decided to get out from behind a desk and back into woodworking. He ran a construction company for nearly 10 years before opening The Tree House.
“I’m really excited about this and the opportunity to get back in touch with what I loved about working with wood—finished carpentry and cabinetry, furniture building, the really nice stuff, not the bones behind the wall,” Jenson said.
Jenson encouraged anyone with an interest in wood to stop by.
“We have a large inventory of high quality products, we have a skilled knowledgeable, passionate and friendly staff, reasonable prices, and we also offer unique items that you can’t get anywhere else,” he said. “We like to consider ourselves a destination for craftspeople, and we’re here to help.”
The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop is located at 1891 Williston Road, Suite 3. For more information, visit www.treehousehardwoods.com or call 497-3530.

Thursday home opener for CVU boys hoops

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
The home Bremner Gymnasium hardwood floor will be looking good to the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team Thursday night.
That’s when the Redhawks appear before the Red and White loyalists for the first time this young season, with Mount Mansfield Union providing the opposition. Opening varsity tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Cougars came into the week with a 2-0 record, having popped North Country Union 68-48 last Thursday in their home Jericho Center digs. MMU has a few returning veterans from last season’s combine that went to the Division 1 finals before falling to title holder Rice Memorial.
The Redhawks, in the meantime, started the season with three straight losses, all on the road.
The latest was Thursday at Rice, where the defending champions flexed their considerable hoop skills for a 81-48 triumph behind lean and lanky Kendrick Gray’s 30 points.
Chris Reiss was CVU’s top tally man with 15 points.

Rutland trip next up for CVU hockey six

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
The defense solid, the offense a work in progress.
That was the outlook as the 2-1-1 Champlain Valley Union High boys’ hockey team faced off against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans Wednesday (Observer press time) at Cairns Arena.
Coach Mike Murray’s Redhawks return to action Saturday in a 3 p.m. road contest against Rutland High.
The defending Division 1 champions took third place in the annual Beech Tournament last week at Burlington’s Leddy Park.
They blanked Colchester High 3-0 in Friday night’s consolation event as Jack Locker, Tyler Bodette and Elliott Mitchell scored the goals while veteran netminder Greg Talbert racked up his second shutout of the young campaign with 15 stops.
CVU bowed to Rice Memorial 2-1 in the Thursday night tournament opener. Mitchell chalked up a first period goal for the Redhawks who where held scoreless the final two periods despite a total of 29 shots on the Rice net.

CVU girls meet Rice Friday in clash of unbeatens

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Lauren Jaunich had 24 points in the Spaulding High tournament last week.

Lauren Jaunich had 24 points in the Spaulding High tournament last week.

By Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent
The annual battle for early season girls hoop supremacy comes up Friday (7 p.m.) when the 3-0 two-time defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls hoop quintet travels to South Burlington and its early season test against its championship antagonist for the past three years: Rice Memorial High.
And while the Green Knights lost by graduation some key people from last season, including four-year starting guard Hailee Barron, coach Tim Rice’s new combine got off to a 2-0 start last week with home wins over Northern Adirondack, N.Y. (64-36) and Mount Anthony Union (55-47).
Barron, who gave the Redhawks serious concerns the past four years and then joined with four CVU graduated seniors to help win the Twin State All-Star game against New Hampshire last summer, may be gone. But arriving was freshman Lisa Sulejmani, who popped 23 and 19 points in the two wins.
The Redhawks followed their victories over Colchester High and South Burlington High in the Spaulding High Tournament last week with a 53-19 win over defending Division 2 titleholder Mount Abraham Union Friday night.
They have been idle since.
Junior Laurel Jaunich had another solid outing with 24 points while co-inside operator Lia Gagliuso hit for nine tallies. Junior guard Sadie Otley was a person of all talents, coming up with eight thefts of the leather to go with four assists and six points.

Winter safety tips

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Thousands of Vermonters lost power during last week’s storm. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offered the following tips to keep families safe and warm if the power goes out.

Family Safety
Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand.
During the power outage, resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information—that’s what your battery-powered radio is for.
Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.
Keep your car fuel tank at least half-full, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.
Check on elderly neighbors, friends or relatives who may need assistance during the outage.

Keeping Warm
Put on layers of warm clothing. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
If you are using a gas heater or fireplace to stay warm, be sure the area is properly ventilated.
Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345)

Food
Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies and pet food as appropriate on hand. Be sure to have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand.
Avoid opening the fridge or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than four hours.

Generators
Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.
Connect only individual appliances to portable generators.
Don’t plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home’s electrical system as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.
Consider purchasing and professionally installing a permanent home generator.

When Power Returns
When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.
When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand.