January 27, 2015

PHOTOS: Amabassador Noah


Noah Cohen, a second grader at Allen Brook School, was named the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champion for Vermont in a ceremony on Jan. 16 at the school. Noah was born with VACTERL association, a rare disorder that affects multiple body systems and that has so far required numerous surgeries. He calls UVM Children’s Hospital ‘my hospital’ and, with his family, is committed to fundraising to ‘assure that all kids who need the hospital have as positive a hospital experience as he has had,’ according to information provided by the hospital.



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Noah with Dr. Lewis First, chairman and professor in the department of pediatrics at UVM College of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics at the hospital.

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Noah is congratulated by fellow students during the celebration. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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Noah receives a congratulatory hug and round of applause.

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PHOTOS: CVU gymnastics

CVU gymnasts bowed to an always-strong Essex High team on Friday at Green Mountain Gymnastics. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

CVU gymnasts bowed to an always-strong Essex High team on Friday at Green Mountain Gymnastics. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU Hockey vs. Essex



Senior forward Cam Rivard lines up a move toward the goal during Saturday’s game against undefeated Essex High. The Redhawks lost 2-1. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Senior forward Cam Rivard lines up a move toward the goal during Saturday’s game against undefeated Essex High. The Redhawks lost 2-1. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “Into the Woods” Lumbers a Bit



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2 1/2 popcorns


“Into the Woods”

Lumbers a Bit

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


Director Rob Marshall’s movie adaptation of James Lapine (book) and Stephen Sondheim’s (music and lyrics) “Into the Woods” is whimsical and enchanting until about the 60% mark, at which time it bogs down into the catastasis. That’s the point in drama, as I explained to my daughter Erin when she was little, when push comes to shove and it looks like things might not work out too well. She quickly informed: “I hate the catastasis.” Well, me too sometimes. Here, in what is essentially a two-part saga, it disrupts more than heightens the experience.


Indeed, these woods might have benefited from a few less, complicating trees. But again, it’s awfully good going for a while, a joyous and witty amalgam of several fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm given the London/Broadway stage treatment and then transferred to the wonderful world of f/x-enhanced film. A stellar cast breathes new life into the familiar characters who jibe humorously with the script’s updated, semi-satiric take on the time-honored fables.


Of course Miss Streep, playing the witch who has cast a spell that adversely impacts a kindly baker (James Corden) and his sweet, resultantly barren wife (Emily Blunt), can’t help but overshadow her fellow players. La Streep’s star is simply too bright. But that’s just fine since it only proves to aid the production and, truth be told, had me a little scared. I mean, those long fingernails and gnarly teeth. Only this lady can mine the originality in a stereotype. So, while the bounteously colorful movie is appropriately rated PG, I’d get a babysitter for little Liam.


However, if you’re taking Ava and Ethan, both over 7 if I remember correctly, be sure to first tutor the moppets with a correct telling of “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Rapunzel,” lest this merger misinforms them. Call it the Readers Digest version. Proposing that the six degrees of separation theory also applies to fairy tales, Mr. Lapine’s screenplay sees to it that an all-star gathering of magical characters democratically interacts across storylines.


Act #1, Scene #1, James Corden’s baker and his wife, blithely portrayed by Emily Blunt, charitably look the other way as Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) greedily helps herself to several free samples, presumably to be enjoyed by Grandma. Naturally, her traipse into the woods will include an encounter with Mr. Wolf, a hipster played to sleazy perfection by Johnny Depp. You know the rest, more or less. But it plays second fiddle to the childless couple’s plight.


It’s all about a conjuring the wicked witch put on the baker’s dad for filching some greens from her garden. His family tree is doomed to wither. It turns out dear old dad wasn’t exactly father of the year, and this sets a whole bunch of metaphors in motion. But the bottom line is, Streep’s hateful hag is willing to lift the baby ban if the couple goes into the woods and gathers the four items she needs to escape from a hex that has caused her ugliness. They are game.


Meanwhile, as the baker and his wife traipse in search of a red cape; a cow as white as snow; a slipper pure as gold; and hair yellow as corn, Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), soon to be of beanstalk fame, has been entrusted by mom (Tracey Ullman) to sell a cow that happens to meet that description. The narratives begin to intertwine, with all beings concerned melodically sprinkling a play-by-play in song throughout the lush, forbidding landscape. Some of it is rather hummable.


Shortly tying into the magical doings are Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), both of whom have, in good fairy tale fashion, their own handsome prince to save and pursue them. Brothers, the royal suitors (Billy Magnussen for Rapunzel; Chris Pine for Cinderella) commiserate in duet over the difficulties of such entangled wooing. But the biggest challenge that awaits, even more fearsome than Miss Streep’s frightful sorceress, is the Giant that Jack unleashes after he buys and sows those proverbial beans. Trouble brews and bubbles.


Still, it looks like things are going to be OK, until we learn that what we thought was happily ever after is really just the end of part one. Yep, the film itself has a curse: that dreaded catastasis. A whole gamut of unresolved and new predicaments rear their foul threats. Oh, that a kindly woodman could thin things out a bit.

All the same, it’s a lot of entertainment. So if you can see the forest for the trees, for $8.25 a ticket in Gulfport, Mississippi, or $14 in N.Y.C., that’s a bargain compared to what you’d pay to see “Into the Woods” on Broadway.

“Into the Woods,” rated PG, is a Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures release directed by Rob Marshall and stars Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and James Corden. Running time: 125 minutes


Recipe Corner: Soup as the main course


By Ginger Isham

Sometimes I double a soup recipe so I can put some in the freezer for later. I save any kind of left over potato, veggies, canned tomatoes, rice, pasta and meats for soups. By adding onion, garlic, celery and spices, along with chicken or beef broth, you can be creative with soups. The following soup is one I have not made for a long time.

Mulligatawny Soup
(the name means “pepper water”)

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
1 medium stalk of celery, sliced
1 small green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon curry powder (or less)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 can low-sodium tomatoes, drained and chopped (14 ounces)
3 whole cloves (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
1/4 teaspoon each mace and nutmeg
pepper and salt
1 cup cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup plain lowfat yogurt
4 teaspoons chopped parsley (optional)

Melt butter in kettle and add onion, carrot, apple, celery and green pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
Stir in flour and curry. Cook another minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, spices and mix. Cook covered on low heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Discard cloves and cool. Put in blender and blend until smooth. Return to kettle and add chicken and rice. Heat and stir for a few minutes.
Serve hot topped with a spoon of yogurt and sprinkle of parsley.

Food Tip: sprinkle a little salt on the bottom of the pan to keep oil from spattering when cooking meat.

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

Elder Education Enrichment announces spring programs


Elder Education Enrichment will begin its spring series of programs on Feb. 2.
The EEE series is held at the Faith United Methodist Church, a handicapped accessible facility, located in South Burlington at 899 Dorset St. Parking is available at the church, with overflow parking allowed at the north end of the Temple Sinai parking lot at the corner of Swift and Dorset streets.
Lectures cover topics in areas including Vermont issues such as community policing, Vermont and U.S. history and foreign affairs. Each lecture starts at 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. Coffee and refreshments are served 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. during the first session of each month.
EEE is a lifelong learning organization presenting 12 weeks of interesting and diverse programs each fall and spring. The organization is run by volunteers and supported by dues. Membership also entitles members to attend programs at eight OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes) sites throughout Vermont and offers the discounted member rate for OLLI at UVM programs.
Participants can join EEE for $50 for the spring semester, or pay $5 for each lecture at the door. It is possible to join at any lecture. Membership entitles attendance to a semester’s lectures. Non-members of any age are welcome for a donation of $5 per lecture. For more information, call 864-3516 or visit www.eeevermont.org.

Getting around when you can no longer drive


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around.
—Searching Daughter

Dear Searching,
Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what’s available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here’s what you should know.

Transportation options
For starters, it’s important to know that while most urban areas offer seniors a variety of transportation services, the options may be few to none for those living in the suburbs, small towns and rural areas. Alternative transportation is an essential link in helping seniors who can no longer drive get to their doctor’s appointments, stores, social activities and more.
Depending on where your mom lives, here’s a rundown of possible solutions that can help her get around, along with some resources to help you locate them.
Family and friends: This is by far the most often used and favorite option among seniors. So make a list of all possible candidates your mom can call on, along with their availability and contact information.
Local transportation programs: These are usually sponsored by nonprofit organizations that serve seniors. These services may charge a nominal fee or accept donations and often operate with the help of volunteer drivers.
Demand response services: Often referred to as “dial-a-ride” or “elderly and disabled transportation service,” these are typically government-funded programs that provide door-to-door transportation services by appointment and usually charge a small fee or donation on a per ride basis. Many use vans and offer accessible services for riders with special needs. In Chittenden County, call SSTA at 878-1527 or visit www.sstarides.org.
Taxi or car service: These private services offer flexible scheduling but can be expensive, however, they’re cheaper than owning a car. Some taxi/car services may be willing to set up accounts that allow other family members to pay for services and some may offer senior discounts. Be sure to ask.
Private program services: Some hospitals, health clinics, senior centers, adult day centers, malls or other businesses may offer transportation for program participants or customers. And some nonmedical homecare agencies that bill themselves as providing companionship and running errands or doing chores may also provide transportation.
Mass transit: Public transportation (buses, trains, subways, etc.) where available, can also be an affordable option and may offer seniors reduced rates.
Hire someone: If your mom lives in an area where there are limited or no transportation services available, another option to consider is to pay someone in the community to drive her. Consider hiring a neighbor, retiree, high school or college student that has a flexible schedule and wouldn’t mind making a few extra bucks.

Where to Look
To find out what transportation services are available in your mom’s community, contact the Rides in Sight national toll-free call center at 855-607-4337 (or see ridesinsight.org), and the Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116), which will direct you to her area agency on aging for assistance.
Also contact local senior centers, places of worship and retirement communities for other possible options. And check with her state department of transportation at www.fhwa.dot.gov/webstate.htm, and the American Public Transportation Association at publictransportation.org.
Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

HUB Happenings


Coburn Agency announces new leadership

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Michael Coburn

Allstate Insurance Company recently announced that The Coburn Agency of Williston will be taken over by Michael Coburn. Michael Coburn, son of original agency owner John Coburn, has been working in the agency for more than eight years.
“The agency is owned and operated by a family, and customers tell us that we make them feel like family, too,” Michael Coburn said.
Hoehl donates $2 million endowment to Stern Center
Cynthia K. Hoehl of Ferrisburgh recently donated $2 million to the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence Endowment at the Stern Center. The single largest gift ever given to the Stern Center will ensure the perpetuity of the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence. The Institute implements best practices from neuroscience through its instruction and professional learning programs. Specifically, it reduces instruction fees for students with family incomes below $125,000 and grants awards to schools and educators to help underwrite professional learning.

NBT Bank donates to food shelf

NBT Bank of Williston Branch Manager Matthew Villemaire (center) and Teller Linda Goodell (leftt) present Williston Community Food Shelf Treasurer Jeanne Jensen with a $500 donation.

NBT Bank of Williston Branch Manager Matthew Villemaire (center) and Teller Linda Goodell (leftt) present Williston Community Food Shelf Treasurer Jeanne Jensen with a $500 donation.

NBT Bank recently made a $500 donation to support the efforts of the Williston Community Food Shelf. “We are pleased to be able to support the Williston Community Food Shelf and their dedication to reducing hunger in our community by providing residents with much needed resources such as food and connections to additional support services,” NBT Bank Williston Branch Manager Matthew Villemaire said.
The Williston Community Food Shelf serves an average of 850 residents a month, providing high-quality food to those in need in the towns of Williston, St. George, Richmond and Essex.

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VBSR names new board members
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) recently announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Jed Davis of Cabot Creamery Cooperative and Duane Peterson, the owner of SunCommon in Williston.
“We know that as our newest board members, Jed and Duane will help VBSR continue to be a vital and positive force for socially responsible business policy and practices in Vermont,” said VBSR Executive Director Andrea Cohen. “As we celebrate our 25th year anniversary, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from them as they lead VBSR to the next level.”

Vermont Tech Receives Grant
Vermont Tech has received the first training provider grant awarded in 2015 by the Vermont Department of Economic Development’s Vermont Training Program. The $18,000 grant will offset some of the costs associated with Vermont Tech’s Advanced Machinist Apprentice Program. In an effort to fill a growing manufacturing need in Vermont, Vermont Tech partnered with Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation, Hartford Area Career Technology Center, GW Plastics, North Hartland Tool and NE Precision to create the four year Advanced Machinist Apprenticeship Program. The program allows participants to earn college credit while gaining on-the-job training.
The first three years of the apprenticeship program are centered around classroom training, while the final year focuses on on-the-job training. The program currently has 14 students enrolled, who, upon program completion, will have earned 27 college credits that can be used toward an associate’s degree in general engineering technology from Vermont Tech.
For more information, visit www.vtc.edu

Young elected to AADMM board
Robyn Young of Williston has been elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Daily Money Managers .Young is owner of Money Care, LLC. AADMM is a national membership organization representing individuals and businesses in the growing profession of daily money management. These professionals provide personal financial and bookkeeping services to senior citizens, the disabled, busy professionals and others.

New Psychotherapy Practice in Williston
Elizabeth Lee, a licensed clinical mental health counselor, recently opened a new psychotherapy practice at Blair Park in Williston. Lee has 20 years of experience as a mental health practitioner. She works with adults, adolescents, children and families on a variety of issues related to changes in life circumstances.
“We can all benefit from having someone there to help navigate through times of challenge that life can bring,” said Lee.
Lee is also trained as a life coach. For more information, call 482-7306 or email [email protected]
VSECU receives national award
VSECU recently received the 2014 Community Credit Union of the Year Award from the Credit Union National Association.
VSECU was one of four credit unions honored during an awards presentation held in Las Vegas. Rob Miller, CEO of VSECU, accepted the award on behalf of the credit union and said, “It is with great pride that I accept this award on behalf of the employees at VSECU who come to work every day with a mission driven purpose to help improve the quality of life for all Vermonters.”
Credit unions selected to receive the award demonstrate exemplary displays of credit union principles and service.

Otter Creek hires Hankes
Otter Creek Awnings & Sunrooms of Williston recently announced the addition of Matt Hankes as a sales and design consultant. Hankes is one of two new members of the sales and design team. He has 20 years of sales experience. Most recently he worked with the Fleischer Jacobs Group. Previously he was in federal contracting at Fedmarket.com.

Local companies distribute socks, pet supplies
For the seventh year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Cabot Hosiery Mills/Darn Tough Vermont and the state’s community action agencies and homeless shelters joined forces for “Blue Socks for Kids.” Project volunteers delivered 8,400 pairs of merino wool socks to the state’s community action agencies and homeless shelters for distribution to children in need of warm clothing this holiday season.
Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel recently donated 470 pairs of socks to COTS. During the month of December, Lenny’s encouraged customers to bring in new and gently used socks for adults, children and babies served by COTS at Christmastime.
Lenny’s also donated pet supplies and cash to the Humane Society of Chittenden County and Franklin County Animal Rescue during their annual donation drop off.

Vermont unemployment 4.3 percent in November
The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November 2014 was 4.3 percent. This represents a decrease of one-tenth of a percent from the revised October rate (4.4 percent). The equivalent national average was 5.8 percent, which experienced no change from the previous month’s estimate. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for tenth lowest in the country.

Curtis joins Champlain Medical
Williston resident Kelly Curtis recently joined Champlain Medical Urgent Care as practice manager. Curtis has worked administratively at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Dr. Josh Schwartzberg, the owner and medical director of the practice, was recently elected to serve on the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Board of Directors. Schwartzberg was identified by his clinical peers and Worker’s Compensation community as one of the leading physicians in the State of Vermont for the treatment of patients with occupational injuries.

New staff at Merchants Bank
Merchants Bank recently announced Wanda Oczechowski was hired for the position of cash management and government banking account manager. Oczechowski has more than 18 years of banking experience.
In addition, Luis Arnaut joined Merchants Bank as project manager. Arnaut has more than 14 years of experience in project management and process improvement. He began his career as a software engineer and brings both technical knowledge and project management skills to the bank.
Barry Fauteux has been appointed to the position of community banking manager of the St. Albans branch. Fauteux joined the Merchants Bank team in January of 2014.

Vermont PBS Names New President & CEO
Vermont PBS recently announced the appointment of Holly Groschner as president and CEO for Vermont’s statewide PBS affiliate. Groschner is set to take the reins of the public media organization in mid-February.
Groschner most recently served as general counsel for the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. There, she worked with staff and state legislators to improve public access to broadband and cell phone services across the state.

UVM Medical Center appoints Whalen
The University of Vermont Medical Center announced earlier this month that it has appointed Eileen Whalen to the position of president and chief operating officer. The appointment was made following a national search.
Whalen has more than 35 years of experience in health care, including her most recent position as chief executive of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Keybank donates to food shelf
KeyBank donated $10,000 to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in support of Community Kitchen Academy, a Vermont Foodbank program in local partnership with Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
Community Kitchen Academy prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for careers in the food service industry and lifelong learning through an intensive program of culinary skills development, career readiness and job placement.

Padula joins BlackRock Construction
Kyra Padula has joined BlackRock Construction as comptroller. Padula brings more than 10 years of accounting experience to the job. She received bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from The College of Saint Rose. She previously worked at a Rochester, N.Y.-based general contracting company that focused on new home builds, light commercial jobs and developed and managed rental communities.

VIT leaders appoint CFO
Vermont Information Technology Leaders recently named Nancy Rowden Brock chief financial officer. Brock joins VITL from World Learning, an accredited educational institution that provides education, exchange and development programs in over 70 countries.

Howard Center welcomes new board members, elects Frazee treasurer
Howard Center recently appointed Charlotte Ancel and Kerrick Johnson to three-year terms on its board of trustees.
South Burlington resident Charlotte Ancel is Vice President, General Counsel & Power Resources at Green Mountain Power. Previously, she was a partner at the Burlington law firm of Sheehey Furlong & Behm. She is a graduate of Boston College and the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Kerrick Johnson, a North Middlesex resident, is the Vice President of Communications, Systems, and Strategy at the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), having joined the company in 2006. He previously served as Director of Government Affairs for Central Vermont Public Service and as Vice President of Associated Industries of Vermont.
In addition, the Board of Trustees elected new officers, including Elizabeth Bassett of Charlotte as President, Gail Stevenson of South Burlington as Vice President, Matthew Frazee of Williston as Treasurer and Marna Tulin of North Ferrisburgh as Secretary.

Just the facts: VIP Investigations & Security Service

David Clow (left) and Steve Galente (right) recently opened VIP Investigations & Security Service in Williston. (Observer photo by Heleigh Bostwick)

David Clow (left) and Steve Galente (right) recently opened VIP Investigations & Security Service in Williston. (Observer photo by Heleigh Bostwick)

By Heleigh Bostwick
Observer correspondent

Cheating spouses, child custody disputes, insurance fraud, fugitive recovery.
While those may sound like all of the elements necessary for an exciting television series, for a private investigator like David Clow, it’s all in a day’s work.
“The cases we handle are pretty mundane here in Vermont,” he says. “It’s mostly infidelity and fraud cases or finding missing, stolen or lost property, background checks on new employees, and a lot of surveillance work.”
Private investigators like Clow usually handle civil cases; whereas private detectives generally work on criminal cases such as murder or missing children.
Clow recently opened an office in Williston. Located on Williston Road in the former ADP Security building and accessible to Burlington and the Interstate, it’s the perfect spot, he said.
Although Clow doesn’t spend much time there, he does meet with clients and keeps his fleet of security vehicles there.
“We’re a 24/7 operation because of the type of business we run,” he said, adding that clients typically contact him by telephone or email and that walk-ins are limited, but welcome.
VIP Investigations is a division of Vermont Bail Bonds, Inc., which Clow has operated since 2010.
“We do bail all over the state of Vermont, he said. “We work closely with court systems and have a good rapport with local law enforcement.”
The second arm of the company is the security division, headed up by Managing Director of Operations Steve Galente. The security division handles property patrols for neighborhoods and businesses, alarm responses and security for special events.
“We have four to five part-time employees that work the security division, helping out with patrols,” he said, adding that three of those employees are his sons. “It’s a small, family-oriented business. Steve and I are the only full-time employees.”
“Our primary business is investigations and that’s what I do,” said Clow, who is a licensed private investigator with the state of Vermont.
“I’ve been working in some form of law enforcement for the past 20 years, which is why I am able to be licensed as a PI,” he said. “I’m really glad the state is critical about licensing investigators. That’s a good thing.”
Clow started his law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff in Orleans County, an experience that serves him well in his current line of work as a private investigator.
“We conduct investigations all over the state and for clients nationwide,” Clow said. “Let’s say there’s a husband or wife living in Florida and their spouse is here skiing. If the spouse in Florida has a hunch that their spouse is not here in Vermont skiing alone, they’ll call us and we check on it.”
While it can be satisfying to prove a hunch correct, Clow is cautious when he takes these types of cases on.
“There’s a fine line between what we divulge and what we don’t,” he said. “Before we start any investigation, I find out what their intentions are and why they want to find this person. I don’t want anyone harmed or injured or worse.”
All in all, Clow said it’s a good business, not a million dollar business, but one that keeps him and his employees busy.
Clow concedes that unlike many PI shows on television, there isn’t really much glamour to the profession.
“We do a lot of surveillance work, especially on insurance fraud and infidelity and it can take weeks before we get the proof we need, he said. “We’re there to get the facts of the case and report on them. No one cares about our opinion.”
“It’s definitely not Magnum PI,” he chuckled.
VIP Investigations & Security Services is located at 4026 Williston Road. For more information, call 879-9191 or visit www.VIPInvestigations.net

CVU’s DuBrul earns Athlete-of-Month honor


By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Paige DuBrul, co-captain and midfielder of the undefeated Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls’ soccer team, has been named the state’s female high school athlete of the month for November by the Vermont Sports Media Association.
DuBrul led the Redhawks to their fourth straight Division 1 crown, including a 1-0 triumph over Burlington High in the title contest. She set up the game’s lone goal.
The senior has been a four-year starter and CVU has taken the crown all four of those seasons. Last year, DuBrul scored the winning goal in the championship contest.
According to coach Stan Williams, DuBrul helps her team in many ways.
“She served as a defensive rock in front of our back four and also has the technical and tactical ability to start an attack,” Williams said, calling DuBrul, “instrumental in our success.”
Media association members selected Bellows Free Academy of Fairfax running back Matt Larose as the boys athlete of the month. Larose ran for a whopping 304 yards and three touchdowns in leading BFA to victory over Otter Valley for the Division 3 football crown, the Bullets’ first.