August 25, 2016

Birth Trees

Kindergarten Kickoff

Ed Miles

Popcorn: “Indignation”

A Fine Sadness

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

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Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to unitedwaynwvt.galaxydigital.com to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners, or contact United Way at volctr@unitedwaynwvt.org or 860-1677. [Read more…]

Good attitudes about aging help seniors with stress

Maintaining a positive attitude about aging makes older adults more resilient when faced with stressful situations, a new university study shows.

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How to find financial assistance for elderly parents

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Where can I go to locate financial assistance programs for seniors? I have been helping support my 70-year-old mother the past couple years and really can’t afford to do it any longer. [Read more…]

What’s Cooking? Blueberry Time!

By Lucy McCullough

Good picking and good eating

Blueberry picking is a fun summertime activity. Blueberries are known as a superfood that is low in calories, loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. If you don’t have the time to pick them yourself, there are plenty of local blueberries available in the grocery store, at farmers’ markets or vegetable/fruit stands. [Read more…]

Lampricide standards tightened

Sea lamprey attached to a lake trout. Photo from U.S. Geological Survey, via Wikipedia

Sea lamprey attached to a lake trout. Photo from U.S. Geological Survey, via Wikipedia

By Mike Polhamus

For Vermont Digger

Federal officials are scrambling to secure a permit allowing the use of chemicals in three Vermont rivers to kill sea lampreys  — and they are running out of time. [Read more…]

The hidden powers of trees

By Luc Reid

Special to the Observer

Trees have hidden powers. While their most obvious benefits are fruits, nuts, maple syrup, wood for fuel and building, and their contribution to Vermont’s natural beauty, they also block harsh winds, help manage stormwater, moderate temperatures and pull carbon out of the atmosphere, among other good effects. Around the world, deforestation is one of the largest causes of climate change, while at the same time contributing to erosion, desertification and loss of animal habitat. [Read more…]