November 20, 2017

Williston road construction

Volunteer Opportunities

By Sue Alenick

United Way Volunteer Coordinator

FIRST RUN [Read more…]

Social Security options for divorced spouses

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

As a divorced woman, am I entitled to my ex-husband’s Social Security benefits? I was married for 14 years and would like to know how this works.

Happily Divorced [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Cristina Clarimon-Alinder

Cranberry sauce

Everybody has a favorite food during the holidays. Mine is cranberry sauce. I look forward to this treat every year with much anticipation and delight. I can easily overlook the turkey or the mashed potatoes, but I never forget to have a generous amount of cranberry sauce on my plate. Besides, since I have never had a predilection for anything sweet, these tart berries really hit the spot for me.

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Habitat for Humanity brings on three new board members

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit based in Williston that builds homes for low-income working families living in substandard rental housing, last week announced the election of three new members to its board of directors: [Read more…]

Missing money searches encouraged

Treasurer urges Vermonters to check for unclaimed cash

The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office paid Vermonters a record amount of unclaimed financial property last year, and Treasurer Beth Pearce is urging Vermonters to go to or call 1-800-642-3191 to find out if any of the remaining $80 million waiting to be claimed is theirs. [Read more…]

Sanders launches State of Union essay contest

Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his eighth annual State of the Union essay contest last week, calling on Vermont’s high school students to address what they view as the major issues facing the United States.

Sanders’ annual essay contest is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to articulate what issues they would prioritize if they were president. The 250-500 word essays can be on any issue of national importance.

A panel of Vermont teachers will judge the essays and select a winner. Essays are judged on the students’ ideas and arguments.

The finalists will have their essays entered into the Congressional Record — the official archive of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Sanders will also hold a roundtable discussion with the finalists.

“Our students are the future of our country, and they must be involved in the discussion about where our nation needs to go,” said Sanders, who serves on the Senate Education Committee. “We need our students to be engaged, to help find solutions for the problems that face our country. That’s what democracy is all about.”

Since the contest’s inception, about 3,000 students from schools throughout Vermont have written essays on a wide range of issues, including the declining middle class, climate change, health care, the national debt and the rising cost of a college education.

The deadline for student essay submissions is Jan. 10. More information can be found on Sanders’ Senate webpage at, by calling (800) 339-9834 or emailing

VNA joins UVM Health Network

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to affiliate with the University of Vermont Health Network. [Read more…]

Ski season kickoff

Observer courtesy photo
Opening day at Killington on Nov. 8.

Observer staff report

The return of winter weather — including a few inches of natural snow in higher elevations — has the snowguns running at Vermont’s ski resorts, marking the start of ski season in Vermont.

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Fall athletes grab individual honors

Nate Coffin battles for a header during CVU’s match vs SBHS in So Burlingtonon Monday the 2nd.

Seven Champlain Valley Union High School soccer players were recently named to the boys and girls All State soccer teams, as chosen by the Vermont Soccer Coaches Association. [Read more…]