June 28, 2016

Farm Stands

Mud Pond volunteer work

Pet and Bike Parade

“Maggie’s Plan”

Has a Comic Twist

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

Because it is very New York, sophisticated, intelligent, witty, provocative and well written, I think Woody Allen would like director Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan”… just in case he’s reading. It is of course about love among the scholarly and introspective, the whys and wherefores therein, with a smart meditation on that emotion as life’s essentially indefinable motivator. Though Miller, who wrote the screenplay with Karen Rinaldi, doesn’t add to anything Mr. Shakespeare has already apprised us of, she gives it a good, seriocomic rummage.

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Vt. has highest health insurance premiums

By Erin Mansfield

For Vermont Digger

Middle-aged Vermonters pay higher prices than 13 other states for health insurance through the state’s online marketplace and the prices will continue to go up if state regulators approve new rate hikes proposed by insurers.

A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation says that, before receiving subsidies, Vermonters age 40 paid $465 per month for the lowest-cost silver health insurance plan through Vermont Health Connect in 2016. [Read more…]

Deciding what to do in retirement

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I just turned 62 and am financially prepared for retirement, but I’m less certain about how to spend my time after leaving work. Can you recommend some resources or tools that can help me with this?

Feeling Lost [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two: Fresh fruit and nut smoothies or pudding, a summer delicacy

by Ania Robertson

The consistency of this refreshing dessert depends on how much water you add to it. It can be a smoothie or pudding, depending on your mood.

The pudding texture comes from ground chia seeds, which have a noteworthy property in the warmer months: they deeply support the body’s hydration and promote vitality, endurance, sustainability and the establishment of immunity. According to Ayurveda, pure-in-nature, or sattvic, chia seeds create a natural warming effect within the body-mind, which supports a balanced metabolism. They are an excellent source of high-quality fiber that controls blood sugar and blood lipids. This superfood has been linked to the prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. [Read more…]

Comings and Goings

Rick Blount hired as Vice President of Development at the Greater Burlington YMCA.

Rick Blount
hired as Vice President of Development at the Greater Burlington YMCA.

Erika Baldasaro promoted to Vice President, Community Banking Division and Sales Manager at Merchants Bank.

Erika Baldasaro
promoted to Vice President, Community Banking Division and Sales Manager at Merchants Bank.

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Hub Happenings

VBSR networking event

Red Wagon Plants will host a Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) networking event on Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and is free for VBSR members and state officials, $10 for nonmembers. Red Wagon Plants will provide hors d’oeuvres and new VBSR member Stonecutter Spirits will operate a cash bar. Pre-registration is requested via vbsr.org.

Bearings company reveals new logo, branding [Read more…]

Sixty minutes to get out

A group works to complete their mission, led by owner Sarah Snyder, at Escape Room 60 which recently opened next to Majestick 10 Theater in Williston.

A group works to complete their mission, led by owner Sarah Snyder, at Escape Room 60 which recently opened next to Majestick 10 Theater in Williston.

New indoor entertainment center provides ‘escape’

By Phyl Newbeck

Observer correspondent

Need a fast way to get away? Tim Haddock, who earlier this month opened the doors to the state’s first “escape room” in Williston, thinks you might. Haddock, who’s from Fairfax, discovered escape rooms when he was traveling around the country and noticed how the new craze of entertainment centers was taking off. [Read more…]