May 27, 2018

“Life of the Party”

Celebrates the Joys of Mediocrity

2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

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Spring home upgrades

After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start re-imagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. These project ideas – some big, some small – can help breathe new life into your home so you’re ready to enjoy your favorite rooms to the fullest.

Air it out [Read more…]

Homestead declaration deadline upcoming

The Town of Williston Listers’/Assessor’s office has begun flagging approximately 450 parcels that should be filing the State of Vermont Homestead Declaration form (HS122), and sending a notice to the Vermont Department of Taxes. Property tax adjustment eligibility forms (HI-144) should be filed for income sensitivity consideration. [Read more…]

Health coverage options for pre-Medicare-age spouses

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

My wife, who is 62, is on my health insurance plan through my employer. When I retire in a few months at 65, and go on Medicare, what are my wife’s options? Is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses, or do we have to purchase Obamacare?

Approaching Retirement

Dear Approaching, [Read more…]

Tasteful

By Jan Kenney

Stalking Asparagus

Nothing says springtime to me more than fresh asparagus. My parents had an amazing asparagus plot in their backyard and we made sure that we always planned a visit to their house when they came ripe. [Read more…]

Fierce field ‘hawks

Lydia Maitland scores her 100th career goal during CVU’s game vs So Burlington on the 16th in Hinesburg. Coach Pierson was hoping the Lydia would score it a home, so this goal is more like 106 or 107.

The team celebrates Lydia Maitland’s (being hugged by Sara Kelley) 100th goal during their game vs So Burlington on the 16th in Hinesburg.

Natalie Durieux shoots and scores during CVU’s game vs So Burlington on the 16th in Hinesburg

Observer photos by Al Frey

The CVU girls lacrosse team celebrates Lydia Maitland’s (being hugged by Sara Kelley) 100th goal during its game vs. So. Burlington on May 16 in Hinesburg. Lydia Maitland scores her 100th career goal. Natalie Durieux shoots and scores another goal during the game.

Rushford returns in walk-off win

Liam Reiner got the complete game win at the Strike Out Cancer game vs Essex on May 17th in Hinesburg

Jacob Bortnick rips a base hit during the Strike Out Cancer game vs Essex on May 17th in Hinesburg

Jacob Murphy dives safely back to first during the Strike Out Cancer game vs Essex on May 17th in Hinesburg

Storm Rushford (center right) celebrates a win with his team during the Strike Out Cancer game vs Essex on May 17th in Hinesburg

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Usually a walk-off win is the highlight of a high school baseball game. But last Thursday, Champlain Valley’s victory was just the cherry on top of an already great day. [Read more…]

Smoke & Cure rewards players’ efforts

Observer courtesy photo
(Left to right) Reid ZuWallack, William Murphy, Cole ZuWallack, Jason Rosner, Clayton Thorpe, CVU Football Head Coach Mike Williams and Vermont Smoke & Cure CEO Tara Murphy.

Vermont Smoke & Cure of Hinesburg presented a $500 check to the Champlain Valley Union High School football team Monday after players stepped up to help the business fill orders.

The meat production facility is located just down the road from CVU, and players William Murphy, Jason Rosner, Clayton Thorpe, Cole ZuWallack and Reid ZuWallack helped package a large order of mini meat sticks in April.

“It’s really a win-win situation for both Vermont Smoke & Cure and the CVU Football program,” said Vermont Smoke & Cure CEO Tara Murphy, who has a son on the team.

Local businesses interested in helping the team this season can contact the CVU Football Boosters (online at athletics.cvuhs.org/cvu-redhawks-football.html), whose goal is to raise $25,000 before the season begins this fall. Sponsorship packages begin at $75 and include field and online advertising and player sponsorship opportunities.

Affiliated Associates welcomes Woodbury

Michelle Woodbury

Affiliated Associates of Essex recently welcomed Michelle Woodbury to its growing team of insurance professionals. Woodbury will be assisting in customer service and new business processes.

Lisboa, Wilder, Jewett join Healthy Dollars

Mikaila Jewett

Mike Lisboa

Katie Wilder

Healthy Dollars of Essex, a third-party administrator for health reimbursement and flexible spending accounts, recently announced the hiring of Mike Lisboa, Katie Wilder and Mikaila Jewett. [Read more…]