October 27, 2016

Bourgoin case raises questions about UVM, mental health screening

UVM Medical Center emergency room entrance. Photo by Andrew Kutches/VTDigger

Photo by Andrew Kutches/VTDigger
In the aftermath of the deadly Williston car crash on Oct. 8 questions are being raised about screening processes and the shortage of mental health services in Vermont communities.

By Morgan True and

Elizabeth Hewitt

For Vermont Digger

In the aftermath of a deadly Williston crash Oct. 8 involving a wrong-way driver on I-89, questions have been raised about how health care providers screen people seeking treatment.

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Recreation and Parks

Strong First Strength Training

Strong First is a circuit-style strength training class for people of all fitness levels. Whether you’d like to lose weight, build muscle, perform better or feel healthier, strength training is the base that will get you there. Strong First combines free-weights, bodyweight, core exercises and calisthenics. Register for a once or twice-a-week program, held at Perks Fitness. Instructor: Jen Weiss, CPT. Ages 18+, Tuesdays, Nov. 1-Dec. 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $84 or Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 20, (no class 11/24), 5:30-6:30 p.m., $132.

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Chad Hollister

Popcorn: “The Birth of a Nation”

A Painful Truth

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


Watching writer-director Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” a biography of the slave Nat Turner which concludes with the namesake rebellion he led in 1831, you can’t help but anguish over the idea that only 155 years ago slavery was perfectly legal in the Southern United States. That kind of historical realization always gets me wondering what crazy practice do we abide today that our heirs will one day see as similarly primeval and egregious?

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Letters to the Editor

Candidate for St. George thanks voters

I want to thank the people I have met during this campaign for taking the time to share their concerns with me. Your information and comments will inform my views on issues such as good jobs, fiscal responsibility, quality childcare and caring for our environment should I be elected to the Chittenden 5-2 House seat. I have stopped at almost every door in Shelburne and St. George thus far, and am grateful for the reception I have received. I plan to continue knocking on doors throughout this campaign. [Read more…]

Williston’s breweries

CVU soccer

CVU field hockey

Guest Column: The case for ‘tobacco 21’

By Rep. George Till, MD

Raising the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 would save lives by preventing adolescents from ever taking up smoking. It is the best way to prevent lifelong addiction, associated chronic disease and suffering. [Read more…]

All Breed Rescue gears up for Howl-O-Ween 5K

Observer courtesy photo Bretta, a dog at All Breed Rescue in 2015, dons a lion's costume for the group's fundraiser last year.

Observer courtesy photo
Bretta, a dog at All Breed Rescue in 2015, dons a lion’s costume for the group’s fundraiser last year.

If taking in four-legged furbabies trotting around in costumes while getting in a good workout is your perfect Sunday, you’re in luck. [Read more…]