August 27, 2014

PHOTOS: Pint Night at Burlington Beer Company

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Burlington Beer Company on Omega Drive in Williston – owned by Essex Junction native Joe Lemnah – hosted its first in a series of Community Pint Nights on Aug. 9. The event featured a potpourri of activities including a “spirit animal” art show, exercise demos, live music, localvore food, ping pong and craft beer tastings. Trevor Thompson serves one of the six craft beers brewed on site. (Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum)

Burlington Beer Company on Omega Drive in Williston – owned by Essex Junction native Joe Lemnah – hosted its first in a series of Community Pint Nights on Aug. 9. The event featured a potpourri of activities including a “spirit animal” art show, exercise demos, live music, localvore food, ping pong and craft beer tastings. Pictured, Trevor Thompson serves one of the six craft beers brewed on site. (Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum)

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PHOTOS: Williston Farmer’s Market

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Williston Farmers Market vendors and attendees enjoyed a warm, sunny day on Wednesday. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Williston Farmers Market vendors and attendees enjoyed a warm, sunny day on Wednesday. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Sustainable Garden Tour

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Eighteen locals—from beginners to master gardeners— traveled earlier this month to five gardens around Williston for the Sustainable Gardens Tour, hosted by Sustainable Williston. Tour-goers explored the different gardens, heard the experiences of gardeners, tasted produce and more. (Observer courtesy photos by Marie-Claude Beaudette)

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PHOTOS: Little League baseball

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Williston Little Leaguers finished their 1-3 run in the New England Regional Tournament in Bristol, Conn. last week in an exciting match against Bangor, Maine. Behind 4-0, Williston’s Aiden Johnson hit a three-run homer to put them back in the game, only to have Bangor go on to score four more runs in the bottom of the inning. (Observer photos by David Herskowitz)

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How much is your old stuff worth?

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Dear Savvy Senior,
What resources can you recommend for finding the value of old items? I inherited a large number of old antiques and unique art from my great aunt, and I would like to find out what some of these items are worth.
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Recipe Corner: Desserts and Sauces

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By Ginger Isham

We are enjoying an abundance of fresh blueberries. I think our chickens are, too. In addition to cobbler, pie, muffins and breads, blueberries make a wonderful sauce for ice cream, pancakes, waffles, yellow cake, etc.

Blueberry Ginger Sauce
1 and 1/2 cups blueberries (be generous)
1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup light corn syrup (I used a generous 1/3 cup of maple syrup)
1/4 cup water
1 small piece of ginger, peeled and smashed (I used candied ginger, cut up)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Combine berries, sugar, syrup, water and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to boil, turn down to simmer for about 25 minutes to break down the berries, stirring now and then. Pour berry mix into a wire strainer set over a bowl. Add lemon juice. [Read more...]

Williston playwrights featured in annual event

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The Valley Players is very pleased to be collaborating once again with the Vermont Playwrights Circle’s 7th annual presentation of ten 10-minute plays by local playwrights.
Williston residents’ plays at the event are: [Read more...]

Fall sports underway at CVU

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Some 90 varsity and junior varsity candidates turned out late Monday afternoon for the opening football tryouts and practices at Champlain Valley Union High School.
Another 20 to 25 were expected to be on hand later this week for freshman team tryouts.
Were the gridiron hopefuls in good physical condition on opening day? [Read more...]

Essex-CVU legion champs bow out of New Englands

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Helped by at least three former Champlain Valley Union High players in its run to the Vermont State Championship, the Essex American Legion baseball team lost an elimination game, 4-3, to Bangor, Maine Saturday at the New England Regionals in Middletown, Conn. [Read more...]

NESN appearance for Little Leaguers

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Williston Little Leaguers (ages 11 and 12) are back home after going 1-3 in the New England Regional Tournament last week in Bristol, Conn.
Coach Paul Angstman’s charges bowed out of the event last Wednesday with an 8-5 loss to Bangor, Maine, a game televised on the New England Sports Network (NESN), the Boston Red Sox channel.
The game had high drama. [Read more...]