October 23, 2016

A Tale of Two Breweries

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski The taps at Burlington Beer Company.

Observer photo by Jess Wisloski
The taps at Burlington Beer Company.

Williston’s beer boomers take different approaches to expand reach

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Two bustling craft-beer manufacturers have been putting Williston on the map for a certain kind of crowd. One, Burlington Beer Company, has been offering tastings, serving growlers and had subscriptions to monthly releases of modern, inventive and artisan beers since its doors opened on Omega Drive in spring of 2014. The other, Goodwater Brewery, opened its tasting room on Marshall Avenue this spring, and specializes in more classic beer in the tradition of England, Germany and Ireland brewing, as well as its own creative takes on regionally popular styles. [Read more…]

Popcorn: “Queen of Katwe”

Commanding Performance

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


You should see director Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” especially if you want to feel miserable, sad, perhaps a little guilty, frustrated and angry on the way to becoming a better person. It’s the true story of how Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl, had her life changed after learning the game of chess. But that’s just the movie’s way to get us into Poorest Africa…to abash us with its divulgences of the Third World. Expect no really great surprises. What an absolute downer it would be if the impoverished Phiona had no talent to pull her from the muck and mire of squalor. [Read more…]

Girls Soccer

CVU Football

mini Buccaneers football

Candidates and kids at WCS

Property Transfers

56 O’Neil Lane

Andrew and Christopher Mikell sold a single-family home to William and Mary Hill for $355,000 on July 8.

373 Blair Park Road [Read more…]

How and when to apply for Social Security retirement benefits

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What is the easiest way to apply for my Social Security retirement benefits, and how far in advance do I need to apply before I start collecting?

Approaching 62

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Leahy seeks to protect older workers from discrimination

LeahySenator Patrick Leahy urged the top leaders of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to take up his bipartisan bill to protect older Americans from workplace discrimination last month. [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two

By Ania Robertson

Easy to digest soup

(for heavy second courses)

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