April 29, 2016

How to downsize for a move

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you offer any helpful tips for downsizing? My husband and I are interested in moving to a condo downtown when we retire, but we need to get rid of a lot of our personal possessions before we can move. We’ve lived in the same house for almost 35 years and have accumulated tons of stuff.

Feeling Overwhelmed

Dear Feeling,

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Healthy Food for Two: Succulent Ayurveda-guided eggplant appetizers

By Ania Robertson

For five thousand years, Ayurvedic practitioners have been observing the effect of food on people. Each person has their own constitution and should eat according to guidelines that bring each individual towards their own personal healthy balance.

It’s an Ayurvedic saying that, “Anything can be medicine and anything can be poison, you just have to know how to prepare it.” This reminds us that the unique qualities of different foods can be adjusted with the proper food combinations, spices and correct preparation.

Eggplant is slightly alkaline, astringent and bitter in taste. It is an excellent source of digestion-supportive dietary fiber that helps detoxify the colon. Also, eggplant is a good source of a bone-building vitamin K, magnesium, and manganese, heart-healthy potassium, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and niacin. Eggplant is high in oxalic acid, which causes the formation of calcium oxalate crystals, so it should not be eaten by those with kidney or gallstone problems.

Baked stuffed eggplant

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Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call United Way at 860-1677.

PLANT SALE REPOTTING

Burlington Dismas House needs green thumb volunteers to help with the annual plant sale by filling pots and transplanting. Potting takes place Tuesdays and Fridays, April 26 to May 24, 9 a.m. to noon and/or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Kimberly Parsons at 658-0381 or email kim@dismasofvermont.org. [Read more…]

Bellwether productions

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Fourth-graders Benjo Torres, Talia Gibbs, Windsor Hoopes and sixth-grader Karina Berlin, of The Bellwether School, perform in an original play about Eurasian milfoil at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on April 14. They were among 150 student performers featured for the opening of a new exhibit, ‘Invasives: Lake Champlain’s Most Unwanted.’

Dancing Machines

 A dance team rolls back to a song.

A dance team rolls back to a song.

Observer photos by Al Frey

Williston Central School’s Dance-a-Rama continued a tradition April 15 that brings the third and fourth grade classes together to develop super-secretive routines and then compete against each other in a final dance-off. Equinox, Kaleidoscope and Mosaic houses were all involved, with a total of 12 teams and 200 students competing against each other.

Property Transfers

19 Holland Lane

The Snyder Taft Corners LLC sold a residential plot less than six acres to Rachel Coronel for $370,650 on Feb. 1, 2016.

5256 Williston Road

A&D Investments, LLC sold a residential plot less than six acres to DPJ Investments, LLC for $361,350 on Feb. 8, 2016.

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‘Best Vermont workplaces’ ranking names 2016 winners

Employees from Edward Jones, which was named the best large employer to work for in Vermont, pose with the award on March 31.

Employees from Edward Jones, which was named the best large employer to work for in Vermont, pose with the award on March 31.

Employees from the Vermont Housing Finance Agency pose on March 31 after the company won best small employer of the year.

Employees from the Vermont Housing Finance Agency pose on March 31 after the company won best small employer of the year.

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‘Best Vermont Workplaces’ Complete List

Small Employer

1. Vermont Housing Finance Agency

2. Instrumart

3. Vermont College of Fine Arts

4. ASIC North, Inc

5. Fuse, LLC

6. Cathedral Square

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Hub Happenings

VT SEASONAL UNEMPLOYMENT

The unemployment rate for the seasonally unemployed was down one-tenth of one percent in March to 3.3 percent unemployment for this time of year in the state. Seasonally adjusted Vermont data shows the number of employed increased by 850 from the previous month, and the number of unemployed decreased by 200 people, the state’s Labor Department reported.

Vermont’s unemployment rates in 17 market areas ranged from 2.6 percent in South Burlington-Burlington to 6.9 percent in Derby. The not seasonally-adjusted rates of employment showed a loss of 1,800 jobs in March, decreasing from February, which the state attributes to the end of the winter season and decrease in hospitality and leisure employment.

BBB EXPANDS REVIEWING [Read more…]

Things are blossoming at American Meadows

Observer courtesy photo A field of wildflowers featuring American Meadows' varieties. Mike Lizotte and Ethan Platt purchased Williston-based seed and bulb distributor American Meadows in 2008.

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A field of wildflowers featuring American Meadows’ varieties. Mike Lizotte and Ethan Platt purchased Williston-based seed and bulb distributor American Meadows in 2008.

By Anna Schwarz

Observer contributor

Established in 1981 in the Champlain Valley by Chy and Ray Allen, American Meadows is an online retailer of wildflower seeds, perennial plants, flower bulbs and vegetable seeds. In 2008, after working for the Allens for many years, Mike Lizotte purchased American Meadows with friend and business partner Ethan Platt. Since then, the pair has been working hard to build upon the legacy that the Allens created.

What is your mission and what makes you unique?

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