March 2, 2015

Unplugging in the age of social media


By Bette Bussel 

American Camp Association,  New England

Unplugged from the constant buzz of technology, children at camp find themselves making genuine connections with other children, rediscovering the fun in physical fitness, learning their own strengths and finding their own voices. Today, children frequently spend as much solitary time plugged into various forms of technology as they spend in school. Summer camps offer a refreshing and unique break from that routine, fostering the development of social skills.  [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Sandwiches with soup


By Ginger Isham

Sometimes you can surprise the family with a sandwich that makes them think they are eating out at a restaurant.

Best Ever Grilled Cheese

2 tablespoons mayo

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

4 slices sourdough bread

2 slices Swiss Cheese

2 slices cheddar cheese

2 slices sweet onion [Read more...]

Boys await hockey playoff pairings 

CVU’s Daniel Mathon fends off a Colchester opponent on Saturday. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU’s Daniel Mathon fends off a Colchester opponent on Saturday. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Coach Mike Murray’s surging Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team took a 12-6-1 record to Essex Wednesday (Observer press time) for their regular season-ending clash with the high-flying 15-1-3 Hornets.

Essex owned a 2-1 nipping of the defensing Division 1 champion Redhawks at the Birds’ home ice at Cairns Arena Jan. 17.

Wednesday’s contest was the final game before playoff pairings are released by the Vermont Principals’ Association. [Read more...]

Roundball playoff route mapped for unbeaten girls

Abby Thut launches for a shot on Feb. 13. The Redhawks cruised to a 48-22 victory against St. Johnsbury Academy. Observer photo by Al Frey.

Abby Thut launches for a shot on Feb. 13. The Redhawks cruised to a 48-22 victory against St. Johnsbury Academy. Observer photo by Al Frey.

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

By Monday noon, the new challenges facing the 20-0 Champlain Valley Union High girls’ basketball team came front and center as the 2015 playoff pairings were posted by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

The two-time defending Division 1 champion and top-seeded Redhawks were slated to open their second season Wednesday night at their home Dave Bremner Gymnasium against Spaulding High of Barre. [Read more...]

Milestone: Golden Anniversary


Golden anniversary


Rodney and Charlene Muir

Rodney and Charlene (Forant) Muir of Morgan Parkway in Williston recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A party with family and friends was held at the Milton Arrowhead Eagle’s Club on Feb. 8. D.J. Robert Wagner officiated the event and the Eagle’s provided a generous buffet. Guests read nuggets of wisdom for a long and happy marriage. An anniversary dance to Vince Gill’s “Look At Us” acknowledged many couples who have enjoyed many years of togetherness, several exceeding 25 years or more, a few approaching 50 years and some celebrating 50 years or more. [Read more...]

Protecting your bone health


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can a person in their early 50s have osteoporosis? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter, the doctor that treated me told me I might have osteoporosis. What can you tell me? 

— Worried Ronda

Dear Ronda,

While osteoporosis is much more common in older seniors, it can strike at any age. In fact, the National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that half of women and up to 25 percent of men in the U.S. over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.   [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor


Joy Limoge for Williston Selectboard

Joy Limoge is a highly respected, dedicated and active member in our community. Joy serves or is a member of several business and community organizations, including the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Shelburne Museum, the Flynn Center for Performing Arts and the Sunrise Rotary club. [Read more...]

Support the Williston 2015-2016 school budget


By the Williston School Board

Please support the Williston School District and vote yes on the 2015-2016 budget. The $17,319,491 budget represents a mere 0.38 percent increase. This budget provides the funding necessary to maintain the quality education that our community expects while respecting the tough economic conditions that many Williston residents are experiencing. [Read more...]

School board candidates


Three Williston residents are running for two seats on the Williston School District Board. One resident is running for a seat on the Champlain Valley Union High School Board. A second three-year term is vacant. Anyone interested can still run as a write-in candidate, and must receive 30 votes to be elected.

Williston School District Board

Two-year term

Kevin Mara is running unopposed for a two-year term on the Williston School Board. [Read more...]

Kevin Riell bound for VPA Hall of Fame


By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Kevin Riell, the late Champlain Valley Union High athletic director, will be one of 12 inductees into the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame May 1 in the state’s capital city.

Riell, who passed away suddenly in December, had been a fixture at CVU since 1986 as a coach and administrator, then as the school’s director of co-curricular activities for the past two decades. [Read more...]