September 30, 2014

Walk in their shoes


By Roger Smith

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.

The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: CVU Field Hockey vs. Essex

CVU's Lydia Maitland controls the ball during Friday's game against Essex. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU’s Lydia Maitland controls the ball during Friday’s game against Essex. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: 9/11 Ceremony


Poor weather drove the ceremony into the fire station, and emergency calls took two vehicles and several participants out on the road, but the event continued nonetheless. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

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Free ‘Healthy Living with Diabetes’ workshop


Fletcher Allen Health Care and Support And Services at Home (SASH) Program present a free “Healthy Living with Diabetes” workshop. Participants can learn techniques to feel better if you or a loved one has diabetes. The series of six free weekly workshops will be held Tuesdays from Oct. 7 through Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Essex Junction Senior Center. The classes are open to all, but seating is limited. For more information, email [email protected] or call 847-2278.

Choosing a Medicare plan that’s right for you


By Dave Reville

Medicare can help protect you or your loved one’s health, financial security and future. This year’s Medicare open enrollment season runs from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. If you’re 65 or over, you can review your Medicare options and change plans if you’d like. In fact, each year you have a chance to review your coverage and see what new benefits Medicare has to offer. [Read more...]

Generic drugs offer seniors big savings


Dear Savvy Senior,

Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which medicines are available in generic form.

— Leery Senior [Read more...]

Everyday Gourmet: Mint magic


By Kim Dannies

Mint may herald spring, but it also deserves a starring role in autumn cooking. It is the most abundant, beautiful herb in the garden right now, yet we forget to incorporate its magic into our cold weather cooking. Here are a few mint-friendly dishes to try before the cold snap arrives. [Read more...]

Theater groups announce fall productions

Lost Nation Theater performers act out a train chase scene from their upcoming production on 'The 39 Steps'.

Lost Nation Theater performers act out a train chase scene from their upcoming production on ‘The 39 Steps’.

Observer staff report

Local theater groups have announced their fall performances, ranging from thrillers to musical comedies. [Read more...]

Police Notes


Drug possession

James McCausland, 26, of Fayston was cited on a charge of possession of cocaine and heroin on Aug. 20, He was cited to appear in court.


Theft Eric John Bushway, 46, of Milton was cited on a charge of retail theft from Walmart on Aug. 21, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court. [Read more...]

Mini Metro tryouts coming up


Observer staff report

Tryouts begin next week for the Mini Metro League. [Read more...]