July 24, 2016

Popcorn: “The Legend of Tarzan”

Doesn’t Monkey Around

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

 

David Yates, director of several “Harry Potter” films, does a respectable job of both preserving and translating for contemporary tastes “The Legend of Tarzan.” Although a tad methodical, its highminded social conscience, solid acting performances and scintillating integration of special effects make up for its occasionally slow pace. Alexander Skarsgård, handsome, built to rumble and adept at varying grimaces, is a fine King of the Jungle…an extraordinary presence who can illustriously switch from human to ape mode whenever the survival instinct deems necessary.

[Read more…]

It’s all about the bass

Billy Bratcher plays the "stand up fiddle" for the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Thursday Night Concert Series on the Maple Tree Place stage to begin the 4th of July holiday festivities.

Billy Bratcher plays the “stand up fiddle” for the Starline Rhythm Boys at the Thursday Night Concert Series on the Maple Tree Place stage to begin the 4th of July holiday festivities.

The Starline Rhythm Boys were rockin’ Maple Tree Place as part of the concert series on June 30.

Billy Bratcher, bass player with the Starline Rhythm Boys who is known for his high-energy playing and flamboyant showmanship, did not disappoint the crowd.

When and how social security checks are delivered

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I plan to apply for my Social Security benefits in September. When can I expect my first check? And, is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment?

Almost Eligible

Dear Almost, [Read more…]

What’s Cooking? Looking for a quick snack for the kids?

By Lucy McCullough

I recall how great it was to have the kids home for the summer. They were always stopping in to see if there was a snack waiting for them and their friends. I discovered how helpful it was to have a roll of the oatmeal refrigerator cookies on hand to bake for them or for them to bake.

This was a recipe from Betty Hart, former Williston librarian and friend of my mother-in-law. [Read more…]

Bulldogs bring bite to ballpark battle

Observer courtesy photos by Paul Angstman Baker Angstman driving in a run, while Ian Parent prepares on deck.

Observer courtesy photos by Paul Angstman
Baker Angstman driving in a run, while Ian Parent prepares on deck.

Observer courtesy photos by Paul Angstman The team celebrates its win. Williston residents on the team include Aidan Johnson, Ian Parent, Griffin McDermott, Jacob Murphy and Baker Angstman.

Observer courtesy photos by Paul Angstman
The team celebrates its win. Williston residents on the team include Aidan Johnson, Ian Parent, Griffin McDermott, Jacob Murphy and Baker Angstman.

[Read more…]

Obituaries

Marion M. Munsell

Marion M. Munsell

Marion M. Munsell

Marion M. Munsell, 84, of Williston, died peacefully on July 4 at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. Marion was awaiting the day she would be back in Richard’s arms again

She was born in West Pawlet on January 10, 1932 the daughter of Mildred North and Thomas O’Grady. On December 26, 1953, Marion married the love of her life Richard E. Munsell.

[Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Total Sports Squirts

Experience a new sport each day of the program. Participants have the opportunity to try lacrosse, soccer, basketball, t-ball, floor hockey, flag football, parachute games and more in a safe, structured environment. Instructors: U.S. Sports Institute staff. Ages 3-5, Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 5-6 p.m. $100. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Sirotkin for Senate

Among a crowded field of 11 Democrats running for the Chittenden County Senate seat, Senator Michael Sirotkin clearly stands out. He is responsive to his constituents and seeks their input and has proven himself a very effective Senator. He is smart and hardworking and understands our part of the County, having lived with his late wife, former Rep./Sen. Sally Fox, in Williston and Essex for over 30 years.

I have had the privilege of knowing Michael since our kids went to preschool together in the 1980s. His long history of being engaged in improving the lives of working Vermonters is well known and highly respected. On Aug. 9, those of us selecting a Democratic ballot will each have six votes for Chittenden Senate. I believe that Senator Michael Sirotkin deserves one of those votes.

Jennie Cernosia
Williston
[Read more…]

Guest Column: How Vt. can fight racial injustice

By  Allyson Sironi and
Mark Hughes

Our organization, Justice For All, is a racial justice nonprofit in central Vermont.

In the wake of last week’s tragedies, we released a statement regarding the deaths of two African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. We also provided some comments on the murders of five Dallas, Tex. law enforcement officers and wounding of an additional seven.

In light of these national events and latest reports of disparities in the criminal justice system, concerns have emerged in Vermont. [Read more…]

Phish-y artist helps Frog Hollow raise funds

Through the rest of July, a partnership between Frog Hollow and the WaterWheel Foundation brings the work of artist James Bellizia to the gallery for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the new Artisan Grant program launched this month by Frog Hollow.

Bellizia’s eclectic collection of nearly 200 hand-printed canvas flags were featured in a 2011 Super Ball music festival, which was created and is hosted by the band Phish. The ninth festival took place that year and involved ongoing art installations. The flags are the only remaining pieces that are available for the public to purchase, according to a release by the gallery. [Read more…]