June 26, 2016

“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”

Paradise Lost…Again

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

 

“Oh fame, thy time is fleeting.”

 

Either someone once said that or I just made it up. All the same, it adequately nails down the gist of “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” a satiric mockumentary that hilariously challenges the authenticity of contemporary rock-‘n’-roll stardom. Written by and starring the troika of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, it is a copycatting but valid update of the thesis “This is Spinal Tap” (1984) proffered about musical success. That the three are childhood friends playing childhood friends doesn’t hurt the effort.

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Cops: ‘Extremely convincing’ new scam

Williston Police have seen an uptick in phone scammers calling homes and trying to convince people to wire money electronically.

In an alert last week, the Williston Police said several complaints had been reported in which scammers tell the person picking up the phone not to hang up, and that they have a loved one who has been hurt, or is being held for ransom or that is in some other life-threatening situation. The caller then demands money, and specifies that it must be wired electronically. [Read more…]

New diet may help prevent Alzheimer’s

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that there’s a new diet that can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What can you tell me about this? My 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s and I want to do everything I can to protect myself.

—Concerned Daughter

Dear Concerned,

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What’s Cooking? Inspired by the weather

By Lucy McCullough

After the long stretch of hot weather, the cooler temperatures this week and the eaves dripping, baking comes to mind.

What about a carrot cake? This cake was one my mother-in-law, Julia McCullough, often baked for birthdays or special occasions and we would bake for her on her birthday.

It is a crowd pleaser and stays moist over the several days it takes to consume if not being shared by several people. The cream-cheese icing is ideal on this cake. [Read more…]

Getting outside the classroom for a ‘Fun Day’

Students from Allen Brook School (grades 1-2) and Williston Central School (grades 3-4) participated in cooperative activities, relays and water events at the annual ‘Fun Day’ on June 14 run by middle school upper house students and coordinated by the physical education staff at both schools.  Parent volunteers filled water balloons and assisted with supervision at the stations.

BallShari Carr encourages students from Equinox House as they keep the Omnikin Ball up in the air. [Read more…]

Boys win it all in lacrosse championship game

Williston Observer photos by Al Frey

With just seconds to go, CVU boys lacrosse landed its fourth-straight Div. I title Saturday. Matt Palmer’s final shot, with just seconds to go in a tied game, landed the team a 12-11 win over South Burlington June 11.

Walter Braun gets checked during the CVU vs South Burlington Division 1 lacrosse championship on Saturday the 11th.

Walter Braun gets checked during the CVU vs South Burlington Division 1 lacrosse championship on Saturday the 11th.

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Second undefeated year for CVU girls tennis

Observer file photo by Al Frey The girls tennis team, led by Kathy Joseph, celebrates a second undefeated season.

Observer file photo by Al Frey
The girls tennis team, led by Kathy Joseph, celebrates a second undefeated season.

By Amy deGroot

Special to the Observer

The Champlain Valley Union girls tennis team capped another undefeated season Thursday, June 2, with a narrow win against South Burlington, 4-3 in the finals of the team championships to become Vermont State Champions for a second year in a row.

It’s the seventh Vermont Division I State title the tennis team has landed in the past 10 years.

Two weeks prior, several members of the team had strong performances at the Vermont State Individuals Tournament, held May 19-21 in Warren, Vt. This tournament determines the strongest singles players and doubles teams in the state. [Read more…]

Williston Central School eighth graders graduate

The 8th grade chorus sings "100 Years" by Five for Fighting.

Observer photos by Al Frey
The 8th grade chorus sings “100 Years” by Five for Fighting.

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Students march in at the beginning of the ceremony.

(L-R) Alix Akey, Megan Laforce and Paker Soares deliver the class address

(L-R) Alix Akey, Megan Laforce and Paker Soares deliver the class address

CVU Graduates 2016

Observer photos by Al Frey Summer L. Bishop celebrates with her family after the ceremony.

Observer photos by Al Frey
Summer L. Bishop celebrates with her family after the ceremony.

Saint George

Liam E. Beliveau – won ACCESS CVU scholarship

Emilie M. Bernier

Erika I. Barth

Erica M. Bouton – North Country Community Service Award

Hender S. Dye

Hunter R. Hake

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Recreation and Parks

Adult Golf Clinics

Catamount Golf Center is offering group golf clinics. Proper grip, stance and swings will be covered. Join one or more as you progress through the skills and become a confident golfer. Instructor: Bill Boldwin, golf director. Ages 18 and up. Beginners and advanced beginners meet Tuesdays, June 21 to July 19, 6-7:30 p.m. Advanced beginners and intermediates meet Wednesdays, June 22 to July 20, 6-7:30 p.m. $140 per session.

Youth Golf Lessons

Catamount Golf Center is offering group lessons for children. Lessons will include developing a grip and set-up, full swing analysis and pitching, chipping and putting techniques. Basic rules and etiquette will also be taught.Instructor: Bill Boldwin, golf director. Ages 5-7, and adult presence is required. Tuesdays, July 12 to August 2, 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 8-11, Wednesdays, July 13 to August 3, 5-5:45 p.m. $80 per session.

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