May 31, 2016

Electronic tablets made for tech-challenged seniors

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email, but want to get one that’s super simple to use. What can you recommend?

—Shopping Around

Dear Shopping,

There are several different ways you can go about getting your mom a simplified tablet that’s easy for her to use. Depending on how much help she needs and how much you’re willing to spend, here are some different options to consider.

Simplify any tablet [Read more…]

What’s Cooking? Fun baking with the kids

By Lucy McCullough

I have many fond memories of baking cookies with my mother and sister when I was a child and again with my own children.

When children are very young they, do best with a quick and simple cookie recipe as their attention span is short. Peanut butter cookies are so easy and fun for kids, as they get to roll the dough with their hands and flatten and press with a fork in a crisscross pattern.

Peanut Butter Cookies [Read more…]

‘Outstanding Business’ award finalists announced

Observer staff

Three finalists have been selected for Vermont’s Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award, Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced last week.

Black River Produce, of North Springfield, South Burlington-based PC Construction Company and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, based in Montpelier, have all been chosen as finalists for the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year. One of the three will be selected as the winner and announced at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in a ceremony on Thursday, May 26. [Read more…]

Property transfers

1496 Redmond Road

Burlington Transfer Station sold a commercial property to Casella Waste Management Inc. for $1,000,000 on April 1.

947 Oak Hill Road

Paul Roscoe and Julie Dale sold a single-family home to Nancy Abernathey for $980,000 on April 1.

Mountain View Road

Dorothy A. Ingalls Estate, Christopher Caswell Exec. sold miscellaneous property to Nguyen and Hong Le Nguyen for $68,000 on April 4. [Read more…]

HUB Happenings

LEONARDO’S SAUCE IN STORES

Leonardo's is now distributing its pizza sauce to retail locations.

Leonardo’s is now distributing its pizza sauce to retail locations.

Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce is now distributing in retail locations throughout Vermont and nationwide, according to an April 21 release by the company. As one of the only dedicated pizza sauce companies, the Burlington and Portland, Maine-based pizza company is distributing 16-ounce jars of the sauce in four different flavors: original, asiago, garlic and chipotle. Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce is an offshoot of Leonardo’s Pizza, the company says, a second-generation, family-owned enterprise. [Read more…]

The HUB: Factory store latest dream of local entrepreneur

Observer photo by Al Frey David Glickman in front of one of the machines at Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company’s newly opened factory store, on Boyer Circle in Williston.

Observer photo by Al Frey
David Glickman in front of one of the machines at Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company’s newly opened factory store, on Boyer Circle in Williston.

Vermont Butcher Block & Board Co. opens doors

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

When David Glickman, the owner of Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company, moved to this state, he was giving up the kind of Manhattan-centric lifestyle that to some sounds just like the dream of “making it.”

Working as a pharmaceutical project manager, he and his wife faced raising their first child in the city he grew up near as a suburban kid in Montvale, N.J. A switch flipped for them, he said. And he was sick of the suits. [Read more…]

Global Foundries recognized for innovative environmental efforts

In a Montpelier award ceremony held last month, Global Foundries was lauded for reducing the chemical use and electricity spent in the process of making semi-conductor chips, as well as improving the overall electrical consumption of their Essex Junction operations.

Global Foundries won two of the four awards issued in the business category, and was the only Chittenden County company to win the award, which was given out on April 28.

According to the state, Global Foundries won for reducing chemical use in the semiconductor chip-making processes in such a way as to save $90,000 a year in chemicals, reducing the use of chemicals by 360 tons per year. The innovation also saves 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, saves 3.1 million gallons of water and eliminated 600 tons of waste per year. [Read more…]

Little League’s greatest hits

Observer photos by Al Frey

Observer photos by Al Frey

Observer photos by Al Frey

Observer photos by Al Frey

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CVU Sports Scoreboard

Track and Field

May 11 at St. Johnsbury. Girls Team Scores: St. Johnsbury 190.5, CVU 110, North Country 30: Boys: St. Johnsbury 242, CVU 126, North Country 83

May 14 at South Burlington. Girls: St. Johnsbury 175, Essex 106, South Burlington 72, Burlington 66, CVU 23: Boys: South Burlington 131, St. Johnsbury 123, Burlington 67, Essex 48, CVU 37

Girls Softball [Read more…]

Three, two, one… and they’re off!

Observer photos by Al Frey

Williston Runs for Education kicked off at Williston Central School on Saturday, May 14 with a Kids Fun Run. The 5K winners were Paul Kartschoke (20:06) and Trista Cousino (23:39), and Zachary Spitznagle finished second place in the male 14 and under category at 20:13. Grace Steinman won in the female 14 and under category with a time of 29:05.

Williston Runs_060 5K 14May16Younger kids ran a loop around the gravel track, with 28 of them toeing the starting line and making it through the one-third of a mile course with smiles, high-fives and cheering. [Read more…]