July 30, 2015

POPCORN: “Ted 2” Raunchier Than the Average Bear


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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


It is the juvenile innocence behind the unabashed raunchiness manifested by Mark Wahlberg’s John Bennett and his title teddy bear come-to-life that makes this franchise so ridiculously inviting. Who among us didn’t have a childhood filled with uncountable fantasies…make believe beings and anthropomorphic imaginings that made the world we were entering just a bit more perfect? Director Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted 2” says let the no-nonsense spoilsports believe what they will. They’re wrong. Ted lives. [Read more…]

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,

Generally, Social Security retirement benefits (as well as disability and survivor benefits) are paid in the month after the month they are due. So, if you apply for your Social Security benefits in September, you will receive your September benefits in October. [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two: Quinoa

By Ania Robertson

(keen-wah) — ‘The Gold of the Incas’

Quinoa has been cultivated in the Andes for more than 5,000 years. It is an edible seed of a grain crop in the goosefoot family.

Gluten-free quinoa is a complete protein source, high in iron, magnesium and fiber. It is the gold of our healthy pantry, which cooks easily and quickly. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to www.unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call us at 860-1677.


ReSOURCE is looking for construction-minded volunteers who enjoy working with their hands. Volunteers will help acquire reusable buildings materials from deconstruction projects and transport salvaged materials. Volunteers should be able to lift up to 50 pounds and safely use hand and power tools. Flexible scheduling. Contact Joshua Lutz at 658-4143 or email [email protected] [Read more…]

Police Notes

Cocaine possession

Andrew R. Ferguson, 22, of Barre was cited on a charge of possession of 2.5 grams of cocaine on June 19, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court.


Chelsea Hammond, 23, of Burlington was cited on a charge of retail theft from Walmart on June 19 after allegedly taking more than $47 worth of merchandise, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court. [Read more…]



Mr. Donald P. Merchant, 88, died on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born in Colchester, July 20, 1926, the son of Frank and Carrie (Palady) Merchant. Mr. Merchant retired from the McKenzie Meat Packing Co. in 1988, after working there for over 40 years. He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael J. Merchant of Williston, and Dana E. and his wife, Pamela Merchant, of Meriden, Conn.; grandson, Justin Merchant, and great-granddaughter, Tessa Merchant, both of Meriden, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, [Read more…]

Soccer club tryouts July 17

The Williston Soccer Club will hold tryouts for girls U11 and U12 teams on July 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Williston Central School soccer fields. Girls do not have to be from Williston to play for the Williston Soccer Club.

The U11 team will be composed of fifth graders and will play in the Vermont Soccer Association league. In addition, they will play in Vermont and out-of-state U11 premier tournaments in the fall and spring. [Read more…]

CVU grads named to Twin State soccer team

When graduated seniors from Vermont and New Hampshire high schools contest the boys and girls Twin State soccer bragging rights July 18, there will be a strong Champlain Valley Union High presence.

The 41st annual Lions Club matches are scheduled for Spartan Stadium at Castleton State College with the girls playing at 4 p.m. and the boys at 6. Proceeds from the games support Lions Clubs sight and hearing projects.

CVU girls soccer coach Stan Williams will direct the Vermont team with his regular assistant Chris Smith. [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. You can find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.

Summer Bookmobile Service: Bad News and Good News

The bad news is that the new bookmobile will not be ready until after early autumn. The truck manufacturer received a higher volume of orders than expected and was not able to send the vehicle to the specialty builder on time.

The good news is we will run a small version of the bookmobile from a rented van for service from July 14 through Aug. 27. The schedules are still being developed so check our website to see the routes. We will not have a musical horn so listen for honking when we arrive in neighborhoods. [Read more…]

Vermonter at Large: Wither the Vermont GOP hopefuls

By Mal Boright

With Gov. Peter Shumlin having told Vermonters he has had the course when it comes to running the state (no third term), the number one political job suddenly became wide open.

And so the speculators are speculating, the hopefuls are hoping and the pundits are listening and then braying. There will be political feathers flying, likely in all three groupings.

As the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill was fond of saying, “Politics ain’t beanbag.”

In Vermont, though, we like to think we play a softer kind of political warfare.

It will be fascinating to watch the elbowing, kicking and even a bit of screaming as the primary positioning games begin for the Democrats, Republicans and Progressives. [Read more…]