February 8, 2016

Financial paperwork: what to keep, what to toss

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

How long should a person hang on to old receipts, stock records, tax returns and other financial documents? I have accumulated boxes full of such papers over the years and would like to get rid of some of it now that I’m retired.

Getting Organized [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two

Healthy Food for Two

Healthy Food for Two

By Ania Robertson

Easy, quick and healthy fish

Fish is one of the healthiest meal options that provides innumerable health benefits and helps you stay healthy and fit when included in your diet. [Read more…]

Boys hoops to face Essex, St. J

Observer photos by Al Frey Walker Storey dodges his opponent. Storey had the most points of the game—23.

Observer photos by Al Frey
Walker Storey dodges his opponent. Storey had the most points of the game—23.

Observer photo by Al Frey George Davis moves down the court

Observer photo by Al Frey
George Davis moves down the court

The Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team will take on Essex High at home Thursday before heading to St. Johnsbury Monday. [Read more…]

Free flag football Sundays

The Champlain Valley Union High School football program and Chittenden South Supervisory Union Buccaneers Youth Football Program will host free flag football pickup games for second to seventh graders. [Read more…]

Wrestlers head to N.H.

CVU Wrstlg vs _186MMU & MD 20Jan16 Cooper Bolduc

Observer photo by Al Frey
Cooper Bolduc gets the upper hand

CVU Wrstlg vs _021MMU & MD 20Jan16 Cooper Bouchard

Observer photo by Al Frey
Cooper Bouchard flips his opponent during a Jan. 20 match against Middlebury

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Jaunich hits basketball milestone; Rebels next

CVU Girls BB vs_082 MAU 22Jan16CVU Girls BB vs_200 MAU 22Jan16 CVU Girls BB vs_283 MAU 22Jan16Observer photos by Al Frey [Read more…]

Places I’ve Played

Observer courtesy photo The author and his family enjoy their last meal at Bove’s. Bill Skiff is on the far right. His brother Bobby is on the far left of the back row.

Observer courtesy photo
The author and his family enjoy their last meal at Bove’s. Bill Skiff is on the far right. His brother Bobby is on the far left of the back row.

By Bill Skiff

Brother Bobby and Bove’s

It was a regular Vermont December evening—but not for me. I was clinging with desperation to the backseat of my grandfather’s ‘39 Packard as my father and I raced toward Burlington to deliver Mother, so she could deliver.

As we peeled around the corner in Jericho by the Old Mill, a huge deer leapt into the middle of the road. We collided with a BANG. Next thing I knew, I was flat on the floor behind the backseat. A deafening thud fell on the roof as hair flew around the back window. Dad never slowed down. He kept the accelerator to the floor and we roared on toward Winooski. [Read more…]

Library Notes

Youth News

After School Movie

Thursday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. The story of how the adorable yellow helpers came to their collective purpose of seeking out and serving despicable masters. Rated PG. 91 minutes. Snacks provided.

Preschool Story Time

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Includes a simple craft activity. For children ages 3-5. Feb. 2: Jan Brett Stories; Feb. 9: Silly Stories; Feb. 16: Moon and Stars. No story time Feb. 23.

Food For Thought Library Volunteers

Thursday, Feb. 4, 4-5 p.m. Grades 7-12 Teen Advisory Group. Pizza, discussion and library projects for teens. New members welcome.

Pajama Story Time: Valentine’s Day

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Voting for change

Dear friends,

This is the political season. I believe that almost all people who seek political office do it with the best interests of their constituents. Different candidates have different perspectives on what the best interests are.

Some believe that increasing government control is usually in the best interest of the most people. I remember years ago a friend who was upset that a flashlight battery didn’t last as long as he thought it should. His remark: “The government should do something about it.” Others believe that fair competition is a better way than government controls to get longer battery life. [Read more…]

Guest Column: A new prescription for Vermonters’ health

By John Brumsted

Together, we are writing a new prescription for the health of Vermonters: pay health care providers for keeping people healthy instead of just treating them when they are sick.

This is a change the University of Vermont Health Network is committed to making. We recently set a goal of having 80 percent of our revenue tied to the overall health and wellness of our patients by 2018, rather than being paid for every test or procedure we perform or by our hospital admissions. Right now, less than 15 percent of UVM Medical Center’s revenue comes from payment arrangements tied to the quality, not the quantity, of care provided, so this represents a big change. [Read more…]