January 23, 2019

Third grader inspires Williston business to ditch plastic straws

Riordan Adams note to the owner of Ramunto’s Pizza.

By Raeann Bilow

Special to the Observer

Trivia time! What do the city of Seattle, Starbucks and Ramunto’s Pizza all have in common?

Answer: All three places have recently joined the growing movement to eliminate plastic straws. [Read more…]

Farmers market to make changes for 2019

The Williston farmers market at Kismet Place will be back in 2019 with new management.

By Clover Whitham

Observer correspondent

The Williston farmers market is slated to return to Kismet Place next summer, but with a new time and a new manager.

Sharon Gutwin, owner of Rehab Gym and Kismet Place, volunteered both the space and her time to manage this year’s farmers market. It was Williston’s first since it was held at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in 2015. [Read more…]

“Juliet, Naked”

Anatomy of a Triangle

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

Ethan Hawke’s Tucker Crowe in Jesse Peretz’s intelligent, seriocomic “Juliet, Naked,” had me thinking back to 1969 when, during a hiccup in my education, I visited my best friend, rock ‘n’ roller Howard “Richard” Tepp, in Malibu. It was the era of free love and, like the fictitious Tucker Crowe, Howie, through the cooperation of some enthusiastic groupies, had strewn the landscape with several progeny. The other similarity between the two is the cult following that grew out of their brief stardom.

Fact is, throughout history there have been many such multi-pollinating troubadours who, intentionally or not, have [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Cristina Clarimon-Alinder

Kale and Apple Salad

The garden is enchanting this time of the year. The sunlight filters through the overgrown borders, and seed-heads are everywhere casting delicate shadows. Cosmos and calendulas coexist with some vigorous winter greens.

[Read more…]

Which flu shot is right for you?

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve been reading that there are a bunch of different flu vaccines for seniors this flu season. Which flu shot is right for me?

Flu-Conscious Carol

Dear Carol, [Read more…]

CVU sports roundup

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent


Champlain Valley 3, South Burlington 0: Champlain Valley staged a third set comeback to clinch a 3-0 win over visiting South Burlington on Monday.

The Redhawks took the first set 25-15, then followed with a 25-17 win in the second. After trailing early in the third set, CVU came back to sew up the win.

The win moves the Redhawks to 4-0 after CVU topped Rice 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 13.

GIRLS SOCCER [Read more…]

Nauheimer joins CVU as volleyball coach

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley High School’s three-year old volleyball program has seen quite a bit of success –winning the state’s inaugural state championship in 2017 and finishing second last season – but the players are still just newcomers when it comes to the sport. [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

New director of development at Humane Society

Joyce Cameron, President & CEO of the Humane Society of Chittenden County, welcomes Diana Hill as Director of Development. Raised in Vermont, Hill is a graduate of American University, and spent several years on the West Coast working for non-profits and animal welfare organizations. She brings many years of fundraising experience to HSCC, most recently as Asst. Director of Annual Giving for Middlebury College. She lives in Monkton with her husband and dog, Roger.

IFundWomen Vermont available for women entrepreneurs

Governor Phil Scott and iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses, recently announced the launch of iFundWomen Vermont, a statewide initiative to drive funding to early-stage entrepreneurs.

Applicants chosen to participate will have the option to start their crowdfunding campaigns immediately and will have access to one-on-one business and crowdfunding coaching, as well as video production services to help them pitch their concepts and tell their stories. Campaigns that are fully funded by March 31, 2019 will be eligible to participate in the first-ever iFundWomen Vermont Pitch Competition in April, showcasing the top companies in the cohort and giving them the opportunity to raise even more startup capital.

“Vermont has tens of thousands of women-led companies who are under-banked. It’s difficult for early-stage startups to get approved for loans or to raise venture capital, so up until now, there have been limited options for women to get the funding needed to prove their business concepts out. iFundWomen Vermont changes that instantly,” said Karen Cahn, Founder and CEO of iFundWomen. All women-led businesses in Vermont can get more information at https://beta.ifundwomen.com/vermont/

Blue Cross and Blue Shield earns ‘Outstanding Member Experiences’ award

A national program that surveyed more than 4,000 Vermonters about the service they received from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has recognized the company as one of the leading member service organizations in North America.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Customer Service call center was awarded Call Center of the Year among small and mid-sized organizations by Service Quality Metrics (SQM). SQM selected BCBSVT’s call center as number one among 500 call centers that they work with “because of the company’s outstanding customer and employee satisfaction results,” according to a press release.

Kinney Pike Acquires Parker Insurance Agency

Kinney Pike Insurance has acquired Parker Insurance Agency located in White River Junction.  As part of the merger, Parker Insurance Agency will relocate to Kinney Pike’s White River Junction office at 1011 North Main Street. “Kinney Pike Insurance has built a reputation for being very stable, dependable and for conducting business with the utmost integrity,” stated Ken Parker, principal of Parker Insurance Agency. “I elected to partner with Kinney Pike because of our shared values and the outstanding reputation they have in the insurance industry,” Parker added.

All current Parker Insurance Agency staff will continue to work for the combined entity. Kinney Pike Insurance has seven locations, include an office on Route 2A in Williston.

Vermont Tech gets accreditation for Paramedicine program

Vermont Technical College’s paramedicine program has received official accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The program is the first fully accredited paramedicine program in the state.

More older Americans are starting their own businesses

By Robert Yaniz Jr.

Traditionally, we tend to think of aspiring entrepreneurs as young professionals with decades of potential ahead of them and energy to spare. However, judging by current trends, perhaps it’s time for this outdated notion to be refreshed. [Read more…]

PT360 brings NASA technology to Williston

The employee-owned physical therapy cooperative PT360 has added an Alter G Anti-Gravity treadmill to it’s Williston location, bringing the science of NASA to its clients.

Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The employee-owned physical therapy cooperative PT360 has added an Alter G Anti-Gravity treadmill to it’s Williston location, bringing the science of NASA to its clients.

The treadmill uses an air pressure feature to create an environment that helps reduce the amount of body weight and pressure when standing, walking or running.

[Read more…]