February 2, 2015

PHOTOS: Amabassador Noah

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Noah Cohen, a second grader at Allen Brook School, was named the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champion for Vermont in a ceremony on Jan. 16 at the school. Noah was born with VACTERL association, a rare disorder that affects multiple body systems and that has so far required numerous surgeries. He calls UVM Children’s Hospital ‘my hospital’ and, with his family, is committed to fundraising to ‘assure that all kids who need the hospital have as positive a hospital experience as he has had,’ according to information provided by the hospital.

 

 

Noah CMN 01-16_105 2015

Noah with Dr. Lewis First, chairman and professor in the department of pediatrics at UVM College of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics at the hospital.

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PHOTOS: CVU gymnastics

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CVU gymnasts bowed to an always-strong Essex High team on Friday at Green Mountain Gymnastics. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

CVU gymnasts bowed to an always-strong Essex High team on Friday at Green Mountain Gymnastics. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU Hockey vs. Essex

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Senior forward Cam Rivard lines up a move toward the goal during Saturday’s game against undefeated Essex High. The Redhawks lost 2-1. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Senior forward Cam Rivard lines up a move toward the goal during Saturday’s game against undefeated Essex High. The Redhawks lost 2-1. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “Into the Woods” Lumbers a Bit

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2 1/2 popcorns

2 1/2 popcorns

 

“Into the Woods”

Lumbers a Bit

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic

 

Director Rob Marshall’s movie adaptation of James Lapine (book) and Stephen Sondheim’s (music and lyrics) “Into the Woods” is whimsical and enchanting until about the 60% mark, at which time it bogs down into the catastasis. That’s the point in drama, as I explained to my daughter Erin when she was little, when push comes to shove and it looks like things might not work out too well. She quickly informed: “I hate the catastasis.” Well, me too sometimes. Here, in what is essentially a two-part saga, it disrupts more than heightens the experience. [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Soup as the main course

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By Ginger Isham

Sometimes I double a soup recipe so I can put some in the freezer for later. I save any kind of left over potato, veggies, canned tomatoes, rice, pasta and meats for soups. By adding onion, garlic, celery and spices, along with chicken or beef broth, you can be creative with soups. The following soup is one I have not made for a long time.

Mulligatawny Soup
(the name means “pepper water”)

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
1 medium stalk of celery, sliced [Read more...]

Elder Education Enrichment announces spring programs

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Elder Education Enrichment will begin its spring series of programs on Feb. 2.
The EEE series is held at the Faith United Methodist Church, a handicapped accessible facility, located in South Burlington at 899 Dorset St. Parking is available at the church, with overflow parking allowed at the north end of the Temple Sinai parking lot at the corner of Swift and Dorset streets.
Lectures cover topics in areas including Vermont issues such as community policing, Vermont and U.S. history and foreign affairs. Each lecture starts at 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. Coffee and refreshments are served 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. during the first session of each month. [Read more...]

Getting around when you can no longer drive

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By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
Where can I find out about alternative transportation options for my elderly mother? She needs to give up driving, but before she does, we need to figure out how she’ll get around.
—Searching Daughter

Dear Searching,
Alternative transportation services vary widely by community, so what’s available to your mom will depend on where she lives. Here’s what you should know. [Read more...]

HUB Happenings

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Coburn Agency announces new leadership

Michael Coburn

Michael Coburn

Allstate Insurance Company recently announced that The Coburn Agency of Williston will be taken over by Michael Coburn. Michael Coburn, son of original agency owner John Coburn, has been working in the agency for more than eight years.
“The agency is owned and operated by a family, and customers tell us that we make them feel like family, too,” Michael Coburn said.
Hoehl donates $2 million endowment to Stern Center [Read more...]

Just the facts: VIP Investigations & Security Service

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David Clow (left) and Steve Galente (right) recently opened VIP Investigations & Security Service in Williston. (Observer photo by Heleigh Bostwick)

David Clow (left) and Steve Galente (right) recently opened VIP Investigations & Security Service in Williston. (Observer photo by Heleigh Bostwick)

By Heleigh Bostwick
Observer correspondent

Cheating spouses, child custody disputes, insurance fraud, fugitive recovery.
While those may sound like all of the elements necessary for an exciting television series, for a private investigator like David Clow, it’s all in a day’s work.
“The cases we handle are pretty mundane here in Vermont,” he says. “It’s mostly infidelity and fraud cases or finding [Read more...]

CVU’s DuBrul earns Athlete-of-Month honor

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Paige DuBrul, co-captain and midfielder of the undefeated Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls’ soccer team, has been named the state’s female high school athlete of the month for November by the Vermont Sports Media Association.
DuBrul led the Redhawks to their fourth [Read more...]