May 31, 2016

Aaron Ritchie’s Brewing Secrets

Williston Runs for Education

Little League Hit-A-Thon

“Captain America: Civil War”

This isn’t your father’s superhero

2 1/2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


It wasn’t just because “Captain America: Civil War” was unnecessarily convoluted that I grew despondent as I sat through its 147 minutes of confusion. Later I would also be miffed by the lack of clues leading to the surprise conclusion. But I am beside the point. With nary a smartphone a-texting, the kids around me seemed to love it, totally welcoming the cacophony and esoteric story details. Such is what Father Time wreaks. [Read more…]

Pain in the back?

By George Cook

Special to the Observer

Everyone reading this has probably experienced back pain, especially low back pain, likely the most common ailment anywhere. In fact, you’ll find a large percentage of worker’s compensation claims stem from back issues.

Chronic pain or difficulty moving, standing, bending, walking and reaching are all common symptoms. Just this spring, my constant bending, squatting, lifting and picking up armfuls of firewood during sugaring season initiated chronic low back pain.

Hmm…sure some of it may be from getting older, but we’ve all been there, no matter our age. [Read more…]

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 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…]