November 24, 2014

POPCORN: “Nightcrawler” Uneasy Does It

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Uneasy Does It

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


Whether you deem director Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” a tale of unbridled American ambition or a study of the gray area between sociopathy and psychopathy, the sheer chutzpah of its title character will have you mesmerized. He is Jake Gyllenhaal’s superbly etched Louis Bloom, a petty thief when first we meet him, but about to make an epiphanic vocational discovery. It happens one night while out stealing. He observes a freelance reporter filming an auto accident for potential sale to the local TV station. Hmm, I think I’d be good at that, surmises the loner.

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PHOTOS: Girls Volleyball Championship


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Recipe Corner: Fine Fish for Dinner


By Ginger Isham

A saying goes “show me a fish hater and I’ll show you a person who has never tasted properly cooked fish.” I, for one, do not like all fish but these are favorite dishes of mine. These recipes come from a 1974 American Heart Association cookbook.

Alice’s Quick & Easy Baked Scallops
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup dry white wine
juice of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 pound scallops
Heat butter, wine, lemon juice and thyme. Pour over rinsed scallops. Marinate for 15-20 minutes at room temperature. Bake in a 450-degree oven for 5-6 minutes. Do not overcook.

Baked Cod
1 pound cod fillet, cut into 2-inch squares
4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
4 medium carrots, scraped and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (made from skim milk)
black pepper
1- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Place fish pieces into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Place potato and carrot pieces between fish pieces. Place dabs of butter over all. Season with pepper. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley.

Poached fish with sauce
2 pounds fish fillets, no skin
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 bay leaf
1 cup hot water or white wine
sprig of parsley
Saute onion and celery in oil. Place fish fillets on top, add water or wine and seasonings. Cover and simmer about 8 minutes. Serve with one of following sauces.

Lemon Parsley Sauce
Heat 1/2 cup butter and juice of one large lemon in sauce pan. Add some lemon rind and chopped parsley and pour over fish.
Horseradish Sauce
Melt a tablespoon of butter in pan and stir in 4 teaspoons flour and cook briefly. Add about 2 tablespoons horseradish and 1 cup fish stock or clam juice. Cook until thickened.
Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

How to improve your balance as you age


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
I’ve always been a walker, but when I fell last month my doctor suggested I start doing some balance exercises. Is this really something I need to practice? What can you tell me?
—Avid Walker

Dear Walker,
Most people don’t think much about practicing their balance, but you should, the same way that you walk to strengthen your heart, lungs and overall health, or you stretch to keep your body limber.
As we age, our balance declines—if it isn’t practiced—and can cause falls. Every year, more than one in three people age 65 years or older fall and the risk increases with age. A simple fall can cause a serious fracture of the hip, pelvis, spine, arm, hand or ankle, which can lead to hospital stays, disability, loss of independence and even death. [Read more...]

Grant to help vulnerable people with Medicare


The National Council on Aging was recently awarded a grant from the Administration for Community Living to continue its efforts to help thousands of low-income people with Medicare to get help enrolling in programs that make their health care affordable.
As the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act  Resource Center, the council will provide technical assistance and support to state health insurance assistance programs, area Agencies on Aging, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers for outreach and enrollment activities that help struggling Medicare beneficiaries receive the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) and Medicare Savings Programs (MSP). Since 2009, these state agencies have helped nearly 700,000 seniors and adults with disabilities to save over $2.1 billion on their prescription and health care costs.
Funding to NCOA also supports outreach to low-income Medicare beneficiaries via web-based technology and person-centered assistance. Grant funding also will be used to expand NCOA’s network of Benefits Enrollment Centers, which provide comprehensive enrollment assistance into a wide variety of programs that help low-income Medicare beneficiaries achieve economic security.

Saving for health care costs in retirement


New AARP tool helps users calculate costs, make savings plan
Observer staff report
AARP released a recent survey saying that 55 percent of working Americans over age 50 don’t think they’ll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. While Medicare only covers about half of health costs, four in 10 (38 percent) say they haven’t saved anything at all for such expenses, even though multiple studies show that these costs often reach more than $200,000 for a retired couple. AARP also found that among workers age 50 and older, most (57 percent) say they plan to work past the age of 65. [Read more...]

Police Notes


Multiple charges
Dale Irish, 39, of Williston was cited on charges of driving under the influence and cruelty to a child under age 10 on Oct. 28, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court. No other information was released.
Chad C. Lamb, 35 of Middlebury was taken into custody by Vermont State Police on Nov. 8 on an active arrest warrant for escape and driving with a suspended license-criminal (third offense) and subsequently cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license–criminal (fourth offense). He was lodged at Chittenden County Correctional Facility and cited to appear in court on Dec. 23. [Read more...]

Woman pleads guilty to wire fraud


Prosecuters say woman embezzled $84,000 from Williston business
Observer staff report
Billie Preston, 41, of Monkton, pleaded guilty on Oct. 29 in United States District Court in Burlington to a charge of wire fraud, according to The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont.
Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss released Preston on conditions pending sentencing, which has been set for Feb. 27.
According to court records, between approximately November 2011 and late April 2014, Preston was employed as a bookkeeper by Endyne, Inc., an environmental testing laboratory located in Williston. Preston handled the company’s payroll and accounts receivables and payables. [Read more...]

CVU girls take fifth in New England cross country meet


It was regional competition and plenty of it Saturday as the Champlain Union High girls took fifth place and the boys 17th at the annual New England Interscholastic Cross Country Championships in Manchester, Conn.
The top Redhawk was sophomore Sophia Gorman, who hoofed it to a 15th place finish in the girls’ event.
“She is the top finishing sophomore I have ever coached,” said CVU mentor Scott Bliss in an email to the Observer.
The races covered 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) and included the top six teams and best 25 runners from five New England States. Massachusetts does not participate.
CVU senior Carly Neeld, who finished in 190th spot a year ago, came up to 37th this time around.
The CVU boys were paced by Tyler Marshall’s 46th place.
Bliss said his boys team, which was runner-up in the Vermont Division 1 championships, returns all seven top runners next year, while the state champion girls have four of seven scheduled to be back.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent



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Stephen C. Knight Jr.
Stephen C. Knight Jr. passed away peacefully at The Arbors in Shelburne on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.
Born in Biddeford, Maine on Nov. 18, 1924, he was the son of Stephen Cecil and Mildred (Barrows) Knight. Stephen was predeceased by his wife, Beverly Knight and his brother Fred Knight of Scarborough, Maine. He is survived by his son Stephen E. Knight and his wife Linda of South Burlington; three granddaughters, Christine Allaire and her husband John, Sarah Knight, Kim Kuhlmeier and her husband Matthew; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Emma, Hannah and Addison.
Stephen attended high school in Waterville, Maine and was married to Beverly Gilman in 1947. He and his family moved to Vermont in the early ‘50s. Steve enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, spending time at his camp on Lake Champlain and with his family and great grandchildren. He traveled often to Maine to visit family. [Read more...]