May 24, 2015

PHOTOS: CVU Girls Lacrosse vs. Bellows Free Academy



Photo by Al Frey CVU junior Caroline Hern potted a pair of goals and passed for two assists in a win over Essex on Saturday.

Photo by Al Frey
CVU junior Caroline Hern potted a pair of goals and passed for two assists in a win over Essex on Saturday.

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PHOTOS: CVU Softball vs. Colchester

Observer photo by Al Frey Hattie Roberts winds up her throw in a game against Colchester on Saturday. The Redhawks lost that game 13-2.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Hattie Roberts winds up her throw in a game against Colchester on Saturday. The Redhawks lost that game 13-2.

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PHOTOS: CVU Baseball vs. Colchester


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PHOTOS: Crowns, gowns and tinsel



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Observer contributed photos Williston Senior Girl Scout Troop 30444 played host to a number of young ladies as part of their Princess Night. Ava Rapp inspects the work of her ma

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PHOTOS: Jiggety-Jog


From serious runners to those with a more creative approach, from the very young to not-so-young, 200 people showed up to walk, bike run or hula hoop in the Visiting Nurse Association’ fundraiser for the Vermont Respite House. The Respite House is Vermont’s only Medicare-certified hospice home. Money raised helps provide room, board, personal care and special services for residents, regardless of their ability to pay. The annual event raised $52,000.

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There was quite a crowd at the starting line, as over 200 participants gathered last Saturday for the start of the Jiggety Jog. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” had me showing my age

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


I soon found it wise not to check my watch while viewing director Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Hoping that a sizable chunk of time was bringing me nearer to film’s end, I inevitably learned that scant milliseconds had passed between inquiries, which only added to the despair and boredom. Admittedly, there are a few good moments. But then a true optimist could probably say the same about a stay on Devil’s Island. So the short review is, unless you’re a diehard fan or video games are your second language, save yourself. [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: The unloved vegetabls


By Ginger Isham

There are veggies that are not as popular with folks and especially children. One of them is the parsnip. It can be served mashed with butter, light cream and pinch of nutmeg or added to mashed potato. Sometimes it can be lenjoyed if cooked in a different way.

Parsnip Peppery Fries

8 medium parsnips, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt or less [Read more...]

When to see a geriatrician


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What kinds of health problems do geriatricians treat? My mother, who is 80, takes several different medications for various health problems, but she hasn’t been feeling herself lately. I’m wondering if she would benefit by seeing a geriatrician in place of her regular family doctor.
—Inquiring Daughter [Read more...]

Distracted driving: a deadly epidemic


By Dave Reville
Special to the Observer

Despite widespread publicity, tragedies and prevention efforts, distracted drivers are still causing far too much death and destruction, including more than 5,000 crashes a year in Vermont. All use of handheld electronic devices while driving is illegal here. Cell phone use is by far the biggest cause, but that’s not the only distraction to avoid — while tickets are expensive, the tragic consequences of a crash can be devastating.
Driving requires our full attention, and these tips can help: [Read more...]



Herbert G. Gonyo Jr. of Williston passed away at his home on May 7, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Burlington to parents Herbert Sr. and Edith (Chagnon) Gonyo. Herb served in combat in the Korean War for two years. He was a tractortrailer driver for St. Johnsbury Trucking for 30 plus years. He retired in 1988 with a truck driving record of one million miles accident free. He was a lifetime member of Burlington VFW Post 782 and a member of Teamster Retirees Chapter Local 597. He enjoyed his family immensely, playing all kinds of games with them as they grew up. Florida was his destination for 23 years as a “snowbird”. Herb was a large, gentle man of few words, who truly loved his family. He leaves his loving wife of 59 years, Gertrude; his daughter, Jeannette Segale and her husband, Joe Segale, of Huntington; son, H. George Gonyo III and wife, Patricia Gonyo, of Grand Isle; three grandchildren, Isaac Gonyo of Isle La Motte, Carla Fitzgerald and husband, Sean, of Townsend, Mass. and Jillian Aldrich and husband, Greg of Bethel, Maine; and two great-grandchildren, Kloe and Jonah Aldrich. He also leaves his brother, Reginald Gonyo and wife, Martha, of Milton; and sisters, Ruth Shelley of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Pearl Whitehouse of Burlington and Rosalie Genest and husband, Joe, of St. George. He also left numerous loving nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces. Herb was predeceased by his parents; his son, James Gonyo; his brother, Leon Gonyo; and sisters, Irene Maskell, Gloria McGrath, Leona Turner and Bernadette Blow. Many loving people were part of Herb’s care in his last few years of life. Special thanks to Mary George and Denise of the VNA, Matthew Waltersheik of the V.A., Dr. Kathryn Gonzalez, Karen, Salissa, Shelly, Meadow, Heather, Cindy and all the wonderful people of the HBPC program of the Veteran’s Administration. Also remembered [Read more...]