October 23, 2014

PHOTOS: CVU football vs. South Burlington

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 Will Potter tackles a South Burlington opponent during Friday’s game.

Will Potter tackles a South Burlington opponent during Friday’s game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU boys soccer vs. North Country

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Richard Baccei leaps for a header on Friday.

Richard Baccei leaps for a header on Friday. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU girls soccer vs. North Country

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Sierra Morton stays focused during a chase-down.

Sierra Morton stays focused during a chase-down. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “The Skeleton Twins” Cuts to the Bone

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3 popcorns

3 popcorns

“The Skeleton Twins”

Cuts to the Bone

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

Director Craig Johnson’s “The Skeleton Twins,” although deceivingly simple of plot on first blush, stealthily weaves a hypnotically engaging, bittersweet tale about estranged male-female twins who try to reconnect following a rather eerie coincidence. The small town scenario ostensibly serves as a psychologist’s couch, with a silent and unseen Dr. Freud interpolating the cause of the title characters’ profound unhappiness. They are troubled individuals to be sure, tormented by their past, all of which will become dramatically unraveled in whodunit fashion. [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Cold weather soups

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By Ginger Isham

My crockpot and small food chopper are my two favorite “must haves” in the kitchen. Homemade soups are far better for us, as we can control the amount of salt added to them. You can often add turkey or chicken in place of beef and pork, also. [Read more...]

Beware of Wi-Fi scams

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A vacation should be free of worry and potential scams, but your Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of reports of scammers setting up free Wi-Fi connections. Many hotels, airports and other public spaces offer free Wi-Fi, but unfortunately more and more scammers are trying to steal personal information by creating unsecured networks that consumers can connect to for free. [Read more...]

Police Notes

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Driving under the influence
On Sept. 28, Vermont State Police received an E 911 call about an erratic driver traveling northbound on Interstate 89 and weaving in the roadway in the area of mile marker 74 in Richmond to the Williston rest area in Williston. Police were advised the vehicle then pulled into the Williston rest area.
When police arrived at the scene, Ashley Airoldi, 27, of Fairfax, was found asleep on the grass behind the rock wall at the rest area, according to police reports. Investigation revealed Airoldi had been drinking alcoholic beverages and she was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, second offense, according to the report. Airoldi was taken to the Williston State Police Barracks for processing and later released on a citation to appear in court on Oct. 16. [Read more...]

Arnot to speak at CVAA’s annual meeting

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RSVP by Oct. 17
Dr. Bob Arnot will be the keynote speaker at CVAA’s annual meeting on Oct. 28 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Arnot is an Emmy-winning medical correspondent and has appeared on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and the Today Show. He is now a regular on the Discovery Channel as Dr. Danger. As a medical correspondent, he covered epidemics around the world. In addition, Arnot has written 12 books, many of them making the New York Times bestseller list. His books include “The Aztec Diet,” “Breast Cancer Prevention,” “Turning Back the Clock” and “Beat Wear and Tear.” Currently, Arnot is working on a new book: “Never Surrender: How to be 20 Something at 80!” [Read more...]

Burial and memorial benefits available to veterans

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Dear Savvy Senior,
Does the Veterans Administration provide any special funeral services or benefits to old veterans? My father is a 90-year-old World War II veteran with late stage Alzheimer’s, so I’m looking into funeral options and would like to know what the VA may provide.
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More honors for former CVU runner Eastman

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Autumn Eastman, who graduated from CVU last fall, has been named high school female athlete of the year by the Vermont Sports Media Association.

Autumn Eastman, who graduated from CVU last fall, has been named high school female athlete of the year by the Vermont Sports Media Association.

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Autumn Eastman may be running at Georgetown University this fall, but awards from her senior cross country season at Champlain Valley Union High continue to come her way.
The latest was announced this week when the Vermont Sports Media Association named Eastman its high school female athlete of the year. [Read more...]