December 22, 2014

PHOTOS: Santa Run

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Hundreds of runners dressed as Santa – including Williston resident Anna Arsovski, (below) – took part in Ri Ra’s Santa 5k Run in Burlington on Saturday. The even raises money for Camp Ta Kum Ta. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Library holiday party

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Eli Bursey, 2, works on his gingerbread house during the library’s winter holiday decorating party on Saturday. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Tree lighting

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A group of hardy residents braved the cold on Sunday night for Williston’s annual community tree lighting ceremony. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “The Theory of Everything” Just a Matter of Time

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“The Theory of Everything”

Just a Matter of Time

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


Director James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything,” a touching and informative film about the work and romantic life of physicist Stephen Hawking, will have you wishing a cup of tea. A nice throwback to a time-honored genre, it is oh so properly British. Detailing the famed theoretician’s life both before and after he is struck with motor neuron disease, it’s all quite stiff upper lip and all that, old man. As such, it is an uplifting paean to the human condition as well as an endearing love story, enlightening by way of its unusualness.

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Convenient ways to get help with your Social Security questions


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend some easier ways that I can get help with my Social Security questions? When I call their toll-free help line I get put on hold forever, and the wait time at my local Social Security office is over two hours. 

—Approaching 62

Dear Approaching,

It’s unfortunate, but the past few years the Social Security Administration has made some major budget and staff cuts that have greatly increased its phone service and field office wait times for their customers. With that said, here’s an alternative option and some tips that can help make your access to Social Security a little faster and easier. [Read more...]

Top 10 holiday movies or TV shows


Every couple of years, What to Do With Kids asks people what their favorite Christmas or holiday movies or TV shows are that the whole family can watch. Its first poll was in 2011 and the latest was last year.

What To Do With The Kids presents the Top 10 Christmas or Holiday Movies or Television Shows

1. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966 – Animated)

2.“The Polar Express” (2004 – Animated)

3. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946) [Read more...]




Matthew Douglas Trono passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 3, 2014.

Matthew was born on May 28, 1992, the beloved and precious son of Gary and Karin Trono. Matthew was given his name due to its heartfelt meaning, a gift from God. Matthew attended Hinesburg Elementary School prior to our family moving to the town of Essex. While living in Essex, Matthew attended Essex Elementary School, Founders Memorial School, Essex Middle School, and Essex High School, where he graduated in 2011. [Read more...]

Several CVU gridders gain postseason honors


A dozen slots on the Division 1 football coaches’ All-State teams have been filled by members of the 2014 Champlain Valley Union High squad.

Named to the Division 1 All-State offense team were running back Richard Lowrey and lineman Kienan Kittredge.

On first team defense are lineman Jason Griggs and linebacker Matt Goldsborough. [Read more...]

Wrestlers return to St. J this week


Scheduled for a home meet Wednesday (Observer press time) with Mount Mansfield Union and Middlebury Union, the Champlain Valley Union High wrestling team will make a second trip to St. Johnsbury this coming Wednesday (6 p.m.) before taking time off from competition until after the holidays.

The Redhawks were at St. Johnsbury Academy Saturday for the annual Early Bird Tournament and finished in fourth place among the 18 teams in competition.

CVU’s Troy Bergeron and Kienan Kittredge took runner-up slots in their respective weight classes. Jarett Legg had a third place finish.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent 

Defending champs are next for CVU boys quintet


By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

This Thursday evening the 0-2 Champlain Valley Union High boys’ basketball combine will check out defending Division 1 champion Rice Memorial High at the champs’ snug South Burlington court.

The Green Knights opened their season Saturday with an 82-31 home victory over Mount Anthony Union. [Read more...]