March 25, 2017

Get Smart dress rehearsal

Boys basketball finals vs. Rutland

Girls basketball quarter-finals

CVU to host Chittenden County’s Spring College Fair

By Garrath Higgins

Special to the Observer

The 17th Annual Spring College Fair at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg is happening this year on Monday, April 3, from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. College representatives from across the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, and Canada will be available to speak with both students and parents. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners, or contact United Way at or 860-1677.

VOLUNTEERS AGE 55+ [Read more…]

Tips to prevent pesky robocalls

By Justin Lavelle

Special to the Observer

In today’s landscape, it is not uncommon to receive multiple robocalls a week on both your landline and your cell phone, even though you’ve registered your phone numbers with the Do Not Call Registry. They’re offering everything from lower credit card rates to free vacations and medical alert devices. It’s not only annoying, but many of these calls come with a high probability of scam. Robocalls are scams run by con artists who are trying to trick you out of your money and they simply ignore the law.

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Savvy Senior: Choosing the best assisted living facility

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What tips can you offer for choosing a quality assisted living facility for my mom? Her health and mental abilities have declined to the point that she can’t live alone anymore, but isn’t ready for a nursing home either.

Looking Around [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Lucy McCullough

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Shepherd’s pie is a traditional Irish meal usually made with ground lamb, but beef is also very good. The shepherd’s pie recipe from Simon Pierce Restaurant in “Dishing Up Vermont” is my favorite. I will occasionally replace the potato in the topping with cauliflower; reducing the amount of carbohydrates and the cauliflower adds a wonderful addition to the flavors. I also prepare the meat mixture in a cast iron skillet, top with the potato mixture and place in the oven to bake, saving on cleanup time.

Shepherd’s Pie (8 servings)

2 tablespoons olive oil [Read more…]

Works by Shelburne artist Kate Longmaid on view at winery

Kate Longmaid, who has been a resident of Shelburne since 1994, has an impressive resume of artistic accomplishments and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, according to a release by Shelburne Vineyards. Her work in psychology is focused on helping individuals “realize their creative potential and create more vibrant and fulfilling lives.” This exhibit represents the nexus of her professional and artistic life. [Read more…]

Summer camps encourage learning through play

By Bette Bussel

Special to the Observer

American children seem to be in constant motion—their schedules packed with homework, chores, music lessons, and organized sports. Fewer and fewer children have enough time for good, old-fashioned play.

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