March 3, 2015

Sports Roundup

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GYMNASTS IN STATE TITLE QUEST

Once again Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team will go for the state championship at Essex High (2 p.m.) and once again the multi-year defending champion Hornets will be a major obstacle in the way of a Redhawk rise from their usual runner-up slot.

And this year, CVU will be without its number one performer, freshman Emma Lieberman, who fractured a bone in one of her hands last week.

“Emma was the top scorer for our team,” said CVU coach Bob Abbott Tuesday.

“She could have been in the top three for the all-around title.” [Read more...]

POPCORN: “Oscars in a Bottle” Gone to the Dogs

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“Oscars in a Bottle”
Gone to the Dogs
By Michael S. Goldberger
Special to the Observer

Dear readers, this attempt to apprise you of my picks for the 87th Academy Awards, to be broadcast Sunday night, Feb. 22, is a longshot, literally and figuratively. I can only hope my missive, sent telepathically from my current place or dimension—I’m really not sure which—reaches the news outlet you are now reading. I guess the great fault lies with my excessive viewing of science fiction films. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: CVU wrestling tournament

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Jacob Griggs pins his opponent Saturday during the tournament. CVU finished third, behind St. Johnsbury Academy and Mount Mansfield Union. CVU was the fourth seed going into the tournament and a pin by CVU junior Mark Cates sealed the third place finish over third-seed Essex. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Jacob Griggs pins his opponent Saturday during the tournament. CVU finished third, behind St. Johnsbury Academy and Mount Mansfield Union. CVU was the fourth seed going into the tournament and a pin by CVU junior Mark Cates sealed the third place finish over third-seed Essex. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU Girls Basketball vs. St. Johnsbury Academy

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Abby Thut launches for a shot on Feb. 13. The Redhawks cruised to a 48-22 victory against St. Johnsbury Academy. Observer photo by Al Frey.

Abby Thut launches for a shot on Feb. 13. The Redhawks cruised to a 48-22 victory against St. Johnsbury Academy. Observer photos by Al Frey.

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PHOTOS: CVU Ice Hockey vs. Colchester

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CVU’s Daniel Mathon fends off a Colchester opponent on Saturday. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU’s Daniel Mathon fends off a Colchester opponent on Saturday. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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Williston Recreation and Parks: Spring/Summer Program Guide

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Registration is now being accepted for all programs in this Spring/Summer Program Guide. Registrations are accepted by mail or in person at the Recreation Office. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Office or on our website at

www.town.williston.vt.us. See Registration Policy and Procedures for registration, cancellations, refunds and other important information. Locations are not listed as they have not yet been confirmed. They will be on your receipt. [Read more...]

Unplugging in the age of social media

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By Bette Bussel 

American Camp Association,  New England

Unplugged from the constant buzz of technology, children at camp find themselves making genuine connections with other children, rediscovering the fun in physical fitness, learning their own strengths and finding their own voices. Today, children frequently spend as much solitary time plugged into various forms of technology as they spend in school. Summer camps offer a refreshing and unique break from that routine, fostering the development of social skills.  [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Sandwiches with soup

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By Ginger Isham

Sometimes you can surprise the family with a sandwich that makes them think they are eating out at a restaurant.

Best Ever Grilled Cheese

2 tablespoons mayo

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

4 slices sourdough bread

2 slices Swiss Cheese

2 slices cheddar cheese

2 slices sweet onion [Read more...]

Boys await hockey playoff pairings 

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CVU’s Daniel Mathon fends off a Colchester opponent on Saturday. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU’s Daniel Mathon fends off a Colchester opponent on Saturday. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Coach Mike Murray’s surging Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team took a 12-6-1 record to Essex Wednesday (Observer press time) for their regular season-ending clash with the high-flying 15-1-3 Hornets.

Essex owned a 2-1 nipping of the defensing Division 1 champion Redhawks at the Birds’ home ice at Cairns Arena Jan. 17.

Wednesday’s contest was the final game before playoff pairings are released by the Vermont Principals’ Association. [Read more...]

Roundball playoff route mapped for unbeaten girls

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Abby Thut launches for a shot on Feb. 13. The Redhawks cruised to a 48-22 victory against St. Johnsbury Academy. Observer photo by Al Frey.

Abby Thut launches for a shot on Feb. 13. The Redhawks cruised to a 48-22 victory against St. Johnsbury Academy. Observer photo by Al Frey.

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

By Monday noon, the new challenges facing the 20-0 Champlain Valley Union High girls’ basketball team came front and center as the 2015 playoff pairings were posted by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

The two-time defending Division 1 champion and top-seeded Redhawks were slated to open their second season Wednesday night at their home Dave Bremner Gymnasium against Spaulding High of Barre. [Read more...]