March 27, 2015

POPCORN: “Chappie” My Fair Robot



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“Chappie” My Fair Robot

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By Michael S. Goldberger
Special to the Observer


Sci-Fi fans, techno geeks, open-minded moralists, dabblers in sociology and gamers should all find common ground in director Neill Blomkamp’s “Chappie,” a slightly rambling but nonetheless satisfying conjecture on the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Gritty but often sweet, and as explosive as any modern special effects-laden film when the plot arrives at the push comes to shove part, where it mostly excels is in the philosophical, gray areas of human and robotic ethics. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: St. Patty’s Day fun


Emily Spine (left) and Rachel Henning kept their senses of humor while serving the crowd celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at McGillicuddy’s in Williston on Tuesday evening. (Observer photos by Marianne Apfelbaum)

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PHOTOS: Brick Church concert

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Former Williston resident Ben Kulp performed as part of the Brick Church Music Series in Williston on March 13. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Williston Kids Day


Observer photos by Al Frey

Children, parents, grandparents and guardians from all over northern Vermont turned out for Williston Kids Day on March 14. The event included games, musical theater, bouncy castles, balloon animals, face painting, a photo booth and more. Families also got to meet representatives from the Williston Fire and Williston Police departments. Attendees raised $1,245 for the Williston Community Food Shelf through a suggested admission donation.


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Sariah, 3, shows off a sticker to her dad, Chris Hanudel, given to her by Sergeant Justin Huizenga of the Williston Police Department

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Healthy Food for Two: Without limits


By Ania Robertson

The word Ayurveda means “Knowledge of life” and comes from the Sanskrit terms ayur (life) and veda (knowledge). It is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. In Ayurveda, good nutrition and digestion are considered among the most important foundations of our health.

I serve this sauce as a dip with fresh veggies, and my guests are usually surprised that this white sauce is dairy free.

 I like to use fresh horseradish root, and every time I grate it, I feel wistful because of the memories of my loving grandmother, who used to cry, as I cry, over the freshly grated horseradish root. She did not know anything about Hippocrates, Ayurveda or science. She used to say that it is good for our sinuses and tear ducts, and I strongly believe in it.

The pungent root of horseradish herb has been used traditionally in Ayurveda as mucolytics for curing sinus infection. While it has been recognized as a safe herb for internal and external usage, you should always start with smaller amounts. [Read more...]

Hoe Medicare covers in home care


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

How does Medicare cover home health care? Because of my illness, my doctor suggested I get home health care, but I want to find out how it’s covered before I proceed. 

—Need Some Help

Dear Need,

Medicare actually covers up to 28 hours a week for in-home health care to beneficiaries, if you meet their specific requirements. Here’s how it works.

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Hub Happenings


Lenny’s customers raise money for Special Olympics 

Lenny’s customers raised $5,625 for local athletes with intellectual disabilities, the company announced last week.

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel held an Olympic donation event, and the store and its customers collectively raised $4,513 for Special Olympics Vermont and $1,112 for Special Olympics New York. Customers were challenged to make a platinum, gold, silver or bronze level donation and to receive a discount on their purchase.

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The Hub: Willistonian opens new brewery


By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Vermont’s newest brewery has been decades—and countless batches of home-brewed beer—in the making.

“The idea of opening a brewery was planted in my head probably 25-plus years ago,” said Williston resident Garin Frost, who is set to officially open Frost Beer Works this Saturday in Hinesburg.

“The types of beers we focus on, for better or worse, are the types of beers that I like to drink,” Frost said. “I really love IPAs. I was late to join the IPA bandwagon, but since I did a few years back, it’s been hard for me to brew anything else.” [Read more...]

The Hub: Local coffee shop opening

Observer photo by Stephanie Choate Eric Kelley is set to open Williston Coffee Shop in the Taft Farm Village Center Plaza in May.

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Eric Kelley is set to open Williston Coffee Shop in the Taft Farm Village Center Plaza in May.

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

With the arrival of spring, Williston residents will have a new place to get a caffeine boost—and fill up on fresh breakfast and lunch options.

“I think the community wants a local coffee shop,” said Williston resident Eric Kelley. “I think there is a serious need for coffee in this town.”

Kelley is set to open Williston Coffee Shop in the Taft Farm Village Center plaza, in the space formerly occupied by Passport Video.

The stacks of DVDs and video games have been replaced with bold chartreuse walls, gleaming espresso machines and cases that will soon be filled with house-made pastries. [Read more...]

CVU boys JVs had smart 16-4 season 


By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

“It was a nice year,” summed up Champlain Valley Union High coach Seth Emerson this week of his junior varsity basketball lads, who finished their season 16-4.

Coming off last year’s 19-1 campaign, Emerson sees only good times ahead for the boys hoop program.

“The future looks bright,” he said. “I am really excited.”

Team leaders, according to Emerson, were sophomores Colin Monsey and Marc Hoeppner from their backcourt slots. Monsey was among the team scoring leaders, averaging about 10 tallies per outing. [Read more...]