October 31, 2014

PHOTOS: CVU Girls Soccer vs. Mount Mansfield

Sierra Morton outplays a Mount Mansfield opponent during an Oct. 17 game, which the Redhawks won 3-0. (Observer photos by Al Frey(

Sierra Morton outplays a Mount Mansfield opponent during an Oct. 17 game, which the Redhawks won 3-0. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Fall Foliage

Two boaters take in the fall colors on Lake Iroquois last week. Photos by Al Frey.

Two boaters take in the fall colors on Lake Iroquois last week. Photos by Al Frey.

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POPCORN: The Judge



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“The Judge”: In Defense of Sentiment

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By Michael S. Goldberger
Special to the Observer


I like a little schmaltz in my movies every so often. So regardless of whether director David Dobkin’s “The Judge” is a courtroom drama posing as a family melodrama or vice versa, I forgive its sentimentality in the name of emotionally satisfying entertainment. Even those hard-noses in disagreement with my dispensation must concur that the fine synergy between lead actors Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr. nearly compensates for the liberal doses of treacle.

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Recipe Corner: Pumpkin recipes for family


By Ginger Isham

Adding pumpkin to Sloppy Joes is not a new idea, as this recipe comes from a 2001 cookbook, “The Best of Country Cooking.”

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

2 pounds of ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup tomato juice

1 teaspoon chili powder

pinch of salt

1/4 teaspoon EACH cloves, nutmeg, pepper

2 cups canned pumpkin

Cook beef and onion in skillet. Add ketchup, tomato juice, chili powder, salt and spices. Mix well and bring to a boil. Stir in pumpkin. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve over warmed or toasted hamburger buns with slices of dill pickles. [Read more...]

Savvy Senior: What to consider when choosing a walk-in bathtub


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m interested in getting a walk-in bathtub for my wife that’s easy for her to get into and out of, but could use some assistance. Can you offer any consumer tips? 

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Rita Goodrich

Rita Goodrich

Rita C. Goodrich, 87, of Williston passed away late Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Born Feb. 2, 1927 in Canada, she later married Herbert C. Goodrich and they remained together for 60 years. Rita has a life-long commitment to serving her local community and church. Funeral services were held on Oct. 18, 2014, and Rita was laid to rest in East Cemetery. Rita is survived by her husband Herbert, her daughters Karol, Joyce and Linda, as well as her seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. The family would like to send a special note of thanks to Father Lance Harlow, the Williston Fire Department and members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish for their generosity during this time. [Read more...]

Living Green: Wood options let Vermonters ‘heat local’

Vermont Wood Pellet Company's premium wood pellets are made using pulp-grade pine logs that might otherwise go to waste.

Vermont Wood Pellet Company’s premium wood pellets are made using pulp-grade pine logs that might otherwise go to waste.

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

To Vermonters gearing up for the big fat bills that come with heating their homes in the winter, it comes as no surprise that heating accounts for 50 percent of a Vermont home’s energy use.

Wood-powered heat can help defray heating costs, add coziness to the long winters and keep heating dollars in state. [Read more...]

CVU gains second seed in hockey playoffs


A 9-3-1 regular season record was good enough for the Champlain Valley Union High’s field hockey team to pick off second seed in the Division 1 postseason playoffs, which began this week.

Coach Kate McDonald’s Redhawks will swing into action Friday.

Due to wet field conditions at CVU, the Redhawks will move their home quarterfinal playoff game to Middlebury College Friday with a 5 p.m. start time. Middlebury has a turf playing surface.

The team will meet seventh-seeded Mount Mansfield Union (5-6-2) after Mount Mansfield defeated Colchester High 1-0 in a Tuesday playoff. Mount Mansfield is seventh seed with 6-6-1 record.

During the season, CVU divided two contests with Mount Mansfield.

The Redhawks’ final game of the regular season last Thursday at Middlebury Union was canceled due to weather.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

State meet next for CVU harriers


The Champlain Valley Union High girls cross country team will be out to defend its Vermont state crown Saturday and the boys will be out to move into contention during the ups and downs of the familiar five-kilometer course at Thetford.

Last Saturday, in the northern districts at Missisquoi Valley Union High in Swanton, CVU runners earned victories in both the girls and boys divisions. The girls team took a solid triumph, and the boys grabbed third behind winner South Burlington High and runner-up Essex High.

The girls finished with 31 points, compared to 61 for second place Essex. The third place boys came in with 52 points with South Burlington taking first with 29 to Essex’s 43.

Sophia Gorman won the girls’ event in 18 minutes and 47.7 seconds over second place Caroline O’Shea of St. Johnsbury Academy. Her time was 19:07.8.

The Redhawks’ Tyler Marshall’s winning time of 16:20.1 was four seconds better than that of runner-up Sean MacDonald of South Burlington.

CVU’s runners in the top 10 behind Gorman included Carly Neeld (third), Meara Heininger (seventh) and Emma Putre (ninth).

Calvin McClellan took seventh behind Marshall in the boys’ race.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

CVU boys in soccer playoffs as fifth seed


To gain another shot at the Division 1 Championship game, the 10-3-1 Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team will have to come roaring out of the fifth seed in the Vermont Principals’ Association playoff rankings.

The Redhawks opened the title quest Wednesday (Observer press time) on the home pitch against visiting 12th-seeded Burlington High. The Redhawks nipped the Seahorses at home early in the campaign and then played to a scoreless deadlock on the BHS turf later. [Read more...]