April 29, 2016

“The Boss”

Corners the Funny Business

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


It has been suggested that Melissa McCarthy’s scurrilous business tycoon in director-husband Ben Falcone’s “The Boss” is a female Donald Trump. Indeed, there are similarities, the main difference being that McCarthy’s robber baron is likeable.

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CVU April 13 track meet

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Sophia Gorman anchors the 4x400m winners.

Start of the girls 1500m

Start of the girls 1500 m.

Sierra Morton hands the baton to Sadie Otley for the anchor leg of the 4x100m winners

Sierra Morton hands the baton to Sadie Otley for the anchor leg of the 4x100m winners

Sports: CVU track team is off and running


Sadie Otley in 100 meter.

Sadie Otley wins the 300m hurdles

Sadie Otley wins the 300 meter hurdles.

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Sheep and Pickle Farm


Story: Sheep and Pickle Farm – Sheep farm’s a cozy neighbor [Read more…]

Dance-a-Rama at WCS

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Spring Cleaning

By Joseph Pubillones


As temperatures start to warm up, the need to do some spring cleaning might hit you. Although cleaning is just one aspect of it, it is also a great time to refresh your interiors and help get the most mileage out of your current interior decor.

I usually recommend the process begin with a thorough de-cluttering. Although it is hard to part with things you think you will use in the future, it is best to let them go without too much thought. Some will find this task excruciating, but believe me — once you start and get into a certain groove, it can be a most liberating experience. Don’t fight it. You certainly don’t want to be accused of being a hoarder.

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How to downsize for a move

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you offer any helpful tips for downsizing? My husband and I are interested in moving to a condo downtown when we retire, but we need to get rid of a lot of our personal possessions before we can move. We’ve lived in the same house for almost 35 years and have accumulated tons of stuff.

Feeling Overwhelmed

Dear Feeling,

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Healthy Food for Two: Succulent Ayurveda-guided eggplant appetizers

By Ania Robertson

For five thousand years, Ayurvedic practitioners have been observing the effect of food on people. Each person has their own constitution and should eat according to guidelines that bring each individual towards their own personal healthy balance.

It’s an Ayurvedic saying that, “Anything can be medicine and anything can be poison, you just have to know how to prepare it.” This reminds us that the unique qualities of different foods can be adjusted with the proper food combinations, spices and correct preparation.

Eggplant is slightly alkaline, astringent and bitter in taste. It is an excellent source of digestion-supportive dietary fiber that helps detoxify the colon. Also, eggplant is a good source of a bone-building vitamin K, magnesium, and manganese, heart-healthy potassium, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and niacin. Eggplant is high in oxalic acid, which causes the formation of calcium oxalate crystals, so it should not be eaten by those with kidney or gallstone problems.

Baked stuffed eggplant

1/4 cup millet [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

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


Burlington Dismas House needs green thumb volunteers to help with the annual plant sale by filling pots and transplanting. Potting takes place Tuesdays and Fridays, April 26 to May 24, 9 a.m. to noon and/or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Kimberly Parsons at 658-0381 or email kim@dismasofvermont.org. [Read more…]

Bellwether productions

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Fourth-graders Benjo Torres, Talia Gibbs, Windsor Hoopes and sixth-grader Karina Berlin, of The Bellwether School, perform in an original play about Eurasian milfoil at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on April 14. They were among 150 student performers featured for the opening of a new exhibit, ‘Invasives: Lake Champlain’s Most Unwanted.’

Dancing Machines

 A dance team rolls back to a song.

A dance team rolls back to a song.

Observer photos by Al Frey

Williston Central School’s Dance-a-Rama continued a tradition April 15 that brings the third and fourth grade classes together to develop super-secretive routines and then compete against each other in a final dance-off. Equinox, Kaleidoscope and Mosaic houses were all involved, with a total of 12 teams and 200 students competing against each other.