December 11, 2016

HANDS Holiday Dinner for Seniors

The FREE Holiday Dinner will be held on Christmas Day from 12-3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 925 North Avenue, Burlington. Free and open to the public. There will be a special gathering there at 1 p.m. for seniors. If seniors need transportation, call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528 or email meganjhumphrey@gmail.com.

To reserve a free meal (ham or vegetarian lasagna dinner) delivered to a senior’s home (50 years or older) on Christmas Day in Chittenden County, please call Age Well at 865-0360 by Dec. 16. After Dec. 16, call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528 or email meganjhumphrey@gmail.com. For more information or to donate, visit www.handsvt.org.

Caregiving tips for long-distance caregivers

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend any long-distance caregiving tips that can help me help my elderly father who lives in another state? He has physically declined over the past year, but is determined to stay living in his own house.

–Worried Daughter [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Lucy McCullough

Holiday preparations

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is time to begin preparing for the upcoming holidays. Back in the days when we brought gifts to our teachers just before the Christmas break, my sister and I would work together to bake the Holiday Cranberry Bread.

I still like to gift this colorful and flavorful bread during the holidays, wrapped in colorful paper and tied with a ribbon. The bread is great to have on hand for impromptu visitors or as a contribution to a party. It is good served plain or with cream cheese. It freezes well. [Read more…]

Retiree and rec store worker ‘homeshare’

Observer courtesy photo by Karen Pike Geoff Brown (left) and Del Borah have become unlikely roommates thanks to HomeShare Vermont.

Observer courtesy photo by Karen Pike
Geoff Brown (left) and Del Borah have become unlikely roommates thanks to HomeShare Vermont.

By Janice Szabo

Special to the Observer

Del Borah is a talkative 88-year-old retiree from General Electric and IBM. His days are packed full with exercise class, yard work, tending his large vegetable garden, keeping his online dating profile updated, enjoying lunch with his friends and family and an endless list of handyman projects. “It’s all self-inflicted!” he says. “I make myself this busy!” [Read more…]

Luxurious resorts tell history of East Coast

Observer courtesy photo  Guests explore the grounds of the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, by way of an old-fashioned carriage ride. Photo courtesy of Omni Homestead Resort.

Observer courtesy photo
Guests explore the grounds of the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, by way of an old-fashioned carriage ride. Photo courtesy of Omni Homestead Resort.

By Victor Block

Creators News Service

Let’s take a walk through history. In 1740, a Native American chieftain helped lay out a much-needed east-to-west route through Great Britain’s Maryland and Pennsylvania colonies. Later, if America’s Founding Fathers had sought a retreat to celebrate victory over England, they could have partied at the Homestead, a humble 18-room lodge in what then was the Virginia colony. [Read more…]

Cheers to George

Cheers to George Observer courtesy photo The family of George Vandevord of Williston traveled to Peru, NY in October to participate in a half-marathon to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Cheers to George
Observer courtesy photo
The family of George Vandevord of Williston traveled to Peru, NY in October to participate in a half-marathon to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Observer still needs ‘Socks for Seniors’

knitsocksThe Williston Observer is still collecting Socks for Seniors to help bring holiday cheer and winter warmth to local seniors.

The holidays can be a difficult time of year for lonely and financially challenged seniors who get lost in the shuffle, according to Jamie Coyne, Socks for Seniors founder.

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Police Notes

Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. These notes were compiled using reports from the Williston Police Department, gathered between Oct. 29 and Nov. 9.

Saturday, Oct. 29  [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

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

HOLIDAY GIVING [Read more…]

Building CVU’s sustainability hub

By the CVU Communications Committee

Special to the Observer

In recent articles we have written about the goals of personalizing learning (PLPs) for our students and, related to that, providing opportunities for students to immerse themselves in real world challenges.

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