September 23, 2014

Modern education for lifelong learners


By Robin Reid
Observer correspondent
As summer fades, students have headed back to school. Many of us remember the days when we hopped on the school bus and sat in a classroom for mandatory lessons. We recall fellow students who finished the requirements as soon as possible, while others continued on to college and university, some earning multiple degrees. There was a pervasive attitude that once you stopped taking courses, your institutional learning days were over. [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Relish and pickle recipes


By Ginger Isham

My Aunt Evelyn would pick the large cucumbers in her garden every year at summer’s end and make these colorful pickles. Sometimes we would get them as a Christmas present. A good use of extra cucumbers and beets.
Amber Pickles
9 large ripe cucumbers (seeded and cut into chunks)
Place in large kettle, cover with water and cook until tender.
Syrup: 3 pounds of sugar (1 pound of sugar equals 2 cups)
1 pint red wine vinegar (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon oil of cloves
1/2 teaspoon oil of cinnamon (both found in drug store)
Bring all to a boil and pour over the cooked cucumber chunks. Let stand overnight. In morning, bring to a boil and add 2 small bottles of Maraschino cherries and their juice. Bring to boil again and remove from heat and bottle in jars. Store where it is cool. Can taste test and use less sugar. Substitute cloves and cinnamon with powdered spices. [Read more...]

Obituaries and Memorials

Wright ‘BD’ Warren Clark

Wright ‘BD’ Warren Clark

Wright ‘BD’ Warren Clark
Wright “BD” Warren Clark, 63, passed away on Aug. 11, 2014 at his home in Island Pond. He was born March 2, 1951 in Burlington to the late Lois (Johnson) Clark and Marvin Clark. For most of his adult life, he operated the beautiful family farm, known as Riverhill Farm in Williston. He carried on the tradition of farming, being the seventh generation, on a farm that has been in the family since 1835 and is still operating today. In 2007, he decided to retire to the peace and quiet of the Northeast Kingdom and chose Island Pond as his home. [Read more...]

New cell phone law takes effect in October


Vermont’s new cell phone law takes effect Oct. 1, banning the use of handheld devices while driving.
Currently, it is illegal for any driver to text while driving or to use a portable electronic or computing device in [Read more...]

Cross country runners in two events this weekend


Coach Scott Bliss will divide his Champlain Valley Union High cross country team this weekend, with the top runners heading Friday to Latham, N.Y. and the annual Ed Springstead Invitational.
Other team members will be running in the Burlington High Invitational Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m. [Read more...]

HUB Happenings

ALS Adams

Adams Farm Market family members and staff get doused. (Observer photo by Marianne Apfelbaum)

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Pho K&K Restaurant opens in Maple Tree Place

Pho K&K Restaurant owner Khanh Le prepares his new Vietnamese restaurant for Monday’s lunch rush. The eatery opened in Maple Tree Place on Aug. 31. (Observer photo by Matt Sutkoski)

Pho K&K Restaurant owner Khanh Le prepares his new Vietnamese restaurant for Monday’s lunch rush. The eatery opened in Maple Tree Place on Aug. 31. (Observer photo by Matt Sutkoski)

By Matt Sutkoski
Observer correspondent
Pho K&K Restaurant just opened in Maple Tree Place on Aug. 31, and owner Khanh Le said he is happy to report the place is already a hit.
The storefront eatery, on Conor Way, next to The Paper Peddler, is clean but simple, with little clutter and few decorations, save for some intricate, colorful paintings and artwork depicting beautiful Vietnamese scenes, such as a sunrise on the Mekong Delta. [Read more...]

Authors and readers flock to Burlington Book Festival


Internationally acclaimed authors, laureate poets and famed cartoonists are heading to Burlington to take part in the 10th Annual Burlington Book Festival, set for Friday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 21 at Fletcher Free Library and a variety of other downtown venues. The opening ceremonies and festival dedication is scheduled for 7 p.m on Friday at Fletcher Free Library, the event’s primary venue.
Festival founder and director Rick Kisonack selected a list of highlights from this year’s festival events. For the full schedule of events, visit [Read more...]

Little Details: Lest we forget


By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

The Burlington theater was nearly empty. I felt slightly sad and embarrassed for the actors.
Such a significant topic. Such a great performance. Such a low turnout.
Maybe the play was too upsetting. Maybe the subject was considered too sad. Maybe people lost interest.
“The Guys” addressed the emotional fallout from the collapse of the towers at the World Trade Center. The play, written by Anne Nelson, featured two fictional characters: Nick, a FDNY captain, and Joan, an editor helping him write eulogies for firefighters who died under his command on 9/11. The play is based on Nelson’s actual experience. [Read more...]

The Land and Water Conservation Fund at 50: as important today as ever


By Tom Vilsack
Sept. 3, 2014 marked two important 50th anniversaries: the signing of the Wilderness Act and the establishment of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since President Lyndon Johnson signed both pieces of legislation in 1964, Americans in all 50 states, across thousands of rural and urban communities, have reaped the benefits of accessible outdoor recreation opportunities and protected natural areas.
Together, these landmark pieces of legislation helped to usher in a new era for conservation. [Read more...]