October 1, 2014

Choosing a Medicare plan that’s right for you

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By Dave Reville

Medicare can help protect you or your loved one’s health, financial security and future. This year’s Medicare open enrollment season runs from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. If you’re 65 or over, you can review your Medicare options and change plans if you’d like. In fact, each year you have a chance to review your coverage and see what new benefits Medicare has to offer. [Read more...]

Generic drugs offer seniors big savings

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Dear Savvy Senior,

Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which medicines are available in generic form.

— Leery Senior [Read more...]

Everyday Gourmet: Mint magic

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By Kim Dannies

Mint may herald spring, but it also deserves a starring role in autumn cooking. It is the most abundant, beautiful herb in the garden right now, yet we forget to incorporate its magic into our cold weather cooking. Here are a few mint-friendly dishes to try before the cold snap arrives. [Read more...]

Theater groups announce fall productions

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Lost Nation Theater performers act out a train chase scene from their upcoming production on 'The 39 Steps'.

Lost Nation Theater performers act out a train chase scene from their upcoming production on ‘The 39 Steps’.

Observer staff report

Local theater groups have announced their fall performances, ranging from thrillers to musical comedies. [Read more...]

Police Notes

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Drug possession

James McCausland, 26, of Fayston was cited on a charge of possession of cocaine and heroin on Aug. 20, He was cited to appear in court.

Theft

Theft Eric John Bushway, 46, of Milton was cited on a charge of retail theft from Walmart on Aug. 21, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court. [Read more...]

Mini Metro tryouts coming up

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Observer staff report

Tryouts begin next week for the Mini Metro League. [Read more...]

CVU field hockey team out to resume winning ways

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CVU's Lydia Maitland controls the ball during Friday's game against Essex. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU’s Lydia Maitland controls the ball during Friday’s game against Essex. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With a 1-0 blanking by previously winless Mount Mansfield Union Tuesday in Hinesburg, the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team travels to Mount Abraham in Bristol Thursday (4 p.m.), hoping to end a two-game scoreless string. [Read more...]

Their mojo back, CVU gridders to take on Hilltoppers

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By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The previously 0-2 Champlain Valley Union High football Redhawks returned to the land of the victorious with a bamboozler of a triumph Friday night at Burlington High, and this week, with new confidence, are preparing for a visit Saturday to 2-0 St. Johnsbury Academy. [Read more...]

Fall walks for a cause

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Walkers flock to Shelburne Museum for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Walkers flock to Shelburne Museum for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Residents can lace up their shoes for a charitable walk on just about every weekend this fall. Here are some highlights.

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S,
Sept. 21

The 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place at Shelburne Museum. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. A ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m. with the 2-mile walk to follow. So far, 98 teams and 552 walkers have signed up to participate. Visit act.alz.org or call 316-3839 for more information. [Read more...]

Vt. Gas pipeline may come under review

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Construction of Phase 1 of a Vermont Gas Systems extension from Chittenden to Addison County appears to be continuing unaffected at least in Williston, despite last week's court decision that adds uncertainty to the project.

Construction of Phase 1 of a Vermont Gas Systems extension from Chittenden to Addison County appears to be continuing unaffected at least in Williston, despite last week’s court decision that adds uncertainty to the project.

Construction continues in Williston

By Matt Sutkoski

Observer staff

Construction of Phase 1 of a Vermont Gas Systems extension from Chittenden to Addison County appears to be continuing unaffected, at least in Williston, despite last week’s court decision that adds uncertainty to the project. [Read more...]