November 21, 2014

Friday’s Brick Church concert to benefit food shelf

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Patti Casey (above) and Colin McCaffrey will perform Friday at the Old Brick Church, the second concert in the Brick Church Music Series.

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
Popular local musicians Patti Casey and Colin McCaffrey will take the stage Friday for the next concert in the Brick Church Music Series.
Bluegrass performer and songwriter Casey has performed on “A Prairie Home Companion” and has won multiple songwriting awards.
McCaffrey is a songwriter, performer and teacher. [Read more...]

Uncoding how Vermonters choose to spend last days

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By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Most Vermonters say they would rather spend the last days of their lives in their own homes, surrounded by loved ones and familiar comfort.
Despite that preference, Vermont has the third lowest rate of hospice utilization in the country, followed only by New York and Alaska, according to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. Only 30 percent of Vermonters receive hospice care at the end of their lives.
Vermont’s Visiting Nurse Association is trying to find out why such a small percentage of Vermonters uses hospice care at the end of their lives. It recently launched a new statewide study commissioned by the VNA Madison-Deane Initiative.
The study will try to determine what is holding Vermonters back from using hospice care, as well as shed light on how the VNA can increase utilization and improve the quality of end-of-life care in Vermont. [Read more...]

Local legislators weigh in on vote, look to future

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By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

After an unexpectedly close governor’s race that is still not completely settled, Williston legislators are getting ready to focus on the priorities of the people they represent.
According to official results, finalized Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin was ahead of Scott Milne by more than 2,400 votes. Since no candidate secured 50 percent of the vote, the state legislature will elect the next governor by secret ballot when it convenes in January.
Though Shumlin declared victory, Milne had yet to concede by the Observer’s press deadline on Wednesday afternoon, though he decided against a recount.
“It’s clear that 54 percent of Vermonters want a new Governor, and a new path forward,” Milne said in a statement after the vote. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: CVU Field Hockey vs. Essex

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Senior tri-captain Katherine King stays ahead of her Essex defender during Saturday’s championship game.

Senior tri-captain Katherine King stays ahead of her Essex defender during Saturday’s championship game. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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Three from CVU in football all-star contest

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Three members of the Champlain Valley Union High football team will be suited up for the North squad Nov.15 in the annual all-senior North-South football contest at Castleton State College.
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m., with game proceeds going to scholarship and grants programs run by the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Federation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.
Redhawks named to the North team are linemen Sam Lewis and Graeme Waples, along with linebacker Matt Goldsborough.

PHOTOS: CVU Girls Soccer Championship Game

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Lia Gagliuso takes on a Burlington High opponent during  Saturday’s championship game. The Redhawks won 1-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Lia Gagliuso takes on a Burlington High opponent during
Saturday’s championship game. The Redhawks won 1-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Canicross

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Nearly 80 runners and walkers took part in Long Trail Veterinary Center’s second annual Canicross 2.5/5K, held Nov. 1 at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston. The proceeds from the event benefited Golden Huggs Rescue and Catamount. Prizes were awarded to the first three men’s, women’s and kids’ category finishers.

Nearly 80 runners and walkers took part in Long Trail Veterinary Center’s second annual Canicross 2.5/5K, held Nov. 1 at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston. The proceeds from the event benefited Golden Huggs Rescue and Catamount. Prizes were awarded to the first three men’s, women’s and kids’ category finishers.

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PHOTOS: Election Day

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Williston residents cast their votes at the polls on Tuesday morning. Nearly 39 percent of residents turned out to vote. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Williston residents cast their votes at the polls on Tuesday morning. Nearly 39 percent of residents turned out to vote. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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POPCORN: “St. Vincent” Absolved of all its Sins

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“St. Vincent” Absolved of all its Sins

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

I’m thinking there must have been dust or some such irritant in the movie theater where I saw director Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent,” about a curmudgeonly Vietnam vet who takes the lonesome, diminutive young boy next door under wing. Otherwise, how could a manly man like your humble film critic explain the intermittent, involuntary production of a liquid in his eyes that might otherwise be confused for tears of joy and/or empathy? [Read more...]

Young violinist to play with Perlman orchestra

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Ania Moreau plays part of ‘Hunter’s Chorus’ in her Williston home. She is set to play the piece with 100 other Vermont music students this weekend with the Perlman orchestra. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Ania Moreau plays part of ‘Hunter’s Chorus’ in her Williston home. She is set to play the piece with 100 other Vermont music students this weekend with the Perlman orchestra. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Fourth grade Williston violinist Ania Moreau was 5 years old when she first heard the sound of the violin.
“I heard the sounds and I really liked it,” she said. “I really liked playing other instruments like the guitar and then I found the violin. I thought that it would be really, really cool to start playing.”
At 6, she began lessons, after convincing her parents to let her.
“She asked us for about a year and half for lessons before we actually bit the bullet and decided to do it,” Ania’s mother, Kate Moreau, said. [Read more...]