June 30, 2015

PHOTOS: CVU Baseball vs. Burr & Burton Academy


Observer photo by Al Frey Sam Mikell threw a no hitter during the quarterfinal game against Burr and Burton Academy, his second and the Redhawks’ fourth no hitter of the season.

Observer photo by Al Frey
Sam Mikell threw a no hitter during the quarterfinal game against Burr and Burton Academy, his second and the Redhawks’ fourth no hitter of the season.

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PHOTOS: CVU Track & Field

Observer photos by Al Frey

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Tawn Tomasi

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POPCORN: “Far From the Madding Crowd” Cinema Sanctuary

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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


“The only reason we came to see it was because my wife read it in high school.”


Thus spake, within earshot of my wife, a disgruntled viewer unimpressed with the dose of literary culture he had just been so eloquently dealt by director Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Far From the Madding Crowd.” Exiting the theater, he further disparaged the experience, informing how the author might have dispensed with the tale’s love quadrangle and cut to the chase, as it were, saving the lead from all the fuss of having to decide which of her three, socially disparate suitors she would choose. In other words, delete the plot. [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two: Iron battle

By Ania Robertson

Beef liver is incredibly high in heme iron (8.8mg per 3.5 ounces), but after frying looks like a shoe sole!

Nonheme iron comes from from plant sources, while heme iron (which is better absorbed) is from animal sources. Both types are important in diet.

Too-low levels of iron are linked to iron deficiency anemia, as well as slow thyroid. So, iron is a very important mineral in many ways.

Vitamin C (found in red bell peppers, broccoli, potatoes, strawberries, fresh orange juice) improves absorption of iron.

Substances like coffee, chamomile and peppermint teas, cocoa, calcium-rich foods and fiber inhibit the absorption of iron. [Read more…]

Choosing a home blood pressure monitor

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you offer me any tips on choosing a home blood pressure monitor? I just found out I have high blood pressure, and my doctor told me I need a monitor for the house so I can keep an eye on it.

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Gabriel Adam ZimickiBowditch, 27, of St. George died on May 27, 2015, in a motorcycle accident in Louisa, Va., where he was living. Those fortunate enough to have known Gabe will remember him for his big heart, his unwavering devotion to his friends, family and country. Gabe could make those lucky enough to be in his life sometimes want to tear their hair out, but he always remained true to himself and his beliefs. He was an accomplished welder, a passionate cook, a devoted volunteer firefighter, and was proud to serve in the Vermont Army National Guard. Gabe made friends wherever he went and treated all with kindness and respect. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many. Gabe grew up in St. George, and attended the Lake Champlain Valley Waldorf School, Williston Central School, and Champlain Valley Union High [Read more…]

Crowded field likely to line up for open governor’s seat

By Anne Galloway

For Vermont Digger

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s planned departure clears the way for other candidates, and no fewer than nine are now considering the 2016 race for governor: four Democrats, three Republicans, one independent and a Progressive.

An open seat for governor could spark at least two primaries and inevitably a competitive horse race in the general election.

The Republican possibilities include Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, former state Sen. Randy Brock and Scott Milne, who nearly defeated Shumlin in 2014.

Among the Democrats? Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., House Speaker Shap Smith, Doug Racine, a former lieutenant governor and state senator, and former state senator Matt Dunne. The latter two ran in the 2010 Democratic primary against Shumlin, and Racine was hired and then fired by Shumlin as secretary of the Agency of Human Services.

Bruce Lisman, a Wall Street mogul and native Vermonter, is another potential contender with conservative leanings.

And then there is Sen. Anthony Pollina, a Progressive from Washington County, who made a failed bid for governor in a three-way race with Gov. Jim Douglas and former House Speaker Gaye Symington in 2008.

Eric Davis, a retired professor of political science from Middlebury College, says Dunne and Racine, who have already lost two statewide races, stand less of a chance in a Democratic gubernatorial primary. Smith, on the other hand, is the face of an institution — the Vermont Legislature — which is, as Davis puts it, “not the most popular organization.”

If Scott clears the GOP field, a contested Democratic primary could sap money and resources from the winner who goes into the general election, he said.

Likewise, Welch’s entry in the gubernatorial race could sweep the Democratic field.

For the full story, visit:  vtdigger.org

Another title go awaits CVU boys lacrosse defending champs

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Defeated twice in the regular season by the second-seeded South Burlington High Rebels?

Not to worry.

(Well, there were many furrowed brows at times in the Champlain Valley Union High section of the South Burlington stands Monday night during the thrilling semifinal contest.)

The Redhawks completed a second half of the season scramble up the Division 1 boys’ lacrosse quality ladder with a 6-5 victory over the 13-4 Rebels and a slot in the championship contest to be played at Castleton State College Thursday. [Read more…]

Three CVU wins at Div. 1 state track meet

The Champlain Union High track and field team scored three triumphs Saturday at the Vermont Division 1 track and field meet at Burlington High.

Two of the wins were in the quickie 4×100 boys and girls relays, as the two quartets of runners duplicated their victories the previous weekend at the New Englands-qualifying Essex Invitational.

For the boys, the first place relay team was made up of Zach Akey, Richard Baccei, Ethan Cote and Tawn Tomasi. [Read more…]

CVU girls tennis team reclaims state title

The CVU girls tennis team gathers for a group shot after winning the title. (Observer courtesy photo by Alvin Joseph)

The CVU girls tennis team gathers for a group shot after winning the title. (Observer courtesy photo by Alvin Joseph)

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

According to Champlain Valley Union High’s number one singles player, junior Kathy Joseph, the weather conditions (sunny, around 75 degrees) were excellent for tennis Thursday at Shelburne’s Davis Park.

The top-seeded Redhawks’ were also excellent as they scored a 5-2 triumph over second seed and defending champion South Burlington High to grab their third Division 1 crown in the last four years. [Read more…]