August 31, 2015

POPCORN: “Irrational Man” Crime & Academics


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By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


Each new Woody Allen film is inevitably judged against his body of work. Although generally unfair, it’s deserved in the case of “Irrational Man,” a dark and brooding meditation on crime, punishment and whatever else the auteur happens to have on his mind. He’s good at that…taking a plot and, in a cinema version of doodling abstractions on a note pad, filling the scenario with all sorts of stuff concerning the human condition. [Read more…]

PHOTOS: Rec Baseball


Observer photos by Al Frey CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Sam Morse gets ready to throw a pitch during a Williston Little League game against Essex last week;  Eric Lackey hits a home run to center field; Adam Rutherford pitches for the team. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section at

Observer photos by Al Frey
Sam Morse gets ready to throw a pitch during a Williston Little League game against Essex last week.

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PHOTOS: Hickory Golf Open

Observer photos by Al Frey

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Matt Dodds of Williston tees off during the Vermont Hickory Open, held last weekend at the Williston Golf Club. Participants forgo the latest titanium and graphite clubs in favor of pre-1935 hickory-shafted golf clubs, or replicas. Clothes reminiscent of the era add to the experience.

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PHOTOS: Lake Monster autograph signing

Observer photos by Al Frey

Richie Martin, shortstop for the Vermont Lake Monsters, came to Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza in Williston last week to meet fans and sign autographs.

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What’s Cooking? Light luncheon egg salad ‘Please hold the mayo’

By Lucy McCullough

I always have hard-boiled eggs on hand for a quick lunch or snack.

The following egg salad recipe uses avocado instead of mayonnaise. I can our own dill pickles with a clove of garlic and a hot pepper per pint jar. You can occasionally find hot dill pickles at a farmer’s market but if you are using regular dill pickles, you might add a few drops of hot pepper sauce to the egg mixture for the added kick. [Read more…]

Hot flash CAM

More women turning to complementary and alternative medicine for management of menopause symptoms

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, but often without the guidance of a clinician. That’s according to a new study reported in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). As a result, the authors suggest that healthcare providers—in particular family medicine practitioners—need to be more aware of the various CAM therapies and take a more active role in guiding patients through their options to more safely and effectively coordinate their care. [Read more…]

Safe driver course

The American Cancer Society in Williston will host the AARP Driver Safety Class on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 9:30 a.m. The 4.5-hour refresher course is open to all drivers 50 years and older. The curriculum addresses the normal [Read more…]

Mobile safety products that can help seniors on the go

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Do you know of any medical alert SOS buttons for seniors that work away from the home? I would like to get one for my 80-year-old mother, but would like to find one that’s not limited to the house.

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New Director takes command of Vermont State Police

By Sam Heller

For Vermont Digger

Vermont State Police Col. Matthew Birmingham took over Friday as the force’s new commander.

After 28 years of service, Col. Thomas L’Esperance officially passed the baton to Birmingham at 3 p.m. on Aug. 7, Public Safety Commissioner Keith W. Flynn said in a news release.

Birmingham has been a member of the Vermont State Police for 17 years. He joined the force as a trooper assigned to the Rutland barracks in 1988 and transferred to the Vermont Drug Task Force as a criminal investigator in 2002.

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Police Notes

Driving under the influence

Sarah Leary, 47, of Williston was cited on a charge of driving under the influence-sixth offense and driving with a suspended license on Aug. 1, according to police reports. Her preliminary blood alcohol concentration was .176, the report notes. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. She was lodged at Chittenden County Correctional facility. [Read more…]