January 25, 2015

Interim athletic director appointed at CVU

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
For 22 years, he was the coach as Champlain Valley Union High’s boys soccer team continued its run as Vermont’s Soccer Central.
Now, after a few decades, Pete Coffey is returning to CVU as interim athletic director, taking over the position of former AD Kevin Reill, who passed away unexpectedly last month.
After his successful run as CVU boys soccer coach—continuing a tradition begun by CVU’s first soccer mentor, Dave Bremner—Coffey left to become principal at Vergennes Union High.
He told the Observer he later “retired from education,” and took a position with Vermont state government and then retired again.
Now he is back, as an administrator in a very familiar setting.

CVU to try for turf field Board approves $21.98 million budget proposal

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By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
After lengthy discussions and years of work looking for a solution to the frequent flooding of Champlain Valley Union High’s athletic fields, the CVU Board is asking the community to support a bond for part of the cost of one synthetic turf field.
The board on Monday approved a motion to put a $700,000 bond proposal on the March ballot. The vote was 7-2, and Board Chairwoman Susan Grasso said two members who did not attend the meeting, as well as herself, support the measure. [Read more...]

Engineers and teachers work together to engage students

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Williston Central School students show off their handmade electric guitars, crafted in the Create It Lab

Williston Central School students show off their handmade electric guitars, crafted in the Create It Lab

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Electric guitars don’t often factor into math and science lessons.
But a group of students have been combining engineering, physics, art and music theory in the Create It Lab at Williston Central School—designing, building and presumably rocking out on their own electric guitars.
The students are working with retired IBM engineers Dave Harmon and Frank White from Create It Lab, a volunteer organization that works to increase creativity and interest in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and math. [Read more...]

PHOTO: Futsal winners

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The Williston Soccer Club U-10 Girls won the Far Post Session 1 U-10 girls Futsal championship last month. Pictured (from left) are Isabelle Varichionne, Norah Munn, Emma Allaire, Julia Kenney, Zoe Zoller, Riley Erdman, Leila Monks, Stella Dooley and Addi Hunter.

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POPCORN: “Top Five” Top Shelf

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3 popcorns

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

With Chris Rock’s “Top Five,” about a revelatory day in the life of a famous comedian/film star, I expected funny, but got much better. More or less autobiographical, it’s the classic Pagliacci tale contemporized, about the clown laughing on the outside, crying on the inside, just busting to be taken seriously. Approaching his 50th birthday, Mr. Rock turns this leaf at about the same time in his career that Woody Allen added the darker yin to his zany yang…apprising us of the headier, more weighty aspects of his ruminations. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: CVU boys hockey vs. Rice

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Oscar Kelly goes against a Rice player on Dec. 27. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Oscar Kelly goes against a Rice player on Dec. 27. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU boys basketball vs. Bellows Free Academy

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Rayne Supple makes a drive to the basket during a Jan. 3 game against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans, which the Redhawks best 51-31. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

Rayne Supple makes a drive to the basket during a Jan. 3 game against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans, which the Redhawks best 51-31. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: CVU girls basketball vs. Spaulding

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Redhawk Lia Gagliuso fights for a loose ball during last Friday's game against Spaulding. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Redhawk Lia Gagliuso fights for a loose ball during last Friday’s game against Spaulding. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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Keeping tabs on an elderly parent when you can’t be there

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By Jim Smith

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend any caregiving devices or technology products that help families keep an eye on an elderly parent that lives alone? Over the holidays, my sister and I noticed that my dad’s health has slipped, so we would like to find something that helps us keep closer tabs on him when we’re not around.

-—Concerned Son

Dear Concerned,

There are many different assistive technology products available today that can help families keep an eye on an elderly loved one when they can’t be there. Depending on your dad’s needs and how much you’re willing to spend, here are some good options to consider.

Personal Emergency Response Systems [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Eating more healthfully

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By Ginger Isham

The holidays are over and New Year’s resolutions have been made to eat more healthfully and get more exercise, right? Salads are on my mind this month.

Corn and Spinach Salad with Dressing

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach

1 medium sweet red pepper, diced

1 medium red onion, diced

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 cup crumbled goat cheese (I prefer Feta cheese)

1/4 cup dried cranberries [Read more...]