January 21, 2017

Gymnastics

Kevin Riell Memorial B-ball Tournament

Popcorn: “Why Him?”

Why Waste Your Money?

2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger [Read more…]

Stay safe in winter storms

Prior to the first Nor’easter of the season last month, state officials urged Vermonters to take measures to stay safe during winter storms.

Here are some tips released by the Department of Health on how to be prepared for when the next big, cold one hits.

Stock up. Have sufficient heating fuel and emergency supplies on hand, such as batteries, flashlights and water. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to unitedwaynwvt.galaxydigital.com to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners, or contact United Way at volctr@unitedwaynwvt.org or 860-1677.

FOSTER GRANDPARENT [Read more…]

Easy ways to make your bathroom safer

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You may think of your bathroom as a relaxing oasis. Unfortunately, bathrooms are actually the site of 200,000 injuries annually nationwide, according to the National Safety Council. These incidents happen to people of all ages — from young children who may see the bathroom as a play area, to expecting women whose balance may be off kilter, to seniors.

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Vermont is for the birds

Observer photo courtesy of John Hall Chickadees are among the many birds to enjoy watching and feeding in the wintertime. The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife has tips on how to maximize your viewing, and birds’ health.

Observer photo courtesy of John Hall
Chickadees are among the many birds to enjoy watching and feeding in the wintertime. The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife has tips on how to maximize your viewing, and birds’ health.

By Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife

Special to the Observer

Vermont leads the nation in residents who participate in bird watching. Feeding birds in winter is a great way to enjoy seeing wildlife from your home.

Bird feeding basics [Read more…]

How to create a safe ‘aging-in-place’ home

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas? [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Lucy McCullough

A popular party dish [Read more…]

People, places and wine abound in California’s Santa Ynez Valley

Observer photo courtesy of Jim Farbon California's bucolic Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara provides a break from the bustle of a visit to Los Angeles.

Observer photo courtesy of Jim Farbon
California’s bucolic Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara provides a break from the bustle of a visit to Los Angeles.

By Jim Farber

The same year cannons rained down shells on Fort Sumter, signaling the opening salvo of the Civil War, passengers aboard the newly founded Overland-Coast Line Stagecoach route connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles arrived in the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley community of Ballard. After a night’s stay the stage wound its way through oak-covered hills and made a rest stop at a rough-hewn eatery that’s still in operation, the Cold Springs Tavern, before topping the San Marcos Pass and making the long, winding descent to Santa Barbara. [Read more…]