By Mal Boright
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.
By Mal Boright
By Stephanie Choate
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...]
By Stephanie Choate
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...]
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...]
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.
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...]
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...]