May 5, 2015

POPCORN: “Furious 7” Makes Six Too Many



“Furious 7”

Makes Six Too Many

2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


Trying to figure out the renegade ethos that Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and his “team” are trying to exemplify in the frenetically action-packed “Furious 7” leaves me at a loss. Still, I’m going to have a go at it anyway… but not for diehard fans of this hot-rodding franchise that has skidded miserably off course. [Read more...]



Laurence M. Carnahan

Laurence Carnahan

Laurence Carnahan

Laurence M. Carnahan, 65, of Williston, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

He was born in Pasadena, California on Feb. 9, 1950, the son of Robert Gudgell Thomas and Ansley Newman, later to become the adopted son of David Kelly Carnahan. He grew up in New Mexico and New York City. He came to Vermont to stay in 1970, living in Bakersfield, Berkshire and Williston. He received his BA and Master’s Degree from Johnson State College. Laurence was throughout his life a sportsman, outdoorsman and voyager. He loved to ski. Skiers everywhere will continue to enjoy “Buckdog’s” legacy of challenging and much loved gladed trails at Jay Peak (think Buck’s woods, Buckaroo Banzai, Timbucktoo) that Laurence designed and blazed. For a couple of decades he [Read more...]

Recipe Corner: Maple any season of the year


By Ginger Isham

After Easter there was a block of Brie Cheese left over and it reminded me that if I just baked it with maple syrup, my family just might eat it willingly.

Brie with Maple Syrup

1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, medium to dark

2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

1/4 cup sliced almonds

[Read more...]

Social security offers lump sums payouts to retirees


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that Social Security offers a lump-sum payment to retirees who need some extra cash. I have not yet started drawing my benefits and would like to investigate this option. What can you tell me?

Almost Retired

Dear Almost,

There are actually two different kinds of Social Security claiming strategies that can provide retirees a big lump-sum benefit, but you need to be past full retirement age to be eligible and there are financial drawbacks you need to be aware of, too. [Read more...]

Hub Happenings


Sears completes pilot project, remodel

Sears Hometown Store in Williston has just been part of a pilot program that Sears is testing in 50 of its 1,100 stores that are located across the country.

“Sears Hometown stores are changing the way they do business,” said Mark Austin, who took over the Williston Sears in the fall of 2013.

 The program, called Project 46, involved a remodel and makeover of the store, focusing on appliances. The Williston Sears changed the layout of its floors and has shifted its computer system to interactive touchscreens.

The store will host a grand reopening on April 23-25 with doors prizes, raffles and grilled food. The food is free or by donation and the proceeds will go to a local nonprofit. [Read more...]

Hub Happenings: Pizza Hut now open in Maple Tree Place

Pizza Hut interior

Observer photos by Stephanie Choate Pizza Hut team member Budd Getch prepared for the lunch rush on Monday morning.

Pizza Hut outside

Pizza Hut opened at 166 Sycamore Street, Suite 200, in Maple Tree Place last week.

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Williston is the Vermont testing ground of a new concept from a familiar chain.

Pizza Hut opened a new restaurant in Maple Tree Place last week, its ninth eatery in Vermont and third in the Burlington area. But instead of the stylized red roof, residents will see something new—a slice bar.

“It’s a new concept for Pizza Hut and the first in Vermont,” said Paul Hansen, marketing director for Capital Pizza Hut. “We’re excited to see how it goes for us there.”

The slices start at $2.49 for cheese and go up from there. Hansen described the slices, which come from 18-inches pizzas, as “mega slices.”

[Read more...]

Maine trip next for CVU’s boys lacrosse team


After opening the season with three games in five days, the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team had a two-day break following Wednesday’s (Observer press time) scheduled home opener against South Burlington High.

The defending Division 1 champion Redhawks are on to Maine Saturday for a session against Cape Elizabeth High. They will then have vacation week off until the following Saturday when they go to Mount Mansfield Union.

The season thus far has been two overtime contests and two narrow losses prior to the South Burlington match.

[Read more...]

Tennis teams meet Essex Thursday


The Champlain Valley Union High boys and girls tennis teams carried 2-0 records into Wednesday’s matches with South Burlington High, which had been postponed from last Thursday.

The boys were at South Burlington while the girls were at their home Shelburne Davis Park courts for an exchange of serves with the Rebels.

The girls are then scheduled to play host to Essex High Thursday afternoon while the boys visit the Hornets at the Junction. Then it is a week off for vacation.

In knocking off Rice Memorial 6-1 Monday, George Lomas, Ivan Llone, Justin Hameline and Ben Hyams won their singles matches while the teams of David Huber-Stephen Asch and Jack Zullo-Nathan Walker prevailed in doubles. [Read more...]

Spring Redhawks Roundup


A look at the spring 2015 athletic season

Champlain Valley Union High coaches provide a preview of their teams and season outlook.


Coach: Tim Albertson

Key returning veterans: Rayne Supple; Deagan Poland; Will Potter; Shea Ireland; Sam Mikell; Jack Dugan; Dan Poodiack

Leading newcomers: Too early to tell [Read more...]

Midfielder Lily Schmoker:  Girls lacrosse looking good


By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

In the wake of last year’s losing season, things are turning around for the Champlain Valley Union High girls’ lacrosse team.

No doubt about it, according to senior co-captain Lily Schmoker, whose view from midfield sees a strong campaign ahead.

The Redhawks entered this week 1-0 after a season-opening 14-13 victory at Rutland High last Tuesday (April 7), a game they pulled out in the second half after trailing at halftime.

“We really started to click in the second half,” said Schmoker, noting that it was the team’s first time outside on a full field. Plus, the Rutland High field is artificial turf.

A Friday game at Rice Memorial High was postponed to May 15. With the sun shining on a cool but nice last Thursday afternoon at CVU, hopes were high that the Hinesburg fields would soon be playable.

The Redhawks are slated to open their home schedule Thursday afternoon against Colchester High. [Read more...]