October 21, 2014

PHOTOS: CVU Football

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Sophomore quarterback Jake Evans, filling in for an injured Andrew Bortnick, ran for 87 yards on 21 lugs during Saturday’s homecoming game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Sophomore quarterback Jake Evans, filling in for an injured Andrew Bortnick, ran for 87 yards on 21 lugs during Saturday’s homecoming game. (Observer photos by Al Frey)

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PHOTOS: Hike for Hunger

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Approximately 250 people participated in Saturday’s Hike for Hunger, held at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston, according to Anore Horton, child nutrition advocacy manager for Hunger Free Vermont. This is Hunger Free Vermont’s 18th year of organizing the Hike for Hunger and third year the event has been held at Catamount.

Sumra Harper-Deas and James Eberhardy pose after completing the hike with their children, Lucy and Bennett Eberhardy. (Observer photos by Al frey)

Sumra Harper-Deas and James Eberhardy pose after completing the hike with their children, Lucy and Bennett Eberhardy. (Observer photos by Al frey)

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POPCORN: “This is Where I Leave You”

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2 1/2 popcorns

2 1/2 popcorns

“This is Where I Leave You”

Sibling Reveries

2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer­

 

Tolstoy begins his “Anna Karenina” with, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Thus, consciously or not, director Shawn Levy’s “This is Where I Leave You” finds occasion to seriocomically affirm the maxim via a soap-opera-ish examination of the Altman family following the death of its patriarch. You know the routine: The kids, now grownups and suffering one personal dissatisfaction or another, gather at the old manse to mourn, and there celebrate the sanctity of the nuclear unit by mercilessly tearing into each other. [Read more...]

Obituaries

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FRANK JAMES DAYVIE
Frank J. Dayvie passed away peacefully with his wife, Edith, by his side at his home in Williston on Sept. 19, 2014. Frank was born in Elmont, N.Y., (home of Belmont Park) on Nov. 2, 1936, the son of Frank and Margaret Dayvie. After serving in the U.S. Air Force 75th B-52 Bomber Squadron from 1955-59, he worked at Republic Aviation in Long Island. In 1966, he accepted a position at IBM, and he and his family moved to Williston. He had long career at IBM where he worked as an engineering manager until 1993. [Read more...]

Tax aide program seeks volunteers

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AARP Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation. Each year from Feb. 1 through mid-April, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers help prepare federal and state tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome and some computer skills are an extra bonus. You do not need to be an AARP member nor a retiree. No prior experience in tax preparation is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome. Volunteers are also needed to greet taxpayers to keep the site running smoothly. [Read more...]

Vaccination options available to seniors this flu season

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By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
I understand that there are several types of flu vaccines being offered to seniors this flu season. What can you tell me about them?
— Cautiou­s Senior

Dear Cautious,
Depending on your health, age and personal preference, there’s a buffet of flu shots available to seniors this flu season, along with two vaccinations for pneumonia that you should consider getting, too. [Read more...]

Thetford Invitational looms for CVU harriers

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams return to the Green Mountains Saturday (literally) when they run in the annual Thetford Invitational, a warmup for the Vermont Championships to be held in Thetford at the end of the month.
Last Saturday, the Redhawks joined elite teams in Manchester, N.H., with the girls team taking second place among seven regional powerhouses.
Sophia Gorman was the top CVU runner, scoring a fifth place finish in under 20 minutes (19:16.2). Redhawk teammate Carly Neeld came in ninth.

Essex test next for CVU field hockey

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Having run off five straight victories, coach Kate McDonald and her sizzling 7-1-1 Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team head for the Junction Saturday morning and their second clash of the season with undefeated (8-0-1) Essex High.
The two teams played to a scoreless deadlock earlier in the campaign at Hinesburg.
CVU on Tuesday used the red-hot stick of junior Kate Machavern to earn a 2-1 triumph at Mount Mansfield Union and equalize the season series against the Cougars, who had handed the Redhawks their lone loss.
Machavern potted both CVU scores, hiking her total to five in CVU’s last three contests.
Lauren Macy and Sami Harvey assisted. CVU goalie Tashia Pashby-Rockwood had two saves.
Last Saturday, Machavern fired two goals as the Redhawks scored a 3-0 home win over Burlington High. Lily Schmoker also tallied as Pashby-Rockwood notched her seventh shutout of the season.
On Wednesday (Sept. 24) Machavern’s overtime goal provided a 1-0 win over visiting Middlebury.

Two home games coming up for CVU soccer girls

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Early in the season, Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer coach had concerns about the offense getting coordinated and efficient.
Hey coach! Things seem to be smoothing out.
In three games since Wednesday (Sept. 24), the overall 9-0 Redhawks have won three road games, outscoring their opponents 16-1, a net-scorching pace if there ever was one.
CVU comes back home to Hinesburg Thursday with North Country Union High’s Falcons showing for a battle of birds (4 p.m.) in the first of two home tilts at the hillside nest.
CVU’s latest victim was 2-8 South Burlington High, which fell 4-0 under the lights Tuesday night, the Redhawks putting the game away with three second-half goals.
Sierra Morton, Lindsay Kimball, Naomi Burhans and Audrey Allegretta had the winners’ pointers. Goalie Michaela Flore made two stops in the CVU cage.
In St. Johnsbury Saturday, the Redhawks erupted for a 9-0 victory, with Allegretta and Hannah Pease each bagging a pair of scores.
A week ago Wednesday, CVU rapped Burlington High 3-1 on the BHS turf. Megan Gannon, Lia Gagliuso and Burhans were the goal-getters.

North Country, Colchester next for CVU soccer lads

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team took a seven-game unbeaten string onto the field at South Burlington High Wednesday night (after the Observer’s press deadline) hoping to blunt a Rebel scoring parade that laid a 5-1 stinging on Essex High late last week.
The Rebels came away with a 7-1 record and definitely looking for more.
CVU will follow Wednesday’s visit to the land of the Pale Blue with home contests Friday against North Country Union (4 p.m.) and Tuesday with Colchester High stepping onto the Hinesburg pitch.
While South Burlington was shocking Essex, the Redhawks were in St. Johnsbury, putting away the 4-2-1 Hilltoppers 3-0.
Elliott Mitchell was the Redhawks’ Scoring Dude this day with two goals, while Chris Reiss added a tally.
The CVU defense picked up its fifth straight shutout.