November 24, 2014

Recipe Corner: Breakfast Dishes


By Ginger Isham

My husband always said breakfast was his best meal of the day. A good breakfast gave him the energy needed to work on the farm. The cold weather tells us we need a hearty breakfast, too. The following recipes can easily replace a breakfast out and are better for you.

Turkey and Apple Sausage Patties
(from Eating Well Cookbook, 1994)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 tart apples, peeled and grated
1 pound ground turkey (breast or other parts)
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons dried sage
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon EACH nutmeg and allspice
Heat oil in a pan, add onions and sauté until soft. Add apples and cook until tender. Place in a bowl to cool. Add ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg whites and spices. Mix well. Divide mixture into 16 portions and shape into patties. Bake in 450-degree oven until outside is golden brown and inside no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Can make ahead and freeze then bake about 20 minutes.

Hash Browns
A heavy non-stick skillet works best for these potatoes. I use an iron skillet.
3 medium potatoes (Russets or other kind) peeled and quartered
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
pinch of salt and paprika (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
Cook potatoes in lightly salted water until tender. Cool and cut into cubes. Heat oil in skillet and sauté onions. Add potatoes and sauté until golden brown, about 12 minutes, over medium heat.
Add seasonings. Stir in parsley last.

Baked Eggs Easy
8 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or mix different kinds of cheese
3 tablespoons chopped onion
small slivers of cooked ham, crisp bacon bits, etc. (optional)
Beat all together and add pinch of salt and pepper. Pour into an oiled 8×8-inch baking dish. Bake in 325-degree oven for about 40 minutes.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

The high cost of family caregiving


Almost half (46 percent) of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving expenses, according to a new report. A family caregiver is defined as someone who takes care of a family member or friend, but is unpaid for their services. Their caregiving expenses include out-of-pocket costs for medications, medical bills, in-home care, nursing homes and more.
Of the family caregivers studied:

  • 16 percent spend from $5,000 to $9,999
  • 11 percent spend from $10,000 to $19,999
  • 7 percent spend $20,000 to $29,999
  • 5 percent spend $30,000 to $49,999
  • 7 percent spend $50,000 or more each year
  • 32 percent of family caregivers spend less than $5,000 per year
  • 21 percent do not know how much they spend on caregiving each year.

[Read more...]

Finding affordable dental care


By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
I had dental insurance through my work for many years but lost it when I retired. Where can retirees find affordable dental care?
—Need a Dentist

Dear Need,
Finding affordable dental care can be challenging for seniors living on a tight budget. Most retirees lose their dental insurance after leaving the workplace, and original Medicare does not cover cleaning, fillings or dentures. While there’s no one solution to affordable dental care there are a number of options that can help cut your costs. Here’s where to look. [Read more...]

Police Notes


Fatal accident on French Hill

On Nov. 2, Vermont State Police, Richmond EMS and Richmond Fire Department were called to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 89 in the French Hill area of Williston.
Police discovered a southbound vehicle had gone off the roadway and into the median, and then struck a ledge. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle, a Massachusetts resident, was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver’s identity is currently being withheld, pending next of kin notification.
Excessive speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, which occurred while the weather was clear and the roadway was dry.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact State Police in Williston at 878-7111. [Read more...]

Semifinalist CVU soccer boys finish season at 12-4-1


By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
South Burlington stayed alive by nipping fifth-seeded Champlain Valley Union High 2-1 in overtime last Wednesday, a win that propelled the top-seeded team into Saturday’s Division 1 boys’ soccer championship game. There, the Rebels topped third seed Essex High, 2-1 on post-overtime penalty kicks.
It was the second crown in four years for South Burlington, which finished with a 16-1 record and a pair of narrow one-goal victories over CVU.
Coach Katie Mack’s Redhawks closed out at 12-4-1. [Read more...]

No regrets for CVU field hockey after finals loss

Senior tri-captain Katherine King stays ahead of her Essex defender during Saturday’s championship game.

Senior tri-captain Katherine King stays ahead of her Essex defender during Saturday’s championship game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

It was not the ending they had hoped for, but Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team members had few, if any, regrets when they departed the University of Vermont’s Moulton-Winder Field Saturday following their 2-1 loss to unbeaten Essex High in the Division 1 championship match.
“We played well,” said CVU coach Kate McDonald. “If we had not, I might feel differently. But our girls played very well.” [Read more...]

CVU girls add more moments to soccer history books

Lia Gagliuso takes on a Burlington High opponent during  Saturday’s championship game. The Redhawks won 1-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Lia Gagliuso takes on a Burlington High opponent during
Saturday’s championship game. The Redhawks won 1-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The girls’ soccer history annals at Champlain Valley Union High, and indeed, all of Vermont, are getting thick with Redhawk moments.
In the wake of Saturday’s generally dominating 1-0 victory over Burlington High for the Division 1 title on the Seahorses turf, here is a tally of some historical accomplishments of note:
It was the fourth straight crown for CVU, a streak the program matched back in the ‘90s among its overall haul of 15 championships.
The win completed a second straight undefeated (18-0) season with the run of triumphant games now at 44. [Read more...]

Little Details: Veteran’s Say


By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

World War I (1914-1918) precipitated enormous loss of life and property while fundamentally altering the map of Europe. Political alliances shifted. Longstanding empires collapsed, splintering into newly-formed, independent nations.
My grandfathers, ethnic Poles, were subjects of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They were called to arms in Galicia to defend the honor of their Hapsburgian Emperor—Charles I of Austria and Charles IV of Hungary—in faraway Vienna.
I know very little of my grandfathers’ wartime experiences. They did not write of them. They did not speak of them. Their deaths preceded my birth, denying me the opportunity to ask.
I know what history tells me: As subjects of Austria-Hungary, my grandfathers were on the losing side in World War I. Defeat wasn’t such a bad thing. Dismantling of empires recreated Poland as a free and independent nation following over a century of partitions by Russia, Prussia and Austria-Hungary. Polish was reinstated as the official language, casting aside the foreign tongues imposed on peasants and aristocrats alike. The land grab by aggressive neighbors seemed over. (Note: Germany and the U.S.S.R. would invade Poland in 1939, starting World War II.) [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor


Let your voice be heard
November marks the beginning of the school budget season in Vermont. It gives us all the opportunity to review, reassess and/or confirm that we are heading in the right direction to continue to provide the best education to our children.
So what better opportunity to take part in this important process than by sharing your voice and opinion as the School Board begins the annual process to determine the 2015-2016 school budget. Please join us on Monday, Nov. 10 at 5.30 p.m. in Williston Central School’s library. [Read more...]

Fall safety concerns for animals large and small


By M. Kathleen Shaw

Many people love the autumn season. But, with the holidays and cooling temperatures, the fall brings some potential dangers to our animals-large and small.
As we winterize cars, houses and barns, remember that antifreeze is highly toxic to pets. Just one or two licks of antifreeze can cause kidney failure and death. Look for the newer, safer version of antifreeze, which does not contain the sweetener so tempting to pets. Another toxin, rodenticide (rat poison), is formulated to be tasty to rodents, but is also appealing to dogs, cats and wildlife. These poisons prohibit blood clotting, leading to fatal blood loss and death. If you must use these products, put them up high or in a place where dogs and cats and larger wildlife cannot reach them. Every year veterinarians see cases where owners have forgotten that they put out the poison or where they put it. Don’t assume that “out of sight” means the dog or cat won’t find it—they have an excellent sense smell and, given the chance, will make a beeline to it once they detect it. [Read more...]