March 19, 2018

Tips and resources for older job seekers

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers?

I’m 60 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help.

Seeking Employment [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

Avocado and Egg Toast

Although spring seems like a mirage at this point, we will soon be able to start working in our gardens. Temperatures will go up enough to venture outside, and the first daffodils will be there to greet us. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Thank You

The Williston Recreation Department would like to thank all those who volunteered in the Youth Basketball Program this season. Thank you to coaches Rick Musgrave, Jamie Falkenbush, Brian Ricca, Joe Jovell, Byron Batres, Jason Dubois, Mark Peryea, Chris Scott, Shawn Skaflestad, Andy Duback, Adam Sicard, Travis Whitmore, Ted Brady, Andy Beaumier, Eric Abby, Holly Haggerty, Ari Souliotis, Jeremy Everitt, Nate Sanders, Brett Blanchard, Tim Candon, John Hawkins, Mark Lamorey, Adam Avery, Carrie Yandow, Amanda Fox, Miro Pasic, Scott Whittier, Joy Russel, Laura McClure, Paula LeBlanc and Chris Leblanc. [Read more…]

Questions every camp-seeker should ask

Observer courtesy photo by Christine Paluf, American Camp Association of New England
Daily activities and programs, like those at the Aloha Hive girls camp in Fairlee, Vermont, help campers build new friendships, self-esteem and independence.

By Bette Bussel

American Camp Association

Camps do a great job of featuring their most important information on their websites. You can see photos, download brochures and applications, review FAQs, view videos and read descriptions of everything from the program to the camp “culture,” which is super important to finding a camp that is the right fit. [Read more…]

Ten enrichments of summer camp

By the American Camp Association

Overnight and day campers practice and develop skill sets necessary for friendship, leadership and community citizenship. Life-enriching lessons await your camper or college-age counselor this summer at camp, as they learn to:

Bounce back from hardship and gain resilience [Read more…]

Give the gift of summer camp

Observer courtesy photo by Christine Paluf, American Camp Association of New England
A counselor spots a camper on the climbing wall at Fenn Day Camp in Massachusetts.

By Bette Bussel

American Camp Association

One of the common misconceptions about summer camp is that it’s a place – that you send your child off to summer camp. Summer camp is a community built by professional educators together with the children they supervise. Within that community, children learn to make decisions and take healthy risks in a safe environment. At camp [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

H&M clothing store coming to UMall

The Massachusetts-based broker working to re-tenant the University Mall in South Burlington, KeyPoint Partners, announced a lease agreement with clothing store H&M in February. [Read more…]

Guest Column: School safety at CVSD

By Elaine Pinckney

CVSD superintendent

After the outbreak of school violence in Parkland, Fla., and our own threats closer to home in Vermont, I’m reaching out to assure the Champlain Valley School District community that the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. While statistically, school shootings remain rare, these horrific incidents focus our attention on critical security needs and cause us to re-evaluate our safety plans [Read more…]

An evening of fiddling and folk singing

Observer photos by Al Frey
Folk musicians Rani Arbo (left) and Greg Ryan entertain an appreciative crowd at Williston’s Old Brick Church Concert Series on March 9.

Folk Musicians Rani Arbo and Greg Ryan entertain an appreciative crowd at Williston’s Old Brick Church Friday Night Concert Series on March 9th.

CVU senior directors present one-act plays

CVU Theatre Program directors, from left, Halina Vercessi, Brenna Comeau, Weller Henderson and Alexa Kartschoke.

Observer contributed photo
A scene from ’Death,’ a play by Woody Allen.

The Champlain Valley Union High School Theatre Program’s presentation of four student-directed one-act plays kicks off Friday with a 7:30 p.m. show at the high school. There will also be a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday and a 2 p.m. show Sunday. [Read more…]