May 24, 2015

Healthy Food for Two: The beauty of Belgian endive


By Ania Robertson

Belgian endive is a member of the Compositae family, along with artichokes, dandelions and lettuce.
Ayurveda teaches that all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent) should be eaten at every meal for us to feel satisfied and to ensure that all major food groups and nutrients are represented.
Our diet tends to have too much of sweet, sour and salty tastes. Belgian endive has a bitter taste due to intybin, a substance that is helpful to the digestion and the liver.
I know quite a few folks who are turned off by its bitterness. However, I love Belgian endive for its crunch, delicacy and because it is very low in sodium. It is a natural diuretic, and an excellent source for getting dietary fiber, which is essential to keep a healthy digestive system and protect against constipation. Also, it is a good source of vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E and K, as well as potassium, folic acid, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and calcium.
Toss Belgium endive with your salad or serve as a great hors d’oeuvre. Fill out the petals with “Boursin” cheese or pâté, and… use your imagination.

Belgian Endive Salad
I remove too much bitterness from Belgian endive by removing the core and soaking petals in water or milk for about 30 minutes.

2 medium Belgian endives
1/2 small apple
2 inches of fresh leek (white part)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (use Grapeseed oil Vegenaise)
1/4 teaspoon (or to your taste) fenugreek powder
dash of turmeric powder
salt and black pepper to taste

Cut endive petals into 1/4-inch strips
Cut apple into thin slices, and then into thin strips
Cut leek into 1/16-inch strips
In a small bowl, mix them with mayonnaise, fenugreek, turmeric, salt and pepper.

Ania Robertson is a certified life coach with additional certification in Ayurveda and Feng Shui.



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Special Olympics Vermont is preparing for the 2015 Summer Games. Volunteers are needed. There’s a perfect position for all volunteers. Shifts available May 29, 4-8 p.m., May 30 and 31 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All volunteers receive lunch and a t-shift. Contact Caitlin Jenkins at 861-0274 or email [email protected]

Cathedral Square Corporation is looking for a group of volunteers to build raised garden beds at Holy Cross. Must be skilled at reading plans and building and able to commit to completing the project (it could take more than one day). Will need lead time to order materials. Contact Beth Alpert at 859-8819 or email [email protected]

Make-A-Wish Vermont is in need of a volunteer one or two mornings a week to help with database entry and general office tasks. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus. Contact Shawna Wakeham-Smith at 864-9393, Ext. 104 or email [email protected]

American Red Cross Blood Services is seeking volunteers to greet and register platelet donors, discuss basic eligibility and answer questions. Good customer service skills and basic writing and computer skills needed. Training provided. One two-hour shift a week. Interview and background check required. Contact Alice Drislane at 497-6708 or email [email protected]

Vermont Foodbank is in need of volunteers to harvest “seconds” from Vermont farms to be processed and provided to those who would otherwise not have access to local produce. Volunteers should be able to lift up to 30 pounds. Contact Nicole Mitchell at 477-4146 or email [email protected]

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes is looking for volunteers to help address their “to do” list which may include waterfront cleanup, scraping and painting, raking, etc. Flexible scheduling. Volunteers are also needed to help at the biggest event of the season, the Kids Pirate Festival on June 11, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Contact Elisa Nelson at 475-2022 or email [email protected]

Shelburne Museum is again hosting The Classic Auto Festival and needs volunteers to help escort cars onto the Museum grounds and assist with check-in and break-down. June 5, three-hour shifts. Contact Pam Nuovo at 985-3346 or email [email protected]

Girls on the Run Vermont needs volunteers for its non-competitive 5K event at Champlain Valley Expo, June 6 from 8 a.m. – noon. Help with face painting, handing out water bottles, staffing the food table and cheering on the girls. Contact GOTR at 246-1476 or email Julie Cubino at [email protected]



Lloyd M. “Duke” Shepard, 88, passed away peacefully in the UVM Medical Center on Friday, May 15, 2015, surrounded by members of his loving family. Duke was born in Starksboro on Oct. 18, 1926, the son of Newman and Mildred Shepard, the youngest of eight children. Duke married the “love of his life,” Louise M. Johnson, on Dec. 20, 1946, after meeting on the Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain. He worked for 20 years as a truck driver for H.P. Hood, then for Mitchell Fuels, and New England Marine. In his later years, he worked for his daughter and son-inlaw at Northland Janitorial. He was a longtime resident of Williston, moving there in June 1958 with Louise and his five children. He leaves his oldest daughter, Nita and husband, Raymond Ingham; son, Donald and companion, Joni Ellis; daughter, Brenda and husband, Donald Ingham; daughter, Sheila (predeceased, July 2011) and husband, Arthur Seoane; and youngest son, Gary and wife, Helen; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his sister, Ruthena Zeno; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Shepard and Rollande Shepard; and several nieces and nephews. Duke was proud to be a W.W.II veteran, having served on the U.S.S. Dayton. He loved his home, family and large circle of friends; spending time outside enjoying nature; loved horses and all animals. He had a wonderful, fulfilling life and a peaceful journey to the next one. We will always remember his smile and quick wit. The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care and consideration given to Duke and his family from the UVM Medical Center staff. A graveside memorial service will be held at the Maplewood Cemetery in Huntington on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. Arrangements in care of the Gifford Funeral Home.

Kris Lewis Carlson, 66, of Williston, died peacefully in the Vermont Respite House on May 1, 2015. Kris was born on June 27, 1948, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the son of Charles Arthur and Joyce Ruth (Lewis) Carlson. He was drafted by the Army and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. His love for cars and problem solving led him to teach Industrial Arts and Science as well as Automotive Technology at Burlington High School and Burlington Technical Center from 1978 to 1990. He then started and developed the Automotive Technology Program at Vermont Technical College in 1990 and taught until 1994. He changed career paths and started working for Snap On Industrial until his retirement. In his spare time, Kris had a love of antique Buick cars, gardening, woodworking, and was a “jack-of-all-trades” for his family members, whom he was never too busy for. Kris is survived by his best friend and soul mate, Sandra B. Marcotte of Williston, and her son, Eric R. Marcotte and wife, Sherry, of Kentucky; daughter, Erica Carlson Houghton, and grand-children, Ella Marie Houghton and Riley Carlson Houghton, of Milton; sister, Mary Richer and husband, Ron, of Colchester; brother, Paul Carlson of Williston; brother, Eric Carlson and wife, Deb, of St. Albans; sister, Lori Arango and husband, Bill, of South Burlington; and a large extended family. He was predeceased by his father in 1970; and mother in 2012. The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Chris Anker and Dr. Steven Ades and the nursing and support staff at UVM Medical Center. We also would like to thank Dr. Jaina Clough and the staff at the Vermont Respite House. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. To send online condolences please visit Those who wish to make contributions in his memory please consider The Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Little Details: More than fur deep


By Katherine Bielawa Stamper

Life requires us to take risks to make connections. This is how we form friendships. This is how we build relationships with teachers, mentors and colleagues. This is how we learn to love.
For children who’ve experienced foster care, this can be particularly difficult.  Forging healthy emotional ties is challenging when links to one’s biological family have been disrupted. Whatever the reason for separation — negligence, abuse or crisis — removal from one’s home represents a secondary trauma.
May is National Foster Care Month. The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), which tracks statistics on this demographic group offers the following estimates:
510,000 children are living in foster care in the U.S.
40 percent of the 510,000 are aged 13 to 21
17 percent are living in group or institutional settings
49 percent are waiting to be reunited with their biological families
25 percent are waiting to be adopted because their biological families’ parental rights were terminated
Average number of placements a child in foster care experiences: 3
I work at an organization providing therapeutic foster care for children and youth coming out of particularly challenging circumstances. Many of the children we serve experience PTSD — not from a battlefield, but from their childhood home.
I’ve learned from colleagues who provide direct service — clinicians and social workers — that the impact of abuse and neglect sometimes delves far deeper than superficial bruises. Impaired cognitive development impacts a child’s ability to learn. Depleted self-esteem can precipitate poor choices and self-harm in the physical and emotional sense. Learning to trust others, when trust has been violated by those entrusted with one’s care, can be particularly difficult.
We strive to provide the youth in our care with: nurturing foster parents; educational advocacy and stability of placement; access to health, dental and mental health care; mentoring; healthy recreational opportunities; and preparation for the transition to adulthood. These aspects of “parenting” or “caregiving” are often missing or significantly disrupted in the lives of these children.
A relatively new tool in our agency’s toolbox is Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). AAT is designed to improve a client’s social, emotional and cognitive functioning. AAT engages animals, directly, in the process of healing. Clients are partnered with an animal — often a dog, cat or horse — to spend time together.
Positive interactions foster improved physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning. For kids experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges, such therapy can enhance their sense of well-being, heighten self-esteem and strengthen attention skills.
Therapy Dog
Shayla is our office’s certified therapy dog. She wears a little pink service scarf. She’s a mixed-breed, chestnut-colored pooch rescued from an out-of-state kill shelter. Shayla wanders our office suite, sniffing her way through, while offering free petting services. She knows where our payroll administrator keeps a stash of dog biscuits and adjusts her visits accordingly. She sits quietly at her master’s feet during management team meetings. Shayla is a sweet diversion in a busy workplace.
The magic of Shayla’s presence is the impact she has on the children and youth we serve. Children ask to see Shayla and know they must calm themselves — just a little — in order to pet her in a gentle way. I’ve witnessed these transformations for young people spending time with our four-pawed furry friend.
A lot of our kids have learned to respond to relationships with defiance, as a way to protect themselves. That approach doesn’t work with Shayla. These kids learn to approach her gently. They learn how to simply “be” in the company of a gentle, compassionate soul.
Youth in foster care face significant hurdles on their journey to independence. Learning to form healthy relationships, while recognizing the power of positive interdependence, prepares these young people for life.
Shayla was abused as a puppy. I suspect her understanding of kids in foster care runs more than fur deep.
Katherine Bielawa Stamper, a Williston resident, is a former finalist for the Coolidge Prize for Journalism for writings on civility.  Reader comments are welcome at [email protected] or [email protected]

Williston Recreation & Parks News


Track and Field Program
After several successful seasons, the Track & Field program will continue its affiliation with the Parisi Speed School. Also back for another season is Coach Tova Tomasi. Participants will learn the basics of running, jumping, throwing and relays. There will be a state meet in August, as well as dual meets with other recreation departments. Practices are held at CVU High School. This program is for 7-15 year olds as of Dec. 31, 2015. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m. June 17- July 25, $45 per person.

July fourth Celebration
The theme for this year’s July Fourth celebration is “Community Begins Here.” The two-day celebration will begin on Friday, July 3 with the library book sale, ice cream social and the town band concert. On July 4, festivities include the parade at 10 a.m., followed by activities and vendors on the village green, the library book sale and the frog jumping contest. There will be music, activities and fireworks on Saturday night. If you or your group would like to be in the parade, be a vendor or would like to offer an activity, visit for details on how to register.We ask that everyone register this year, so that we can plan for those that are participating.
The Recreation Department is looking for July Fourth Parade grand marshal nominees. If you know of someone, email [email protected] the reason you think they should be grand marshal and their contact information.

Summer Sports Camps
The Recreation Department will offer a variety of sports camps this summer. The lineup includes camps in tennis, field hockey, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, rugby, baseball and soccer. Camp offerings vary in grades from K-8. Visit for more information.

Summer Trips
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
Thursday, June 25. $79 per person. All ages. Afternoon game, 1:35 p.m. start at Fenway Park. A Premier Coach bus will leave Williston around 8:20 a.m. and return around 9:15 p.m. Seats are in section 2, rows 12-15, seats 1-14. There are a limited number of seats, so register today. Price includes bus fare and ticket to the game.

Saratoga Racetrack
Thursday, Aug.13. $77 per person. Ages 50+. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Join us and other area recreation departments for an exciting day at the racetrack. We will board a Premier Coach bus for the journey to New York, stopping for lunch at Maestro’s in the heart of Saratoga Springs before making our way to the historic racetrack with reserved seating and program at the track. Come meet new people and enjoy a day at the track. Price includes transportation by coach bus, lunch reserved seating and program at racetrack.

To learn more about the Williston Recreation and Parks Department, visit or email [email protected]

Artsy stormwater management: I-89 northbound rest stop gets new rain barrel


By Betsy Tharpe

Those passing through Williston on Interstate 89 can expect some stormwater education with an artistic flair at the northbound rest stop.
Last Thursday, Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG) Program Director Breck Bowden and Williston Stormwater Coordinator James Sherrard installed a new rain barrel to collect roof runoff from the I-89 rest area roof. The barrel will store stormwater from the roof during rain events to be used for irrigating landscaping during dry periods — reducing runoff to local streams and conserving potable water.
In 2009, LCSG partnered with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, The Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District and others to install rain gardens, a rain barrel and educational stormwater signage at the rest area. The installations aim to capture runoff from the building and walking path’s impervious surfaces, restoring pre-development water flows and reducing the harmful effects of stormwater on area streams and ponds. After years of high use, the rain barrel on site was in need of replacing. Sea Grant contacted local artist Tara Goreau, who painted a new barrel with a playful depiction of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and the farms and streams that dot the landscape. If you look closely, you may spot Champ on the barrel, too.
The Town of Williston has instituted significant changes to address the impacts of stormwater runoff this year, most notably the establishment of a townwide stormwater program to manage the town’s stormwater infrastructure and help meet state permit requirements. Williston’s Stormwater Coordinator James Sherrard notes, “Like many growing municipalities, portions of Williston are experiencing higher stormwater runoff volumes as a result of increased development. This higher flow leads to increased pollutant loading, localized stream channel degradation and land erosion. Mitigating the impacts of development on our waterways has become a central focus for Vermonters as the health of the tributaries in our cities and towns directly impact the overall water quality of valued natural resources, such as Lake Champlain.”
Installing rain barrels and rain gardens to capture stormwater flow from residential rooftops and driveways are small efforts that can add up when implemented across a landscape, according to Sherrard.
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program Director Breck Bowden says that even though rain barrels are small, they can make a big difference. “In a quarter inch rain event, one rain barrel can capture runoff from 350 square feet of roof. If rain barrels are installed at every downspout of a residential home, that can translate into total runoff capture in these smaller rain events — and that’s good for the aquatic environment.”
The Lake Champlain Sea Grant program funds scientific research in the Lake Champlain Basin and offers watershed education to K-12 students, adults, professional groups and municipalities.
This year, Williston is hosting the third annual “Connecting the Drops” rain barrel exhibit. In partnership with the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, the Chittenden County Regional Stormwater Education Program and Lake Champlain Sea Grant, Williston will display seven hand-painted rain barrels courtesy of local artists. They will be installed in the Williston Community Park with accompanying panels depicting the Kids Vermont Stormwater Story – an illustrated tale of how rain water becomes stormwater and what each of us can do to reduce the flow. The barrels and story will be on display until July 3, when lucky winners will be selected at the Town’s Fire Cracker Fun Run and ice cream social event. To learn more and to sign up for a chance to win one of the painted rain barrels, visit:
Becky Tharp is the land use planning & water quality educator for Lake Champlain Sea Grant at the University of Vermont.