January 24, 2017

Tech talk for seniors

Spring ahead your tech knowledge by joining Tech for Tomorrow for a free, educational technology seminar, called “Tech Talk — Spring Ahead!” Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Tech Talk is designed to help seniors and members of the greater Chittenden County community get their tech questions answered. [Read more…]

Make your aging pay off

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What types of discounts are available to baby boomers, at what age do they kick in and what’s the best way to go about finding them?

Almost 50

Dear Almost, [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Lucy McCullough

Starting the year with leftovers

At the beginning of the New Year, we had leftover ham from the holidays. We had purchased a delicious local spiral ham, much larger than we needed, for the nine of us on Christmas day. It was already cooked and only needed to be reheated for 10-12 minutes per pound. The rest of the meal was a breeze to prepare. We had many great meals to follow featuring the leftover ham. There were a couple of meals of scalloped potatoes and several servings of split-pea soup (some placed in the freezer for a future cold winter day). We added ham pieces to our luncheon salads and served some with eggs for breakfast. Life is good when you start off the New Year with a bounty of good food and enjoy cooking up some old favorites. [Read more…]

ECI employees give generously

Observer courtesy photo ECI presents a check to Make-a-Wish.

Observer courtesy photo
ECI presents a check to Make-a-Wish.

Engineers Construction (ECI) announced that its employees contributed $10,800 on Jan. 10 to three local charities – Make-a-Wish Vermont, Camp Ta- Kum-Ta, and Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation. [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

Williston residents lead win for Husky Injection

Rick Musgrave

Rick Musgrave

Rick Musgrave

Husky Injection Molding Systems’ legal and intellectual property team has been awarded the prestigious Association of Corporate Counsel Value Champion Award. The Value Champion Award is a unique recognition that identifies, celebrates and publicizes successful law department value initiatives and collaborations between clients and their legal service providers. Willistonians include Rick Musgrave, who leads the company’s global legal and intellectual property team, Carolyn Jenko, who provides global paralegal support and Alan Cote (Green Mountain Innovation) who provides patent agent consulting services for Husky, the company said in a release.

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Online tool aims to get Vermonters on path to high-paying jobs

The website Pathways to Promising Careers is an online tool that shows people how to become qualified for the most promising jobs in the state.

The website Pathways to Promising Careers is an online tool that shows people how to become qualified for the most promising jobs in the state.

By Tiffany Danitz Pache

Special to the Observer

In his inaugural speech, Gov. Phil Scott said he wants to focus on getting Vermonters the education they need after high school to access good-paying jobs. Now there is an online tool that shows people how to become qualified for the most promising jobs in the state. [Read more…]

Biz helps women shake up their 9 to 5

Observer courtesy photo Neely Raffellini launched the 9 to 5 Project with designer Maureen Ballatori in July.

Observer courtesy photo
Neely Raffellini launched the 9 to 5 Project with designer Maureen Ballatori in July.

By Phyl Newbeck

Special to the Observer

Neely Raffellini has worked in many fields, so she has seen a lot of what women face in the marketplace. She eventually found her voice as a resume writer, a job she has held since 2012, but these days, the Williston resident is expanding on that work, to help women who haven’t yet found their calling. [Read more…]


Robert Drouin

Robert Drouin

Robert Drouin

Robert Drouin, 89, was born in Fort Montgomery on Sept. 17, 1927 to Dona D. Drouin and Evelye (Harris). He went to be with the Lord after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and was 89. Robert resided at Green Mountain Nursing Home for the last year and a half, where he received excellent care. He entered the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Cathedral High School and retired after 21 years. Robert’s hobbies included carving ducks, making furniture and painting. He worked for A&P for 20 years and Champlain College for 20 years. Robert married his wife Theresa Ricker in 1957, who survives, and they were married for 59 years. Robert is also survived by his daughter Donna and her husband Michael Douglas of Fairfax, and his son Brian and his wife Jonni Drouin of South Burlington. He also leaves five grandchildren; Stephen and Aaron Douglas and Kylie, Jonathan and Meghan Drouin. Robert was predeceased by two sisters Mary Stahlberger and Lois Beaupre, and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial took place on Jan. 12, 2017 at at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Main St. Richmond, Vt. There will be no calling hours. Burial will take place in the spring.
Ready Funeral Home and Cremation Services 261 Shelburne Rd. Burlington, Vt., have been entrusted with the arrangements.
To place online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

Darcy John Spence

Darcy John Spence

Darcy John Spence Sr.

Darcy John Spence Sr., 80, went peacefully into the arms of his Lord, in the comfort of his own home, on Jan. 2, 2017. He passed in the hands of family, friends and God after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Darcy was born on Dec. 16, 1936, the first-born son of Genevieve (Lucia) and John Harold “Pat” Spence in Burlington, Vt.
He served in the U.S. Army until May of 1962 when he was awarded an honorable discharge. On Oct. 28, 1961 he married the love of his life Melvina Sevene. They were married for 55 years.
He is survived by his wife Melvina Spence (Sevene) and his sons Darcy Jr. and wife Mary, Scott and his partner Lisa, and his brothers Charles and wife Carol, Joe and wife Beverly, sister Janice, brother Ernie and wife Louise and his sister in law Ellie. He is predeceased by his parents, John “Pat” and Genevieve, his brother Francis, sister Beverly and her husband Skip as well as his brother-in-law Mark, husband of Janice.
He found great joy in his grandchildren Michael, Rebecca, Hannah, Sierra and their spouses. He leaves three great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. We would like to thank our family and friends who have showed us so much love, spiritual and emotional support during the greatest loss of our life. Because of you touching our lives we have become better people. Darcy is with our Heavenly Father, making a place for us so we can be together again one day. We thank everyone for your prayers, food and other kindnesses. Family received guests at the Gifford Funeral Home in Richmond, Vt. on Jan. 6, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to VNA Hospice of Chittenden County, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05443.

Focus on Frey photos

Observer photos by Ben Apfelbaum

The Williston Observer’s contributing photographer, Al Frey showcased some of his favorite photos as the featured artist for this month’s Brick Church Music Series art show on Jan. 13. Frey’s photos can be viewed and purchased at alfreyphotography.com

FreyChurchDSC_0078 FreyFiremanDSC_0087 FreyFootballDSC_0084 [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Hearing assistance devices are available for events in the library’s community room. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.

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