December 18, 2017

Recognizing and treating depression in retirement

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Since retiring a few years ago, my husband has become increasingly irritable and apathetic. I’m concerned that he’s depressed, even though he may not admit it. Where can we turn to get help with this, and what, if anything, does Medicare pay for? [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Cristina Clarimon-Alinder

Molten Chocolate Mug Cake

This is the cutest version of a decadent chocolate brownie you will ever find. In addition, it indulges those who cannot tolerate gluten when they are craving a proper dessert during the holidays. After all, nobody should feel deprived while everyone else is partaking of special desserts, and this humble mug cake never disappoints. [Read more…]

Folklife focuses on new Americans for storytelling project

The Vermont Folklife Center of Middlebury is launching a digital storytelling initiative focused on young New Americans entitled “New American Voices.” [Read more…]

Let men their songs employ…

The Middlebury College Collegium performs for a packed house at Williston’s Old Brick Church Friday Night Concert Series on 08Dec17

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Volunteer opportunities

By Sue Alenick

United Way volunteer coordinator


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Making memories and granting wishes

Tickets on sale now for 10th annual CVU Family Formal

Champlain Valley Union High School’s business ethics class is hosting its 10th-annual Family Formal, a dance that brings families together from Shelburne, Charlotte, Hinesburg, Williston and other parts of Chittenden County. [Read more…]

Frosting, friends and fun at library’s cookie decorating

New friends (L to R) Win-Barka Somda (6), Cooper Stephens (7), Devin Taylor (7), and Miriam Taylor (3) enjoy cookie decorating night at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library on Monday evening.

Cooper Stephens (7) thoroughly enjoys the cookies he decorated at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library on Monday evening.

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library gets into the Holiday spirit

Deck the halls…and more!

Observer photos by Al Frey

Two of the homes in Williston that have embraced the holiday decorating spirit. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Woof! Dog Communication in the Human World [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Shameful tax legislation from Congress

I am so thoroughly disgusted with the Republicans in Congress that I question whether I can write a civil letter expressing my anger. Since when is it more important to pass legislation by a deadline than it is to pass legislation that is carefully and responsibly crafted? [Read more…]