May 27, 2018

Spring home upgrades

After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start re-imagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. These project ideas – some big, some small – can help breathe new life into your home so you’re ready to enjoy your favorite rooms to the fullest.

Air it out [Read more…]

Homestead declaration deadline upcoming

The Town of Williston Listers’/Assessor’s office has begun flagging approximately 450 parcels that should be filing the State of Vermont Homestead Declaration form (HS122), and sending a notice to the Vermont Department of Taxes. Property tax adjustment eligibility forms (HI-144) should be filed for income sensitivity consideration. [Read more…]

Health coverage options for pre-Medicare-age spouses

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

My wife, who is 62, is on my health insurance plan through my employer. When I retire in a few months at 65, and go on Medicare, what are my wife’s options? Is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses, or do we have to purchase Obamacare?

Approaching Retirement

Dear Approaching, [Read more…]


By Jan Kenney

Stalking Asparagus

Nothing says springtime to me more than fresh asparagus. My parents had an amazing asparagus plot in their backyard and we made sure that we always planned a visit to their house when they came ripe. [Read more…]

Smoke & Cure rewards players’ efforts

Observer courtesy photo
(Left to right) Reid ZuWallack, William Murphy, Cole ZuWallack, Jason Rosner, Clayton Thorpe, CVU Football Head Coach Mike Williams and Vermont Smoke & Cure CEO Tara Murphy.

Vermont Smoke & Cure of Hinesburg presented a $500 check to the Champlain Valley Union High School football team Monday after players stepped up to help the business fill orders.

The meat production facility is located just down the road from CVU, and players William Murphy, Jason Rosner, Clayton Thorpe, Cole ZuWallack and Reid ZuWallack helped package a large order of mini meat sticks in April.

“It’s really a win-win situation for both Vermont Smoke & Cure and the CVU Football program,” said Vermont Smoke & Cure CEO Tara Murphy, who has a son on the team.

Local businesses interested in helping the team this season can contact the CVU Football Boosters (online at, whose goal is to raise $25,000 before the season begins this fall. Sponsorship packages begin at $75 and include field and online advertising and player sponsorship opportunities.

Affiliated Associates welcomes Woodbury

Michelle Woodbury

Affiliated Associates of Essex recently welcomed Michelle Woodbury to its growing team of insurance professionals. Woodbury will be assisting in customer service and new business processes.

Lisboa, Wilder, Jewett join Healthy Dollars

Mikaila Jewett

Mike Lisboa

Katie Wilder

Healthy Dollars of Essex, a third-party administrator for health reimbursement and flexible spending accounts, recently announced the hiring of Mike Lisboa, Katie Wilder and Mikaila Jewett. [Read more…]

Local Westaff franchise adds staff

Jana Fjeld

Mount Family Group, Ltd., the Williston-based franchisee of Westaff Workforce Solutions, has hired Jana Fjeld of South Burlington as financial analyst. Fjeld is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the corporation in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Fjeld majored in business administration and international business and has three years of professional accounting experience.

Westaff Workforce Solutions provides temporary staffing and employment services.

Brewers fest returns to Stowe

The Stowe Brewers Festival will return in August for its fourth year with more than 40 craft brewers from New England and beyond, live music, food trucks, Vermont spirits, cider-makers, wineries and more. [Read more…]

Hub Happenings

Connor Duffy

KeyBank brings on new Vt. leader

Key Private Bank announced on May 2 the hiring of Connor F. Duffy as vice president/relationship manager for Vermont. Duffy will be responsible for developing new relationships with high net worth individuals and families throughout Vermont, providing them with financial planning and wealth management. [Read more…]