June 25, 2016

Deciding what to do in retirement

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I just turned 62 and am financially prepared for retirement, but I’m less certain about how to spend my time after leaving work. Can you recommend some resources or tools that can help me with this?

Feeling Lost [Read more…]

Healthy Food for Two: Fresh fruit and nut smoothies or pudding, a summer delicacy

by Ania Robertson

The consistency of this refreshing dessert depends on how much water you add to it. It can be a smoothie or pudding, depending on your mood.

The pudding texture comes from ground chia seeds, which have a noteworthy property in the warmer months: they deeply support the body’s hydration and promote vitality, endurance, sustainability and the establishment of immunity. According to Ayurveda, pure-in-nature, or sattvic, chia seeds create a natural warming effect within the body-mind, which supports a balanced metabolism. They are an excellent source of high-quality fiber that controls blood sugar and blood lipids. This superfood has been linked to the prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. [Read more…]

Comings and Goings

Rick Blount hired as Vice President of Development at the Greater Burlington YMCA.

Rick Blount
hired as Vice President of Development at the Greater Burlington YMCA.

Erika Baldasaro promoted to Vice President, Community Banking Division and Sales Manager at Merchants Bank.

Erika Baldasaro
promoted to Vice President, Community Banking Division and Sales Manager at Merchants Bank.

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Hub Happenings

VBSR networking event

Red Wagon Plants will host a Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) networking event on Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and is free for VBSR members and state officials, $10 for nonmembers. Red Wagon Plants will provide hors d’oeuvres and new VBSR member Stonecutter Spirits will operate a cash bar. Pre-registration is requested via vbsr.org.

Bearings company reveals new logo, branding [Read more…]

Sixty minutes to get out

A group works to complete their mission, led by owner Sarah Snyder, at Escape Room 60 which recently opened next to Majestick 10 Theater in Williston.

A group works to complete their mission, led by owner Sarah Snyder, at Escape Room 60 which recently opened next to Majestick 10 Theater in Williston.

New indoor entertainment center provides ‘escape’

By Phyl Newbeck

Observer correspondent

Need a fast way to get away? Tim Haddock, who earlier this month opened the doors to the state’s first “escape room” in Williston, thinks you might. Haddock, who’s from Fairfax, discovered escape rooms when he was traveling around the country and noticed how the new craze of entertainment centers was taking off. [Read more…]

Williston parishoner ordained in priesthood

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Observer photos by Marianne Spear Apfelbaum

Two men, one of them from Williston, were ordained to the preisthood at a special Burlington Mass, held last Friday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington.

Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, ordained the two men into priesthood as part of the diocesan commemoration of the Year of Mercy and its Jubilee for Priests and Seminarians.

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Observer photos by Marianne Spear Apfelbaum

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Succulent signs of summer

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Observer photo by Jess Wisloski

Adams Farm Market now has strawberries. The season is late in coming but as of June 15 Adams began picking up flats of strawberries from Norris Berry Farm in Monkton.

Students’ efforts blossom with help of community gardeners

Observer photo by Laura Gigllotti Students at Williston Central School tend to the garden they now share with Taft Corners Community Gardens

Observer photo by Laura Gigliotti
Students at Williston Central School tend to the garden they now share with Taft Corners Community Gardens

By Laura Gigliotti

Special to the Observer

There was a new addition to the Williston Central School gardens this spring.

Twelve raised beds have been installed by the Taft Corners Community Gardeners, combining the relocated gardens from Harvest Lane to the existing beds at the Garden for Life, located at Williston Central. [Read more…]

Volunteer Opportunities

Choose one of the options below or go to unitedwaycc.org/volunteer to check out more than 300 other volunteer options from local nonprofits, schools and public partners or call United Way at 860-1677.

CRAZY RACE

People Helping People Global needs volunteers for their 5th Annual Brain Freezer 5K event on July 9 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Over 300 racers run 1.5 miles, stop to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and then finish the final 1.5 miles! Volunteers hand out ice cream, take photos, direct traffic, set up and break down tents and tables, and mark the course the evening before. Contact Alex Tuck at 318-4488 or email alex@phpgmicrolending.org.

WAKE UP TO DYING [Read more…]

Library Notes

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for more information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us

Youth News

Take the Summer Reading Challenge [Read more…]