September 26, 2016

Vt. seniors at high risk for hunger

Observer staff

A report released recently by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Service shows that 42.2 million Americans lived in households struggling with food insecurity in 2015. [Read more…]

Cheap cellphone plans for seldom-calling seniors

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What are the cheapest cellphone options available to seniors today who only want one for emergency purposes or occasional calls? I have a cellphone now that costs me $30 per month, but I hate paying for something I hardly ever use.

Infrequent Caller [Read more…]

What’s Cooking?

By Lucy McCullough

That’s crazy!

I was a bit skeptical when I heard about a cake recipe you can make in one bowl that does not include eggs. You just mix the dry ingredients, make three holes and add the vinegar, oil and vanilla. Pour water over, stir and bake. That’s it! [Read more…]

A different way to milk a cow

Eva Harton (5) feeds a calf during the "Pick for Your Neighbor" weekend at the Adams' Orchard and Farm Market in Williston last weekend.

Eva Harton (5) feeds a calf during the “Pick for Your Neighbor” weekend at the Adams’ Orchard and Farm Market in Williston last weekend.

Milfoil boats were just the start, Association says

Photo by Jess Wisloski The Lake Iroquois Association introduced the long-awaited boat washing station on Labor Day, which helps boaters clean off their vessels and prevent the further spread of Eurasian watermilfoil in Iroquois and other nearby lakes.

Photo by Jess Wisloski
The Lake Iroquois Association introduced the long-awaited boat washing station on Labor Day, which helps boaters clean off their vessels and prevent the further spread of Eurasian watermilfoil in Iroquois and other nearby lakes.

By Jess Wisloski

Observer staff

Champions of Lake Iroquois, be they anglers, lake dwellers or just nature lovers, gathered last week to discuss the progress made in recent weeks in the ongoing battle against Eurasian watermilfoil. [Read more…]

Recreation and Parks

Pickleball: an introduction

Have you heard of Pickleball? Do you wonder what it was all about? If so, come learn the rules and how to play this new and unique sport in this two-hour introductory workshop. The workshop will provide you with the warm-up suggestions, a variety of drills and actual playing time. Resources will be provided for additional programs and playing opportunities. Instructor: Corey Gottfried. Ages 12+, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. $25 per person.

Woof! What is That Dog Saying? [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

The Minter record vs. the Scott record

Sue Minter said that she will “support Vermont families and businesses” as Governor. However, her record suggests otherwise. [Read more…]

Guest Column: Driver restoration is a road to opportunity

By Christopher J. Curtis

Special to the Observer

A year and a half ago, more than a thousand Vermonters turned out on a chilly March day in Burlington to get square with the law, pay their traffic fines at reduced rates and get back on the road safely, legally and affordably. A bright tapestry of Vermonters from all walks of life waited patiently for a second chance to reinstate their driver’s licenses. People came from five counties – one all the way from West Virginia – for “Driver Restoration Day,” a project initiated by Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan. [Read more…]