May 26, 2016

Pain in the back?

By George Cook

Special to the Observer

Everyone reading this has probably experienced back pain, especially low back pain, likely the most common ailment anywhere. In fact, you’ll find a large percentage of worker’s compensation claims stem from back issues.

Chronic pain or difficulty moving, standing, bending, walking and reaching are all common symptoms. Just this spring, my constant bending, squatting, lifting and picking up armfuls of firewood during sugaring season initiated chronic low back pain.

Hmm…sure some of it may be from getting older, but we’ve all been there, no matter our age. [Read more…]

Electronic tablets made for tech-challenged seniors

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email, but want to get one that’s super simple to use. What can you recommend?

—Shopping Around

Dear Shopping,

There are several different ways you can go about getting your mom a simplified tablet that’s easy for her to use. Depending on how much help she needs and how much you’re willing to spend, here are some different options to consider.

Simplify any tablet [Read more…]

What’s Cooking? Fun baking with the kids

By Lucy McCullough

I have many fond memories of baking cookies with my mother and sister when I was a child and again with my own children.

When children are very young they, do best with a quick and simple cookie recipe as their attention span is short. Peanut butter cookies are so easy and fun for kids, as they get to roll the dough with their hands and flatten and press with a fork in a crisscross pattern.

Peanut Butter Cookies [Read more…]

‘Outstanding Business’ award finalists announced

Observer staff

Three finalists have been selected for Vermont’s Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award, Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced last week.

Black River Produce, of North Springfield, South Burlington-based PC Construction Company and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group, based in Montpelier, have all been chosen as finalists for the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year. One of the three will be selected as the winner and announced at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in a ceremony on Thursday, May 26. [Read more…]

Property transfers

1496 Redmond Road

Burlington Transfer Station sold a commercial property to Casella Waste Management Inc. for $1,000,000 on April 1.

947 Oak Hill Road

Paul Roscoe and Julie Dale sold a single-family home to Nancy Abernathey for $980,000 on April 1.

Mountain View Road

Dorothy A. Ingalls Estate, Christopher Caswell Exec. sold miscellaneous property to Nguyen and Hong Le Nguyen for $68,000 on April 4. [Read more…]

HUB Happenings


Leonardo's is now distributing its pizza sauce to retail locations.

Leonardo’s is now distributing its pizza sauce to retail locations.

Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce is now distributing in retail locations throughout Vermont and nationwide, according to an April 21 release by the company. As one of the only dedicated pizza sauce companies, the Burlington and Portland, Maine-based pizza company is distributing 16-ounce jars of the sauce in four different flavors: original, asiago, garlic and chipotle. Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce is an offshoot of Leonardo’s Pizza, the company says, a second-generation, family-owned enterprise. [Read more…]

Global Foundries recognized for innovative environmental efforts

In a Montpelier award ceremony held last month, Global Foundries was lauded for reducing the chemical use and electricity spent in the process of making semi-conductor chips, as well as improving the overall electrical consumption of their Essex Junction operations.

Global Foundries won two of the four awards issued in the business category, and was the only Chittenden County company to win the award, which was given out on April 28.

According to the state, Global Foundries won for reducing chemical use in the semiconductor chip-making processes in such a way as to save $90,000 a year in chemicals, reducing the use of chemicals by 360 tons per year. The innovation also saves 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, saves 3.1 million gallons of water and eliminated 600 tons of waste per year. [Read more…]

Spotlight on the Arts

Observer courtesy photo 'Murder at Checkmate Manor' will be on stage at Mount Mansfield Union High School May 27 and 28.

Observer courtesy photo
‘Murder at Checkmate Manor’ will be on stage at Mount Mansfield Union High School May 27 and 28.

British Farce on stage at high school

Mount Mansfield Union High School students will perform a British farce, “Murder at Checkmate Manor” next weekend. It’s a play within a play, and everything that could possibly go wrong does — and then some. The school’s theater department promises it will be an “outrageous romp of non-stop laughs” at the MMU theater. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $4 for students and children, and can be purchased at the door. [Read more…]


Barbara Ann (Danyew) Spear

Barbara Ann (Danyew) Spear passed away Thursday, May 12 at The Converse Home in Burlington. at the age of 83.

She was born July 7, 1932 in Middlebury to Leonard and Hazel (Cummings) Danyew. Barbara graduated from Hinesburg High School in 1952 and on Feb. 24, 1953 she married Richard Spear of Shelburne.

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Recreation and Parks

Firecracker 5K Fun Run

The Annual Firecracker 5K Fun Run will be held Sat., July 3rd. Join Williston and the American Cancer Society as we partner to fight back against cancer and celebrate with pre-July 4 festivities. The run will begin at 6 p.m. at the Williston Community Park (by the restrooms), with registration opening at 5 p.m. After traversing the bike path, the run will end on the Town Green with a live band, and ice cream. Every runner will receive a complimentary race shirt. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Nordic Style event. All ages. Pre-register at Information: Matthew Goldweber at [Read more…]