January 19th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — The Otter Valley boys defeated visiting Mount Abraham to highlight local high school basketball play late last week.
In other action, the Middlebury boys, Vergennes girls and OV girls all came up short in a light schedule due to exams.
OTTER BOYS VS. EAGLES
In Brandon on Friday, OV’s John Winslow scored 20 points as OV coasted past the winless Eagles, 59-21. Emmett Thurston added 11 as the Otters improved to 8-2.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team defeated visiting Rice, 2-1, on Saturday, to hold onto first place in Division I with a 10-2 record. Northfield is in second at 10-2-1.
The Tigers face two tough home games this week: Fourth-place Burr & Burton, the team the Tigers edged in the 2014 D-II final, visits on Wednesday, and fifth-place St. Albans, a perennial D-I power, visits on Friday. Both games are set for 5 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/17 MUHS vs. Rice................................. 2-1
1/17 MUHS vs. Brattleboro............... 2-1 (OT)
1/16 OV vs. Mt. Abe............................. 59-21
Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state’s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.
A recent study from the Solar Foundation found that Vermont had more solar jobs per capita in 2013 than any other state. This is particularly impressive when you consider how the solar industry has thrived across the country, providing plenty of competition. The numbers for 2014 aren’t in yet, but based on what I’ve seen this year, Vermont will likely maintain its No. 1 spot in the rankings.
It was a privilege to be in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 14 among those speaking at the press conference in support of a new state Senate bill to require universal background checks on gun sales in Vermont. This highly focused legislation will extend to gun shows and online sales the same background check requirements already in place for licensed gun retailers.
This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Editor’s note: The following was submitted as an open letter to the Cornwall selectboard.
First I want to thank you for the hundreds of hours of work you have put in trying to deal with the proposed gas pipeline issue. All of this was imposed upon you by Vermont Gas, who with their limitless resources have used their ability to deprive you of so much of your personal life to try to wear you down to acquiescence to their proposed pipeline.