January 27th, 2014
House Bill 526 provides an object lesson in what’s wrong with the legislative mindset.
The bill, which was recently passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, seeks to regulate “lake shoreland protection standards.”
The intent of the legislation, like so many other bills, is all well and good. In short, the mission of the legislation is to ensure clean water in our public lakes. No one, literally, no one, is against that premise.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury recycling firm is drastically downsizing its operations and selling its building after months of sparring and a court battle with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Good Point Recycling’s president points to the ANR for some of the firm’s problems, alleging that agency official misrepresented to potential customers the cost of doing business with Good Point.
VERGENNES — Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game between Mount Abraham and the host Vergennes Union High School team looked fairly even on paper beforehand — the Eagles were 2-7 and coming off a strong effort, a stirring overtime win at Otter Valley, while the 3-7 Commodores on the previous Friday had slumped in an 18-point loss at Fair Haven.
Instead, the evening may have answered the question of what happens when one team puts its best foot forward, and the other does not: The Commodores opened the game on a 14-3 run on the way to a 66-32 victory.
ESSEX — Five local wrestlers earned top-six finishes at the Michael J. Baker Classic, hosted this past weekend by Essex High School.
Three Vergennes Union High School athletes reached the podium to help the Commodores finish 12th with 70 points: Kaegan Pearsall took second at 160 pounds, Brandon Cousino was fifth at 152, and Ethan Reardon placed fifth at 113.
Two Otters placed as Otter Valley Union High School took 18th with 32 points: Adam Sherwin took fifth at 220, and Tyson Cram finished sixth in the 120-pound class.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team did not rack up any first-place finishes in its home meet vs. U-32 on Saturday, but the Tigers’ depth translated into a one-sided victory over the Raiders, 109.1-72.3, in a matchup of teams that normally compete at the Division II level.
ADDISON COUNTY — All four local union high school girls’ basketball teams dropped games on Monday, including a road loss by Mount Abraham that cost the Eagles a chance to take over first place in Division II, while on Tuesday Otter Valley picked up a road win.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ basketball team on Tuesday snapped a five-game losing streak in a big way, leading wire-to-wire in a 56-32 win over visiting Green Mountain Union.
OV took a 7-0 lead on the way to a 10-6 advantage after one period, and then broke the game open in the second quarter to lead at the half, 29-10. The 5-5 Chieftains came no closer than 18 points in the second half.
John Winslow had 20 points and six rebounds for OV, freshman Kai Norwood scored 12, and Connor Gallipo added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/21 VUHS vs. Mt. Abe 66-32
1/21 MUHS vs. Milton 61-53
1/21 Green Mt. at OV 56-32
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