July 21st, 2014
Benson — As I enter the pit at Devil’s Bowl Speedway last Friday, security guards wave pickup trucks pulling trailers through the gates as the stands begin to fill with spectators.
In the few hours leading up to the start, the pit has a palpable tension. Drivers and crew prowl the pit with urgency, faces shaded by baseball caps, gripping tools or cans of soda. Tires are inflated. Engines are primed, ready to go.
BURLINGTON — Host Burlington outpaced the Vergennes Champs, 294-183, on Thursday as the Champlain Valley Swim League regular season wrapped up.
The Champs will join the rest of the CVSL teams on Friday and Saturday at the Middlebury town pool for the CVSL championship meet.
Vs. BCC this past Thursday, Noah Konczal paced Vergennes with three wins in under-8 boys’ races, while Jeffrey Stearns prevailed in two U-12 boys’ events.
ST. ALBANS — The Middlebury Panthers concluded their Champlain Valley Swim League regular season on Thursday by outpacing host St. Albans, 245-210. Middlebury finished the campaign with a 3-4 mark.
Next up for the Panthers will be hosting their CVSL competitors in the Middlebury town pool on Friday and Saturday in the league’s championship meet.
The following weekend brings the Vermont summer championship meet, which will be held at Hartford’s Upper Valley Aquatic Center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3.
Editor’s note: This guest editorial was written by my sister, who is editor of the Iola Register in Iola, Kansas. It was written in late May. We reprint it because the message is timeless, and because it as pertinent today as it was two months ago, and as it will be for years to come. - Angelo Lynn
The first cue that a problem exists is denial.
That’s why someone attending Alcoholics Anonymous begins with, “Hi, I’m Susan, and I’m an alcoholic.”
There is a three-way race for two seats for state representative in the Democratic primary in Middlebury this year. I would like to urge voters to choose Amy Sheldon and Betty Nuovo for these seats on Aug. 26.
This week’s writers are State Sens. Kevin Mullin and Peg Flory, both of whom are Republicans representing Rutland County.
The Vermont way is for neighbors to help neighbors and communities to come together to solve challenges. Energy infrastructure, like natural gas service, is one of the most important areas for Vermonters to collaborate.
BRISTOL — Bristol police recently issued a log recounting the large number of incidents with which they dealt during the month of May — some of great importance, others routine police work.
The Independent already published part of that log. Also during that month, Bristol police:
• On May 24 at 2:44 p.m. received a wallet found by a citizen in the park. Police located the owner and returned the wallet.
MIDDLEBURY — As newly appointed interim president, Dan Smith has set progressive goals over the next year to help Vermont Technical College better establish its niche in higher education, while attracting a higher number of applicants.
The goals are readily attainable, Smith said, because the college has proven itself as a wise investment for the state and its students, noting that 87 percent of its graduates either get a job in a related field or go on to further their education.