April 28th, 2016
BRISTOL — “What our players and what the Cuban players ... did in those six days did more for government relations between our two countries than has been done in the last 40 years by the governments,” Little League baseball coach Jim Carter said.
Carter, retired University of Vermont baseball coach and grandfather of Bristol 12-year-old Carter Monks, was referring to the trip that he, Monks and 10 other Vermont Little League baseball players made to Cuba last week.
MIDDLEBURY — With its strong finish at 2016 Vermont-NEA Scholars’ Bowl State Finals, the Scholars’ Bowl team from Middlebury Union High School proved itself worthy to play on a national stage. On April 30, the team will represent MUHS in Chicago in a national competition testing competitors’ knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, the social sciences, current events and more areas of study: the National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT).
CUENCA, Ecuador — When we set off on an extended trip to Ecuador a few weeks ago we had no idea that we would have a brush with the most serious natural disaster to take place in this South American country in at least 40 years.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department has will hold a Drug Take Back event this Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents of the five-town area — Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro — can drop off their unused or expired medications at the Bristol Police Department at 72 Munsill Ave. at BristolWorks so that they can be properly disposed of.
MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury will host its 2016 Tractor Safety Course May 3-19. The course is for youth ages 14-16 who plan to work in a farm setting, but organizers said people of any age would be welcome to take the course.
Led by Phillip Teer, classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. starting Tuesday, May 3, at the PAHCC North Campus at 372 Mainelli Road in Middlebury. The course ends with a driving test on Saturday, May 21, rain or shine.
The Democratic Party added superdelegates to its national conventions beginning in 1984. Superdelegates are elected and party officials who are part of state delegations to the conventions but are not pledged to a particular presidential candidate.
Superdelegates were intended to provide a dose of political realism to counteract what some Democratic leaders saw as the tendency of delegates elected by the party grassroots to support unsuccessful presidential candidates and presidents, such as George McGovern and Jimmy Carter.
Many thanks to the Bristol Fire Department, as well as the New Haven, Monkton and Lincoln fire departments for responding to our recent barn fire. We deeply appreciate the efforts of everyone involved.
Chris and Bonnie Burpee