April 28th, 2016
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
As the Vermont Legislature moves toward adjournment, several bills won’t make the deadline and will die half-baked in their development. One such bill, H.867. dealt with how to define an independent contractor. It was controversial because it was characterized as pitting pro-labor forces against pro-business forces, and that pits liberals against conservatives right from the get-go.
Editor’s note: The writer addressed this to Dr. Stephen Hawking and cc’d the Independent.
Dear Dr. Hawking,
Thank you for your inspirational, indomitable willpower. I believe it demonstrates the true purpose of humanity is to honor the universe with a sense of wonder. Realization is the Breath of Existence. It helps us accumulate Time, understanding that WE are part of the dark matter that inflates the universe, and can enjoy the potential you have mastered.
Over the past 10 years, Vermont’s suicide death rates have averaged 30 percent higher than the U.S. rates. It is the second leading cause of death of all Vermonters age 14-35 and the third leading cause for ages 35-44 and in the top 10 for all Vermonters.
Though many might consider violets a noxious weed that is as hard to eradicate from their lawns as dandelions, I am among those who love their various shades of purple as well as white flowers and heart-shaped leaves that pop up bravely and hopefully in early spring.
Their roots are not delicate, one friend reminds me, as they curl around the roots and overtake other plants in the garden. They’re bullies. I even love that about them — they remind us that they were there before woods became lawns.