May 10th, 2015
AMHERST, Mass. — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team won its opening round NCAA Division III tournament game on Wednesday, but was eliminated on Saturday by NESCAC rival Amherst. The 11th-ranked Panthers finished at 13-6 after reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years.
On Wednesday, the Panthers opened at home with a 17-8 first-round win over Montclair State (13-6). The Panthers led, 9-7, in the third quarter and then scored six straight goals to ice the win.
This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
In the Addison Independent’s Legislative Review last week (April 30, 2015), Rep. Fred Baser concluded with comments in opposition to a House bill mandating paid sick days for Vermont workers. I happen to know Fred Baser and have sat across from him in labor negotiations. I am of the opinion that he is intelligent, personable and fair-minded, but I think that he is wrong in opposing paid sick days for Vermont’s workers.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Kelly Boe Memorial Bike Ride on May 4. The glorious weather and many friendly faces brought much comfort to me and my daughters. There was such a community of folks riding for biking safety, to honor Kelly’s memory, to support my girls and me, and for various other reasons. Some participants were expert bikers; some had not ridden in years; and some of the riders had to borrow bikes. I saw many familiar faces from Addison and Chittenden counties. I rode in the middle of the pack surrounded by positive energy.
Legislation can be well intended, but misses the mark so far it actually makes things worse.
Such is the case with recent changes to H.40, the renewable energy bill that was passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee last Thursday on a 5-0 vote. At issue was language added to establish minimum setbacks and provide towns the right to impose appropriate screening standards.
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Addison County judiciary are warning that a dramatic surge in the number of juvenile cases is stretching court staff to the limit and in some cases deferring the legal process for adult defendants whose cases must, by state law, take a backseat to justice for young victims and defendants.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on Tuesday sent two VUHS budget articles down to defeat for the second time in 2015, one by a close margin and one by a landslide.
A $10.31 million proposal to fund the high school, and which cut $156,000 from the budget defeated on Town Meeting Day, lost 722-676 or 51.6-48.4 percent.
A second article, one that could have only taken effect if the first article had passed, would have added that $156,000 back into VUHS spending. It failed by 843-556, or 60-40 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Another scorching day in the West African Republic of Sierra Leone, where the air hangs heavy with humidity and death.
Another day of misery for the latest group of patients filing into the Lunsar Ebola Treatment Center.
For those flagged with the vicious disease, there’s a 60-percent chance they’ll leave the center in a body bag — especially if they’re children.