Archive - Oct 2010
Local school board members and school officials are in the midst of finding out just how tough it is to cut 2 percent out of the budget. For the UD-3 board, which oversees the Middlebury Union Middle School and High School, that 2 percent amounts to $341,565 out of a $15,445,919 budget. But, as UD-3 Supt. Lee Sease said, the cuts really amount to closer to 4 percent because of the added cost of inflation.
That $341,565 reduction in expenses, therefore, becomes $661,000 — and that’s not small change.
MIDDLEBURY — When Bill McKibben and his 350.org team planned the 10/10/10 global work party/rally, they envisioned many smaller events cropping up in communities all over the world in place of the gigantic gathering of 2009.
But on Sunday, those small, sustainability-themed events really added up, said the Ripton resident and chief organizer.
Vermont’s Progressive Party may not be able to maintain its major party status for the 2011-12 biennium. State election law defines a “major political party” as one that has a local committee in at least 15 towns or cities, and has received at least 5 percent of the vote for one of the six statewide offices.
Major parties are allowed to nominate their candidates through primary elections. Several media organizations, such as Vermont Public Radio, also use major party status as the criterion for deciding which candidates to invite to participate in broadcast debates.
MIDDLEBURY — Sas Carey is still recovering from her summer vacation. To be fair, her summer travels were a bit more intense than most — the Middlebury resident spent July and August in Omnogovi, the South Gobi province of Mongolia, organizing a medical boot camp for doctors from the 16 hospitals within the province.
Almost every day at Middlebury College, I receive an influx of e-mails announcing the latest environmental initiatives and encouraging students to make their voices heard.
Last weekend, climate change activism took the global stage by storm with the 10/10/10 Global Work Party organized by 350.org. The group inspired a groundbreaking 7,347 events across 188 countries. With such broad-based support, the case for change seems fairly clear: People are demanding a global transition towards a clean energy economy.
Periodically, I remember it’s important to explain how we map out our sports coverage here.
For one thing, while some readers stick through thick and thin, a percentage of our sports section readership naturally turns over every few years as their daughters and sons move up onto the local high school varsity teams and then graduate. It’s part of the whole circle of life thing. An occasional refresher course is therefore a good idea.
I’m 48 and I’m not quite ready to graduate from high school.
No, I’m not a perennial flunk-out artist, nor am I an old-timer seeking to complete an education suspended years ago.
Rather, I am a parent of a high school senior — the last in our household — scheduled to earn his diploma next spring. The stark reality of that momentous occasion just dawned on me this month, and I selfishly wish graduation day weren’t so imminent.
MIDDLEBURY — After being held scoreless in Saturday’s first half, visiting Amherst put 38 points on the board in the second session on its way to a 38-31 victory over the Middlebury College football team. The Jeffs (3-0) have now won 11 straight games after a perfect 8-0 mark a year ago, while the Panthers fell to 1-2.