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Boy am I glad I am not a selectboard member in Cornwall right now.
Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. To recap the situation, in a nutshell, Vermont Gas/Gaz Métro proposed a high-pressure fracked gas pipeline through Cornwall and Shoreham and under the lake to reach its potentially most lucrative customer ever, and the majority of voters in Cornwall and Shoreham (at their respective town meetings last year), told VGS to go pound salt.
It might be a good idea to reconsider the speed trap at the Lake Champlain bridge. Not only is it a poor welcome to Vermont, but it does not reflect the warmth or spirit of its residents and businesses.
Although the sheriff may be pleased with stopping dozens of people in one day the week before Christmas, revenue collected through fines means less money is spent at local businesses. Any plans for Christmas shopping in Vergennes or for stopping at The Bridge Restaurant change immediately once a ticket with a hefty fine has been issued.
MIDDLEBURY — The young Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team showed on Monday both why the Tigers can be a force to be reckoned with after moving up to Division I, and that they are still learning on the job.
In the first round of the Tigers’ Buster Brush Holiday Classic, they dominated the flow of the game vs. visiting Spaulding (3-2) and outshot the Tide, 35-19.
This week’s writer is Jack Hoffman, a policy analyst for Public Assets Institute (www.publicassets.org), a non-partisan, nonprofit organization based in Montpelier.
Exhibit A among current critics of Vermont’s education funding system is some version of a chart showing annual education expenditures going up over time and school enrollment going down. Why are we spending more and more money to educate fewer and fewer kids?
It’s wise to carefully consider how energy projects impact the land, air and water. Our lives and economy depend on a clean environment. Likewise, the health of our society depends on living cooperatively, respecting each other and creating local solutions to local challenges. Surrendering to corporate pressure and outsourcing our energy needs is detrimental to our democratic process and to the expansion of our local energy economy.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting New York power Lake Placid Central on Monday defeated the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team, 4-0, in the Tigers’ Buster Brush Holiday Classic, but Coach Derek Bartlett was not unhappy with the Tigers’ effort.
Bartlett said playing teams like Lake Placid will help his 1-2-2 squad down the road.
RIPTON — More than 400 skiers took part in races on the first day of the two-day New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern Cup Opener at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton just before Christmas, and that many again competed the following day.
Indeed, the event not only drew large numbers of people to the area, but the racing was of a high caliber.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Division I power Champlain Valley defeated the Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team on Dec. 23, 122.8-106.75.
Redhawk gymnast Emma Lieberman won all four disciplines and the all-around, although Tiger Ida Mae Danforth made it close in the vault, where Lieberman scored 8.35 and Danforth was awarded an 8.3.