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April 27th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — In action on the area high school diamonds, the Mount Abe softball team won then suffered their first loss of the season, Otter Valley softball fell, then garnered their first win, Mount Abe baseball split a pair, Vergennes softball lost one, and the Vergennes and OV baseball teams each lost two.
Saturday’s Middlebury softball and baseball games at North Country were postponed.
ESSEX — Track and field teams from Middlebury and Vergennes union high schools faced some of the tougher teams in Vermont at the Essex Vacational Meet this past Wednesday. None of the local squad placed very high in the team scoring, but two Tigers claimed individual titles in the field events; and a quartet of Commodore seniors claimed second and third places in relay races, plus two of them scored in individual events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/23 OV vs. Randolph............................ 14-5
4/24 VUHS vs. Lamoille......................... 10-3
4/25 St. Johnsbury vs. OV....................... 9-4
4/25 VUHS vs. Randolph........................ 14-2
MIDDLEBURY — Approximately 800 runners, many traveling with family and friends, are expected in Middlebury the weekend of May 2-3 for the seventh edition of the Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half. The race is set for Sunday, May 3, at 9 a.m., with runners starting from and finishing at the Porter Hospital campus on South Street.
I have been closely following the events in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union — the failed budgets of some of our schools as well as the issues that have arisen around the leadership of Superintendent David Adams. I have attended many meetings of different boards over the past month as the community and employees of the district have sought to gain insight and clarity into the situation.
As a Vermont resident and a senior citizen, I am very concerned with the direction in which Gov. Shumlin is taking Vermont. After reading an article in the Addison Independent detailing his RESET (a complicated far-reaching energy program) objectives, I was appalled to learn that the House passed this legislation.
What is the mystery with the Bristol school budgets?
Both Bristol school budgets were voted down twice. The second time had the same budget amounts as the first time. The school boards are having trouble understanding why the second time failed. Hopefully for the next budget re-vote, the proposed budgets will be significantly lower.
Closing schools and getting rid of school boards. Make no mistake about it, the goal of H.361, passed by the Vermont House and now being considered by the Senate, is about closing elementary schools and getting rid of elementary school boards; about reducing citizen and parent participation in the education of their children; about removing those pesky and annoying things, citizens and parents, from the bureaucrat’s otherwise tranquil life; about giving over to the bureaucrats of the state more power, more control, more money.