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This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
We recently released an estimate that property taxes used to pay for public school education will increase once again this year to pay for a projected increase in school spending. While this year’s projected property tax increase of around two cents is half of last year’s, it is hardly good news. We all know that rising property taxes to fund education have put an unsustainable burden on Vermonters.
ADDISON COUNTY — The final count of bucks weighed in Addison County during the 2014 rifle season ended up at a below-average total of 359, but weigh station operators all said the animals were mostly good-sized.
“A lot of nice deer were taken this year,” said Steve Ploof of East Middlebury’s C&S Hunting Supplies.
ADDISON COUNTY — Many local high school athletes earned statewide and league all-star recognition this fall for their efforts in girls’ soccer, field hockey and boys’ soccer.
Named to the Division II girls’ soccer all-state team were Mount Abraham’s Zoe Cassels-Brown, Ernesta McIntosh, Jesse McKean, Juniper Nardiello-Smith and Amy Nault, and Middlebury’s Claire Armstrong and Kelsey Smith. Smith was also named the Lake Division Defensive Player of the Year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team dropped a pair of games on home ice this past weekend during the annual PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout.
The 1-3-2 Panthers will look to bounce back this weekend when they host Amherst on Friday at 7 p.m. and Hamilton on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Concordia (Minn.) (5-3-2) defeated Norwich (7-0-1) in a shootout on Saturday evening to take home the Shootout trophy after the teams skated to a 2-2 tie in the final.
Also on Saturday, Plattsburgh defeated Middlebury in the consolation game, 4-2.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team won a pair of recent games to improve to 6-0 heading into Saturday’s 4 p.m. home game vs. Skidmore, the Panthers’ last before their holiday break.
On this past Sunday, the Panthers broke open a close game with a 7-0 second-half run on the way to a 87-78 win over visiting Rensselaer in the team’s home opener.
In honor of what still may still lurk from Thanksgiving in our refrigerators, some leftover sports thoughts:
• It remains a better question to ask how have the New England Patriots managed to have winning seasons every year since 2004, not why have they not won another Super Bowl. The Patriots have been the best team overall in the NFL in that time frame despite being upset in two Super Bowls.
VERGENNES — Late last week Vergennes police dealt with several incidents of drivers impaired by alcohol and/or either impaired by or possessing drugs.
VERMONT — On this past Sunday afternoon Vermont State Police were called to investigate a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 89 in South Burlington involving a Vergennes man.
Police said that on Nov. 30 at 2:58 p.m. a southbound pick-up truck and trailer driven by 21-year-old Casey Poquette of Vergennes lost its left rear tire, when the tire separated from the axle. The tire crossed the southbound lanes and median before striking a northbound vehicle operated by 60-year-old Lucy Gil of Laval, Quebec.