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June 20th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — A year after playing in the Vermont American Legion championship final and falling just short, the Addison County American Legion team in 2015 saw many players age out of the program, resulting in a young roster particularly short in the pitching rotation.
AC went from a penthouse suite to a basement studio apartment, winning just once and forfeiting a couple late-season contests simply because Coach Mike Estey’s team didn’t have anybody to put on the mound.
STARKSBORO — Team USA from the Vergennes Area Youth League defeated Starksboro, 15-2, on June 13, in the championship game of the Mount Abraham District Little League softball tournament, played at Cota Field in Starksboro.
Team USA avenged two earlier losses to Starksboro with the win and finished the spring with a 10-3 record.
Team USA Coach Travis Scribner, who was assisted by Eric Bresnick and Jim Gernander, said despite the earlier setbacks the members of Team USA went into the final feeling confident.
Fifty-one State Department officials have just signed an internal memo protesting U.S. policy in Syria, calling for targeted U.S. military strikes against the regime of Bashar al Assad and urging regime change as the only way to defeat ISIS.
In recent weeks I have been asked to run for state Legislature, and after initially rejecting the idea, I have reconsidered. Our citizen Legislature needs balanced, thoughtful and open-minded members, and I believe that I can be a voice in this direction.
I hope the letter from Anna Rose Benson, the Ilsley Library’s gardener, re what to plant around the new municipal building will be seen by the right people. She clearly knows what she is talking about with reference to what seem to be the wrong trees planned for this and attention should be paid to her opinion.
The library garden is absolutely lovely — it’s always the first place a few spring flowers show up at the end of winter — and she should be listened to.
This week’s writer is Steve Terry, a former Vermont newspaper editor and a retired business executive living in Middlebury.
I have been reading the various media summaries of the just completed legislative session in Montpelier.
Vermonters might be left with the impression that it was a relatively quiet, non-eventful four and half months, and a one-day veto session that ended June 9.
When I came to office in January 2011, I pledged to work every day to help make Vermont a more economically secure place to live, work, and raise a family. Back in 2011 our state still faced serious headwinds from the Great Recession. Vermont had lost nearly 10,000 jobs in the previous three years. Our state’sGeneral Fund revenues had fallen by nearly 15 percent and we faced a $176 million budget gap. And Vermonters were seeing their incomes grow more slowly than other Americans.
ORWELL — Orwell residents will return to the polls this Tuesday, June 21, to decide whether their town should join five Rutland County communities in forming a unified Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD).