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November 20th, 2014
Let’s examine the revered role of criticism in our political dialogue.
First, let’s agree that progress is the universal goal and that we’re not in the business of governing to take society backwards. Second, let’s agree that there are multiple ways to achieve progress and as many ways to define it.
The focus, then, is how constructive criticism plays a role in helping create better decisions and outcomes.
FERRISBURGH — A Ferrisburgh man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a misdemeanor count of domestic assault, a charge stemming from an alleged Nov. 16 family fight near a home off Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.
The alleged victim reported the incident to Vermont State Police in the New Haven that day. She told authorities she was assaulted as a Nov. 15 party ended at which many of the participants had been drinking beer and liquor, according to court records.
ADDISON COUNTY — This fall saw solid results for the area’s union high school field hockey teams, with Middlebury and Otter Valley making state semifinals and Mount Abraham pushing OV to the limit in a Division II quarterfinal.
Chemistry, skill and hard work helped create success for the teams, as did a number of excellent individual efforts that are recognized here on the 2014 Addison Independent Field Hockey All-Star Team.
LEXINGTON, Va. — With this past weekend’s two convincing wins at home in an NCAA Division III Regional, the Middlebury College field hockey team earned a berth in this weekend’s final four at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where the Panthers will try to win the program’s first national championship since 1998.
I know, it’s football season and here we are basking in the glow of the Middlebury Tigers championship, and excellent seasons from the Middlebury College team and the Otters down the road at Otter Valley Union High.
Next week, we will cook a bird and overeat and collapse, many of us, in front of the TV to watch football. But as the temperature drops and winter beckons, I have baseball, the summer game, on my mind.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team opened its campaign by sweeping two games from visiting NESCAC foe Colby this past weekend, 2-0 on Sunday and 7-1 on Saturday. The Panthers, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III, do not play at home again until January. Next up are two games at Trinity this weekend.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team opened with a tie and a loss over the weekend in Maine, tying Colby on Sunday, 2-2, after falling to Bowdoin on Saturday, 6-0. The 0-1-1 Panthers will open at home this weekend with two more NESCAC games, vs. Tufts on Friday evening and vs. Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The young swimmers of the Middlebury Aquatic Club are off to a strong start, according to club officials, after a pair of meets in early November, one Nov. 2 at St. Michael’s College and one at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction on Nov. 7, 8 and 9.
Organizers said between the two meets several club swimmers have already qualified to swim in events at February’s New England Regional Championship Meet and the New England Silver Championships Meet.