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April 30th, 2015
May is Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate the hundreds of foster and kinship foster families in Vermont who provide safe, nurturing homes for children while they can’t be at home. It is with deep appreciation that the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families thanks them for their generosity, caring and willingness to “answer the call,” no matter when it comes.
We are in the final weeks of the Legislative session. I fear if we need to extend the session it will be the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee’s doing, as the 150-page Senate bill (S.138) that we received in our committee a few weeks ago has just left our committee with many changes and additions.
As directors of Vergennes Union High School, we write to urge the voters of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham to vote in support of the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget. We believe the proposed budget delivers value to our community in the following ways:
ADDISON COUNTY — Local teams came up short in high school baseball action earlier this week, and Middlebury suffered a costly and apparently season-ending injury.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that this is my final column for the Independent, as I will be joining the Free Press next week, where I will cover Burlington and city hall.
It was not an easy decision to make, but it was also too difficult to pass up and I look forward to the next step in my career. As I told my colleagues last week, I know I will likely never work in such a supportive environment with colleagues dedicated to helping me hone my skills. Nor one with Crock Pot Fridays.
The passion that drives the renewable energy movement can be, ironically, its own worst enemy.
A few years ago champions of wind energy found themselves in a heated battle with the citizens and towns in the Northeast Kingdom. Wind advocates, so sure of their pure intent, failed to understand the aesthetic damage and the community opposition. After two projects were built, the opposition against more projects was so great that Gov. James Douglas withdrew his support and wind development flat-lined.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School softball team’s offense showed promising signs of life on Tuesday, but visiting Colchester rapped 19 hits off two Commodore hurlers and took advantage of four VUHS fielding miscues on the way to a 16-6 win.
The Commodores closed a 10-2 deficit to 10-6 with a four-run fourth, but the 2-1 Lakers tacked on three runs in each of the next two innings to salt the win away.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team on this past Saturday held off visiting Williams, 14-13, in a NESCAC quarterfinal.
In the semifinal round this coming Saturday in Amherst, Mass., Middlebury (12-4), the third seed, will meet second-seeded and defending NESCAC and NCAA Division III champion Tufts (14-2) at 3 p.m. Top-seeded Amherst (15-1) will battle fifth-seeded Bates (10-4) at noon, and the winners will meet on Sunday.