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May 6th, 2015
In a recent letter to the editor, Orwell resident Paul Stone argued the Senate and House education bills were mainly aimed at two goals: closing small schools and getting rid of school boards to put more power in the hands of bureaucrats, not citizens. That is a pretty cynical view.
Let’s be realistic. Small schools are already closing due to declining enrollment and high costs, and the enlightened trend among school boards is to do more governing, and less managing, as it should be.
Robert Kennedy Jr. continued his nationwide anti-vaccine tour with a stopover in Vermont this Tuesday, spreading his campaign of misinformation and misguided claims that the Centers for Disease Control was corrupt and in the hip pocket of “big pharma.” A Vermont-based anti-vaccine group sponsored Kennedy’s visit to Montpelier, paying for his flight and expenses in a last-minute effort to dissuade the Legislature from cutting out the philosophical exemption that currently allows parents to avoid school-mandated vaccinations when children enter kindergarten.
MIDDLEBURY — After surviving four losses in a recent eight-day stretch against some of Vermont’s top Division I programs, the Vergennes Union High School baseball team bounced back on Tuesday with an 8-3 victory at Middlebury, one that extended the Tigers’ own early-season hardship.
The 2-4 Commodores got a tidy five-hitter from sophomore Hunter O’Connor, who settled down after a rocky first inning and struck out seven. VUHS also got some timely hits to take advantage of 10 walks issued by two Tiger hurlers.
MIDDLEBURY — Two course records were set at the seventh annual Middlebury Maple Run this past Sunday as the 700-plus runners complete the 13.1-mile course under sunny skies, a brisk south wind, and temperatures that started in the mid-50s and rose to the mid-70s by midday. While the temperatures were ideal, the brisk headwinds from the south presented some challenge to runners along the exposed Sheep Farm Road in Weybridge and along South Street for miles 9 through 11, before being a tailwind for the last two-miles of the race.
BURLINGTON — Athletes from the Division II Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high school track and field teams placed in events at the major Burlington Invitational this past Saturday. The event drew many competitors from Division I, II and III programs.
Enjoying the most success was Mount Abe freshman Lydia Pitts, who took second in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles and placed fourth in two other events.
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury defeated Vergennes for the first time in recent years to highlight local high school softball action earlier this week. In other games, Mount Abraham split a pair of games, and Otter Valley came up short at Fair Haven.
VUHS VS. MUHS
BRISTOL — Nine Mount Abraham Union High School track and field athletes won events at a three-team home meet on Monday, and four of them won multiple events as visiting Division I power Essex won the overall competition.
Freshman Lydia Pitts — fresh off placing in three events at the major Burlington Invitational two days before — led the way by sweeping all four of her events, two hurdling races, the 400-meter run, and the long jump.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school tennis action earlier this week, the Middlebury Union girls won to improve to 6-1, but the MUHS boys and Otter Valley girls came up short in bids to earn their second wins of the spring.
On Tuesday, the Tiger girls blanked host U-32, 7-0.
In individual matches:
• At No. 1 singles, Marvie Avery, M, defeated Signe Goddard, U-32, 6-1, 6-0.
• At No. 2 singles, Bree Cotroneo, M, defeated Nell Peterson, U-32, 6-0, 6-1.