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April 21st, 2011
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School baseball team already entered this spring with a young roster. And five key team members missed Tuesday’s season opener because of injuries, a vacation and an academic issue. And they were facing a visiting Winooski team with a 3-0 record.
In the end, none of that mattered.
At first blush, the fact that today’s railways operate under many of the out-dated privileges granted them during their hey-day in the 19th century is astonishing, if not outrageous. How can it be that archaic federal laws oblivious to today’s environmental concerns, land trusts, conservation districts and other individual concerns are allowed to so completely trump state, town and individual rights?
MIDDLEBURY — Some 75 administrators, teachers, foodservice workers and students gathered at Middlebury Union High School on April 5 to discuss the burgeoning movement that is bringing local foods into schools across the county.
The second annual Stone Soup Summit, put on by the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN), aimed to spread information, ideas and experiences on all angles of the farm-to-school effort — from composting to funding to incorporating local food education into the curriculum.
VERMONT — A bill currently making its way through the legislature would allow Rural Vermont to resume raw milk processing classes halted by the state in February.
Some call them uninvited guests, interlopers, opportunists, ne’er-do-wells, even weeds. Earnest gardeners work hard at banishing these trespassers from vegetable beds, pulling them in fall and spring, evicting them when they pop up during the summer.
MIDDLEBURY — Thanks to Middlebury voters’ recent approval of two, $3 million bond issues, area residents will see utility improvements, ditching and repaving on several local roads this spring and summer.
BRANDON — After a hard-fought, scoreless first-quarter on Friday, the visiting Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ lacrosse team began to earn the edge in play in the second quarter, and took a 3-1 halftime lead over Otter Valley.
In the second half, that edge became decisive as the Eagles bounced back from an 11-goal loss in their opener earlier last week to pull away for a 15-2 victory.
Eagle senior middie Myles McGowan said the sharper ball control the Eagles displayed as the game progressed bodes will for the rest of their season.
Many American independents voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because they thought he was the smartest Democrat available. They put him in office. Given what we were facing in the aftermath of the incredibly profligate and counterproductive Bush presidency, smarts were what were needed.
Many voters figured he was smart enough to successfully lead the Democrats against what was bound to be a single-minded, ruthless Republican onslaught intent on retaking power in Washington.