May 22nd, 2014
ADDISON — A newcomer to statewide politics announced on Monday he would seek one of the two Addison-3 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, but the novice candidate is no stranger to public service in his hometown of Addison or the greater Vergennes community.
John Spencer, 66, a Democrat, now leads two panels in his native town, the Addison Development Review Board and the Addison Town Hall Restoration Committee.
BRANDON — A choice of one is not a choice. That was the message to the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Executive Board from the community on Monday evening after a forum introducing the candidates for superintendent. In the end, the public urged the board to re-post the superintendent position, but for now, the board will continue the process it began.
LINCOLN — What started as a way to help seniors find affordable housing has, over a quarter-century, turned into one of Lincoln’s most popular annual events.
When Lincoln hosts its annual Town Wide Yard Sale this Saturday it will mark the affair’s 25th anniversary.
In state political news, the biggest announcement of the week was Bruce Lisman reporting that he would not be running for governor against Democrat incumbent Peter Shumlin. That seemingly gives Shumlin clear sailing for another two-year term. Considering the controversial issues at stake — paying for health care reform, restructuring school governance and getting school spending under control, and keeping a lid on state taxes, to name a few — it’s surprising that a strong opponent hasn’t yet emerged.
BRISTOL — No one was injured when a bus carrying the Mount Abraham Union High School track and field team started on fire while taking the youngsters to a meet in Winooski this afternoon.
The Eagles were in Hinesburg when, coach Chris Nezin told the Burlington Free Press, smoke was observed coming from the engine area. The vehicle coasted to a stop and the occupants evacuated through the back door and scrambled a few hundred yards away.
BRANDON — Brandon artists will fling open their doors and welcome visitors during Open Studio Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Brandon Artists Guild is the starting point for maps and directions for discovering the Brandon arts scene. Brandon is a classic Vermont town with great architecture, shops and restaurants.
BRISTOL — The Rice baseball team came to Mount Abraham Union High School on Tuesday as the winner of four straight, while the Eagles entered the game on a three-game slide, including allowing Otter Valley to rally for a win on the previous Friday.
Unfortunately for Coach Jeff Stetson’s squad, those trends did not reverse on Tuesday — Rice pounded out 16 hits off four pitchers, scored 12 runs in the first two innings, and improved to 8-3 with a 19-3, six-inning victory.
CLAREMONT, Calif. — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team won its NCAA Division III quarterfinal match on Monday, but on Tuesday lost an NCAA semifinal to top-ranked tournament host, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Middlebury was making its first appearance in the semifinal round since 2010.