November 5th, 2009
BRISTOL — At their Tuesday evening meeting, members of the Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors edged toward this winter’s discussion of the 2010-2011 school year budget.
The board at its Oct. 20 meeting charged the high school’s administration with keeping educational spending at the same level as last year — $11,160,648 — as a target for the coming year.
This week, the board looked over a long-range facilities plan prepared by Facilities Manager Reg Wedge, as well as a draft plan of the school’s technology spending for the next two years.
BRISTOL — Bristol selectmen on Monday set the date for a bond vote that could fund substantial repairs for Holley Hall.
The town will decide on Dec. 8 whether to authorize the use of up to $750,000 to make the building more handicap accessible, fix structural and wiring problems, and reorganize the basement town offices.
MIDDLEBURY — Two key plays late in Sunday’s NESCAC quarterfinal gave the No. 3 Middlebury College women’s soccer team a 1-0 overtime win over No. 6 Bowdoin and sent the Panthers on to this weekend’s league final four at Williams.
Leading scorer Annie Rowell headed home a Drew Smith serve in OT for the game-winner, a play made possible by goalie Lauryn Torch’s heady save in the final minute of regulation.
THETFORD — Middlebury Union High School sophomore Emily Anderson capped her successful Vermont fall cross-country season by winning the Division II girls’ individual championship on Saturday at Thetford Academy.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Principals’ Association confirmed on Monday that the Middlebury Union High School football team earned the No. 4 seed for the Division II playoffs, and the Tigers will visit No. 1 Colchester on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Tigers went 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the league in their first season in D-II after dropping down from D-I for the first time in decades. Colchester compiled a 9-0 season, 7-0 in D-II, a record that included a 28-6, season-opening home win over the Tigers.
Time flies like an arrow, Groucho Marx said, and fruit flies like a banana.
But seriously, folks: Where does the time go?
We often find ourselves asking that question, and no more frequently than this time of year — as the busy holiday season approaches and our New Year’s resolutions to have more free time fade like frost on a warming November morn.
Fifty years ago, when the futurists of the mid-20th century looked ahead to this age, they foresaw an America of people with delicious amounts of time on their hands.
During the first week of November, you’ll notice a difference between people who live in town and people who live in the country. Those of us out in the boonies invariably have a giant bowl of leftover Halloween candy on our counters, a harsh reminder that we can’t draw a good trick-or-treat crowd.
A friend was recently in town for a visit. He’d just returned from 20 months with the Peace Corps on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Before that he’d been a student at Middlebury College. And before that, he’d grown up in Kansas. Now the trees in St. Lucia don’t have a season for shedding leaves. College students are not required to do lawn care. And Kansas doesn’t have many trees — just prairies, yellow brick roads, and ’70s rock bands.