May 19th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — In a showdown between two of the top Vermont boys’ lacrosse teams, defending Division I Champlain Valley pulled away from host Middlebury in the late going on Saturday to earn a 12-8 victory at Middlebury College’s Alumni Stadium.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school tennis play late last week, the Middlebury Union High School girls team won a match, while the Tiger boys dropped a pair of contests.
On Wednesday, the Tiger girls blanked host North Country, 7-0, to improve to 8-4. Notable among the results was junior Marvie Avery’s win at No. 1, a result that pushed her record this spring to 10-0.
In individual matches:
ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school baseball play late last week, Otter Valley edged Mount Abraham, while Middlebury, Otter Valley and the Eagles all dropped other contests.
OV OVER MAU
The Otters dodged raindrops and the Eagles on Friday, scoring five times in the seventh inning to rally for a 7-5 victory.
ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school softball action late last week, Mount Abraham won on the road, Vergennes split a pair of road contests, and Middlebury dropped a home game.
Otter Valley saw rain wash away its only scheduled game, at Leland & Gray on Friday, with no makeup date immediately set.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/14 MUHS Girls vs. Burlington........... 11-10
5/15 Mt. Abe vs. OV Boys...................... 13-3
5/16 MUHS Boys vs. Spaulding............. 20-0
5/16 U-32 vs. VUHS Boys........................ 9-8
5/17 CVU vs. MUHS Boys...................... 12-8
Among the many issues tackled this legislative session, the outcome of several education initiatives was a mixed bag. To its credit the Legislature did expand access to universal pre-kindergarten education to all three- and four-year-olds at a modest cost as 80 percent of schools already had such programs. Combined with a $37 million federal grant to support early childhood education programs, the very youngest Vermonters now have a brighter future than ever before.
After attending the Public Service Board hearing in Shoreham (on Phase II of the proposed Vermont Gas pipeline), I came away with a different perspective than I went in with.
I know I’m not alone in breathing a huge sigh of relief that the vote for the new Middlebury town hall plan is over. Again. And I’m feeling very hopeful that we will move ahead now, as a community, to see these important projects through to completion with a spirit of openness and respect, as we have done before so many times.