May 23rd, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vermont lawmakers are taking a lead in drafting a new Farm Bill in Washington. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, both Democrats, have pledged to make the passage of the critical agricultural bill a priority, particularly after dairy farms in the state were dealt heavy blows last year due to weather and market fluctuations.
NEW HAVEN — Voters in New Haven on Tuesday remedied an error in the town’s General Fund budget by approving, in Australian ballot voting, a supplemental spending increase of $218,997, which will be used to pay off owed school taxes to the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.
There were 202 ballots cast; the supplemental budget increase passed 136-66.
MIDDLEBURY — Yinglei Zhang has earned her well-earned artistic reputation by using a thin brush to deftly place ink and watercolor strokes on delicate rice paper.
But her latest canvas weighs in at several hundred pounds and will require some burly football players to move it from her studio when it is ready.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite some solid efforts on Tuesday by members of the Mount Abraham and host Middlebury Union High School track and field teams, Harwood took wins in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions in a three-way meet at the Middlebury College track.
The boys’ competition was close: The Highlanders edged the Tigers, 87.5-81.5, with Mount Abe (17) in third.
On the girls’ side, the scoring ran Harwood (92), Middlebury (52) and Mount Abe (32).
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team got a last-second goal from senior attacker Christian Higgins on Monday to cap a rally from a 6-3 second-half deficit and give the Tigers an 8-7 victory over rival Woodstock.
The win also moved MUHS to 8-3 heading into a game scheduled for Wednesday against 8-3 South Burlington as the Tigers battle for a top-four seed in Division I.
FERRISBURGH — Like many teachers, Ferrisburgh Central School’s Alana Lilly grew up with a strong educational role model in her family: Her mother, the late Ferrisburgh resident Dorothy Tracy, taught for 34 years.
Lilly, 52, who in June will step down from her FCS teaching job after 30 years, said she started following her mother’s path early on.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5/20 MUHS vs. Woodstock .................... 8-7
5/21 Milton vs. VUHS ........................... 12-2
5/21 Lamoille vs. Mt. Abe...................... 18-3
5/21 MUHS vs. Essex............................ 11-6
I arrived at the New Haven River at 7 p.m. Thankfully, though the water was still running clear, the light rain of the previous few days had the water up a bit from the unseasonably low level of early May. The sky was overcast, but the weather was holding. Conditions looked promising all around. Furthermore, the forecast was for steady rain the next few days, including scattered thunderstorms, so I expected this evening to be the pick of the week.