March 26th, 2014
BRANDON — More than 250 high school students from all over Vermont will travel to Otter Valley Union High School this Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, for the 2014 Vermont State Drama Festival.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite losing five starters, two on defense, and the top three scorers from the team that went 18-3 and reached the NCAA Division III semifinals in 2013, the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team so far has not skipped a beat in 2014.
WINDSOR — Longtime Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball coach Connie LaRose was inducted into the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame on March 15 during the VBCA Annual North-South Senior All-Star Games held at Windsor High School.
On the same day, LaRose’s peers chose her as the Vermont Girls’ Division 2 Coach of the Year.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Vermont champion Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association Under-14 girls team reached the semifinals of the New England regional tournament this past weekend in Augusta, Maine, before bowing out.
The MAHA girls defeated a New Hampshire team, 7-2, on Friday and then a Rhode Island team, 6-0, on Saturday morning before falling to one of two Connecticut teams, the Ice Cats, 4-0, in their second Saturday game.
You may have noticed that I rarely cover the meatier topics in this column. Heaviosity just ain’t my bag, man. But sometimes we have to face the deep questions. Deeper than politics or religion or work or love. Sometimes we have to dig as deep as we can and get our hands dirty and really examine the self. The me. The I. The us. Who am I? This is a question that has been pondered through the ages. Aristotle, Plato, Lao Tzu, Nietzsche, Descartes, Spinoza, Rousseau and that guy I can’t ever remember … oh yeah, Kant, have all tackled it. But have they cracked it?
April 15 is just around the corner, and you know what that means: Time to hone your finest procrastination techniques.
Hey, it’s no coincidence that spring cleaning coincides with tax season. You start thinking about capital gains, non-qualified deductions, thresholds and exclusions, and what do you say to yourself? “Wow, when is the last time I washed and ironed all the curtains? I can’t possibly deal with my offshore exempt dividends until I’ve taken care of those.”
In October 2012 I was involved in an incident in Middlebury that led to the fatal shooting of a man by law enforcement officers. The man committed what has become known as “suicide by cop.” This involves provoking the police into a lethal response, either directly, as in the Middlebury case, by shooting at the responding officers, or indirectly by threatening or attacking the public. This phenomenon has become so prevalent that appropriate tactical responses are taught in the Vermont Police Academy.
One of the most promising aspects of Vermont’s political and educational landscape is the belief in community and civic engagement. For those coming to this state from elsewhere, it is a powerful realization to see such ardent participation in the health of our communities. It’s refreshing to see the public go beyond recrimination to take action and be part of finding solutions.