September 24th, 2014
World leaders are meeting at the U.N. this week, in the wake of Sunday’s historic People’s Climate March — which filled the streets of Manhattan with more than 400,000 people calling for action to curb climate change.
U.N. conference rooms will be filled with ponderous discussions, hard negotiations and perhaps a bit of progress toward a new global treaty to fight what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”
This week’s writer is Andy Kirkaldy, an Independent reporter who has covered education in the Vergennes area for two decades.
A major shift in the way Vermont schools must deliver education is looming, and there is a way for Vermonters to help our schools adapt — by supporting a single Vergennes teacher with 30 seconds of their time.
BRISTOL — On a virtually ideal Tuesday afternoon for running at Mount Abraham Union High School — 60 degrees, windless and mostly cloudy — the Middlebury boys’ cross country team took second and the Eagle girls were third to highlight the Eagles’ only home meet of the fall.
Tiger junior Christopher Garner finished fifth in the seven-team boys’ race for the top finish among local runners, while Eagle senior Chris Carter (eighth) and MUHS junior Nikhil Plouffe also cracked the top 10.
MIDDLEBURY — Another big win this past Friday night has put the defending champion Middlebury Union High School football team firmly in the driver’s seat for a top seed, if not the top seed, for this year’s Division I playoffs.
Word is that our basketball-playing President Obama has fallen in love with golf.
He tries to get out on the golf course once a week. He says that playing golf makes him feel “almost normal; ... it’s the only time I’m outside.”
His critics find this diversion unseemly, charging that he is fiddling while Rome burns. The Tea Party site Obamagolfcounter.com tracks how many rounds he has played while in office. At last view, it registered 192.
MANCHESTER — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team blanked host Burr & Burton on Tuesday, 2-0, to improve to 6-1.
OV pitched its fourth straight shutout and won its sixth straight game to set up a Friday matchup at undefeated Division III power Bellows Falls. As of Tuesday, OV was third in D-II behind Rice (6-1) and U-32 (5-1) in the Vermont Principals’ Association quality-point standings.
ADDISON COUNTY — A key victory by the Middlebury girls on Monday highlighted local high school soccer action earlier this week. In other action, all on Tuesday, the Mount Abraham boys settled for a tie, Vergennes lost another one-goal game, and Middlebury dropped a game to a top Division I team.
MIDDLEBURY — Undefeated Bowdoin edged the host Middlebury College women’s soccer team on Saturday, 2-1, as the defending NESCAC champion Panthers dropped to 3-3 overall, 0-3 in league play. The Panthers return to action on Saturday at Colby.
The Panthers had first-half chances by Jamie Soroka, Claire Nishioka and Krystina Reynolds, all set up by Hannah Robinson, but could not convert as the first 45 minutes remained scoreless.