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October 30th, 2014
BRANDON — Kyle Pinkham could be your son, your nephew, your grandson, or your brother. A 2006 Otter Valley graduate, he was a good-looking, popular student-athlete who kicked the winning field goal to help the OV football team clinch the 2005 Division IV State Championship.
BRISTOL/MIDDLEBURY — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team will play for its first-ever Division II championship on Saturday after an overtime semifinal win on Wednesday afternoon, but the Middlebury Union field hockey team could not on Wednesday evening upset undefeated No. 1 D-I seed Essex.
BRISTOL — It was decades in the making, but Bristol finally has a new bridge on Route 116.
A cadre of local officials and legislators joined state Transportation Secretary Brian Searles Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the center of the new span, which crosses the New Haven River on Route 116 between River and Carlstrom roads.
When voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 4, the role they should assume is that of the boss making new hires. The voters’ job is to sort through the various applications, review their records and accomplishments, and hire the best candidates for their respective positions. This is not a popularity contest, but rather a nuts-and-bolts analysis of which candidate will best serve in the elected position.
With that in mind, we offer the following endorsements and comments on the upcoming election:
Here are some things to look for as Vermont election results are reported next Tuesday night.
Turnout. Off-year turnout in Vermont typically runs between 55 and 60 percent of the registered voters. This year’s turnout is likely to be between 45 and 50 percent, about 10 percent lower than normal.
I want to apologize to Valerie Mullin and to the voters of Addison County. I wrongly said that Valerie did not demonstrate Vermont values by having her personal political lawn signs at the most recent youth soccer event at Mount Abe. I’ve been informed that her level of donation to the youth sports program allowed her to put up her signs at the event. I did not check the facts before writing my letter and for that I apologize to all.
In weighing many factors I believe Fred Baser is the most outstanding candidate for a House seat in my district. Fred is certainly someone people can trust to work hard. His character is top notch and his public service experience is extensive.