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February 25th, 2015
In the interest of civil discourse, amenable conversation and cordial debate may I present Patrick Henry on the issue of liberty:
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. … The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
— Patrick Henry, in a speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778.
Just thinking — if Vermonters are so helpful and caring of their neighbors why do so many still drive too fast for conditions and/or tailgate?
And wouldn’t it be great if all the snow that people can’t find room for here in the Northeast could be loaded into waterproof vehicles and trucked to the areas of the Southwest that are suffering record drought?
This is both a personal and professional endorsement for Doug Bailey to be elected to the Brandon selectboard. Having dealt with Doug since the early 1980s at First Vermont Bank and been a friend of his for almost that long, I know very well the person who will represent us.
Dear Starksboro Community Members,
I am writing to ask you to consider supporting my candidacy for the Robinson Elementary School board. I am running for a seat on the Robinson board because I care deeply about the school and the children it serves, and because I believe I have something to contribute.
Susan Smiley, a long time resident of New Haven, is running the New Haven selectboard. This is a post to which Susan will bring an abundance of talent and experience. Susan and her husband farmed and gardened on the River Road for many years. Her knowledge of the town and its history is extensive. She is thoughtful and sensitive to the issues that concern residents; she is committed to finding solutions that will benefit New Haven now and into the future.
MIDDLEBURY — This winter, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team won 16 times, went undefeated in the Lake Division to earn the league title, and finished the regular season on a 10-game winning streak.
But in Tuesday’s first-round Division I playoff game, No. 12 Champlain Valley Union brought that run to a halt with a dominating performance, 70-45.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School cheerleading team on Saturday finished fourth in Division I out of nine teams and tied for sixth overall out of 16 D-I and D-III squads at the state championships, which were held in the VUHS gymnasium.
The Commodores, who had earlier won the Lake Division championship in a separate competition, scored 144 points, trailing only Rutland (196), Essex (181) and Poultney (163) in D-I.
STRAFFORD — Middlebury Union High School boys and girls combined for eight top-10 finishes at a six-team meet held on Saturday at the Strafford Nordic Center.
Team scores were not kept, but on a cold, windy day the Tiger boys dominated their 6-kilometer freestyle race by taking six top-10 finishes, including first-place by Sam Hodges.
Julia Rosenberg led the Tiger girls by taking second place behind winner Maria Magnan of BFA-St. Albans.
“There were lots of great performances,” said MUHS Coach Chas Lyons.