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February 19th, 2015
I saw the editorial about potentially changing the ID-4 budget process. I am glad that petitioners are looking to raise awareness of our local school budget, such a great topic.! I wish to share other thoughts that come to mind since they were not covered by the paper.
I attended the last ID-4 meeting and witnessed a very thoughtful board wrestling with a complicated question. They have done their homework on their current charter and certainly welcome more participation in their budget voting and process.
It is way past the time when Gov. Shumlin should have caught up with a fast growing segment of the public, which realizes now that the so-called Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project has been a “pipe dream” all along. This pipeline never made sense.
Consider how it might work if a legislative proposal to create a single school board per school district were approved this session. The measure, for example, would phase out the seven elementary school boards in the Addison Central Supervisory Union, the UD-3 board (representing the Middlebury Union Middle School and the Middlebury Union High School), and the supervisory union board. In their place, one district board would represent that seven-town constituency with one combined budget.
BRISTOL — A big lift from the bench helped the No. 2 Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team get past scrappy visiting No. 17 Hartford on Tuesday, 31-24, in a first-round Division II playoff game.
Freshman forward Emma Carter scored six of her game-high 13 points in the final 1:57 of the second quarter to help erase a Hurricane lead and forge a 16-16 halftime tie.
Also on the floor during that stretch and during the entire second half, during which the Eagles allowed just eight points, was junior guard Dani Forand, usually a reserve.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College ski team rode strong second-day performances by its men’s and women’s alpine skiers to finish third at its own 92nd annual winter carnival this past weekend, the squad’s best finish of this winter’s season.
The Panther ski teams will next compete at the St. Lawrence Carnival on Feb. 27 and 28. That carnival will double as the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association championships this season.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action earlier this week, Vergennes lost and Otter Valley won in what has become a two-team duel for the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds in Division II, while Middlebury kept up its winning ways by knocking off Mount Abraham.
The teams will play their final regular season games late this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning.
I hesitate to use superlatives in writing, especially when describing any sort of sporting activity or weather phenomena. We live in an age of hyper-sensationalism when blizzards are given names and every other snowstorm is hyped up to be the storm of the decade (or century), when any athlete who makes a decent play is called a “hero,” and when a football that loses a bit of air pressure due to a drop in temperature gets national media attention for a week and prompts calls for public executions.
ORLEANS — No. 1 Lake Region ousted the No. 16 Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team from the Division II playoffs on Tuesday, 51-28.
The 19-2 Rangers used a big second quarter to take a 28-12 lead at the half. The Otters made a run early in the second half and cut the lead to 10 at 30-20, but could come no closer.
Senior guard Laura Beth Roberts scored 13 to lead OV, and junior forward Amy Jones added six.