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May 21st, 2015
This week’s writer is Vignesh Ramachandran, a resident of Fremont, Calif., and a first year at Middlebury College. Ramachandran is a core organizer with Divest Middlebury and a member of the communications team of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network.
Whose Side Are You On?
The 2015 legislative session has ended. At times it felt like a rodeo, full of surprises. I serve on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee. We passed six bills out of our committee that became law. All these bills either benefit consumers or advance our state economy. My committee efforts were among the most satisfying times of the session.
We’d like to start off by thanking Mr. O’Neil for his response (Addison Independent, May 4) to our students, who had submitted letters to the editor about racial profiling. In doing so, he showed our students that, although they are adolescents, they can initiate important conversations about issues that are facing their world, that their voices do matter and that their voices will be heard if they speak out for what they believe in.
BRISTOL — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ and Harwood girls’ track and field teams prevailed at a six-team meet hosted by Mount Abraham on a steamy Monday afternoon.
With many local athletes experimenting in different events, the Tiger boys scored 194 points to defeat Harwood (111), Enosburg (84), Mount Abe (62), Fair Haven (34) and Lamoille (14).
The Harwood girls piled up 164.5 points, ahead of Fair Haven (116), Mount Abe (108), Enosburg (76.5) and MUHS (63).
MASON, OHIO — The No. 3 Middlebury College men’s tennis team (22-3) won NCAA Division III quarterfinal and semifinal matches in Mason, Ohio, on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, to reach the NCAA final.
In Wednesday’s match up against top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, however, the Panthers failed to win a match as the powerhouse team from California won, 5-0, to secure the national championship.
VERGENNES — Congressman Peter Welch will be the principal speaker at the annual Vergennes Memorial Day parade and ceremonies this coming Monday.
The theme to this year’s Memorial Day events is “Honor and Remember.” The parade will begin at Vergennes Union High School at 9 a.m. and end at the City Green around 1 p.m. With Mayor Bill Benton and other local, state and national dignitaries in attendance, as well as Vergennes American Legion Post 14 Commander Paul Paquin, Welch will deliver his address.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team emerged from an upset-filled section of the NCAA Division III bracket and will play this weekend in Philadelphia in the program’s 15th Final Four in what is longtime coach Missy Foote’s final season.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School golf team finished fourth in May 13’s Southern Conference Division III championships, held at the Neshobe Golf Club. The Otters, led by Tom Kingsley’s 96, shot a 397.
Mill River won the Division II crown with a 369, led by medalist Johann Russell (83).
Woodstock (392) came in second, with Fair Haven (396) and OV (397) right behind. Defending champion Springfield (420) took fifth.
Rounding out OV’s scorers were Colin Nicklaw (99) and Joey Scarborough and Eric Laughlin (101 each).